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Kiefs Reef Review – McHenry, IL

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Kiefs Reef ReviewThere are lots of bars and eateries along the Fox River in Northern Illinois. If you’re a boater, you can navigate the river up to the “Chain of Lakes” where you’ll find even more choices. At nearly each one, there are docks to tie up your craft if you feel like having lunch, dinner, or a few bumps.

In the winter, apparently, they also serve as way stations for snowmobilers going up and down the frozen river.

Such was the case yesterday at Kief’s Reef, and also it happened to be a “wake/memorial” for a local denizen who had recently passed, and was apparently quite a popular person judging from the size of the crowd. It was elbow to elbow.

I might have chosen someplace different had I known about that, but once inside, I was committed, and I had looked at the menu earlier in the day, and had a hankering for their offer of a “School of Lake Perch” platter, served with fries, tots or chips, and a dollop of cole slaw.

Kief’s Reef, I understand, is very popular for their version of the Friday nite fish fry, a big thing in these parts. They also serve up a respectable pizza, a lot of wings, and prime rib on Saturdays.

The perch was everything I was expecting and more. Three large fillets, batter fried, crispy on the outside, tender, steaming fish inside. Tots were deep fried to perfection, as they should be. Ultra-creamy cole slaw had a little twist to it, as their recipe includes ultra fine diced onion. Nice change.

The burger was mammoth, hand pattied, and covered with blue cheese morsels, not some of the icky salad dressing so many people use. The blackened seasoning was just the right amount and there was more than ample bacon. The bun was bakery soft but sturdy enough to hold up as many toppings as you could choose to garnish your meat.

Video gaming, of course, too.

I’ll go back in the summer, sit on the outdoor patio/deck, watch the boats putt by on the lazy river, maybe have a beer, and admire the sunbathers.

Full menu.  Best server ever?  Kelly!

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Kiefs Reef Review

“A School of Lake Perch” Plate

 

Kief's Reef Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Portland – Buffalo Wild Wings

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Tough to get me into a Wings place.   Chicken wings are kinda like potato skins,  those things they used to throw away, IMHO, until the Anchor Bar in Buffalo New York changed all that (at least for wings).  Add to the horror that most wing places (BWW was no exception) have 86 TVs with ESPN on them, and you can be sure it’s not my kind of place.  Why aren’t there bars that only run A&E, the History Channel, and Discovery?   Like a crab shack that runs that crab catching show?   Yeah, that’s the ticket.

So I’ll eat tenders, but not wings.    What brought me here today was someone asked if I had tried their burgers, and I hadn’t, so in I went.    The “Black and Blue Burger”  (original name, eh?)  was approximately a third pound burger with “cajun” spices and blue cheese sauce.  (A dribble of salad dressing, see pic).   I added a side of rings for 99 cents additional, and they were nothing to write home about (or here) either.

So about $12 including a soda.  Good enough, but not good enough!

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