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Geneva, IL – Old Towne Pub & Eatery Review


In my recent final Midwest swing of the year, before the snow flies and I head back south to the farm, I was meeting various friends around the city and burbs for fellowship and food.   One of my stops took me to Geneva, IL, a far western burb – you’d recognize the quaint downtown if you saw the Tom Hank’s movie “Road to Perdition.”

Geneva’s downtown is vibrant with cute boutiques, specialty shops, antiques and eateries.  I stopped in for a beer only (Stella on draft) at the Old Towne Pub & Eatery, and got suckered in to having the Sunday special, a $5 burger, by the smooth talking and oh so cute waitress, “Nikki.”

Old Towne has a great bar food menu, with some good innovations, and aesthetically pleasing preparation.  They also have beer taps on some of the tables, pour yourself, if you’re inclined – the flow is metered and you’re charged by the ounce.  Wouldn’t be able to take Mrs. Burgerdogboy in there, she’s pull a Barney (the Simpsons) stunt, lie on the floor with the tap and her mouth wide open!

Burgers are 1/2 pound Angus, dressed with tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle;  a whole raft of additional toppings  and cheeses are available with an up charge.  Sandwiches and such are served with a choice of sides from a long list:  fries, tots, chips, or chips and salsa.  Always one to appreciate the small things in life, I can tell you Old Towne has a great pickle spear.

The burger was prepared as ordered, and the beef had great flavor.  It was one of those times I felt condiments did a disservice, and that was the second time in a week, following my visit to Vickies Place, up river from Geneva.

Take a look at the menu for Old Towne, and spend a pleasant afternoon or evening in Geneva.

Old Towne Pub Geneva Review



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Old Towne Pub Geneva review


Chicago, IL – Elephant & Castle Restaurant and Pub


Hailing  out of Vancouver, BC, originally, Elephant & Castle is a fast casual restaurant and bar chain with locations in major cities across the US and Canada. It’s named after a major road intersection in Central London. The company is currently based out of Boston, MA.

Burgerdogdaughter checked out the pub; the  menu features “woosed up” bar food, like Truffle/Parm Potato Chips, Fried Calamari with tzatziki dipping sauce, pub classics like Yorkshire Pudding, Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Fish and Chips.  Burgers, wraps, and sandwiches fill out the menu, plus an homage to their home country (Canada), several different versions of poutine.  The Slum Dog is a panko crusted beef hot dog, wrapped in a garlic naan, drizzled with a tomato curry sauce; carmelized onions, peppers, and spiced yogurt top it off.

Full bar, draft beers, pub atmosphere.

Elephant & Castle Calamari


Elephant & Castle on Urbanspoon

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