Thursday, July 9, 2009

Uptown Grill

If you've ever driven from Madison to St Louis you know there's a long, boring stretch through Illinois with not much to look at, and not too many great places to stop and eat. We stumbled upon an unlikely upscale restaurant in La Salle a couple of years ago and now it's a regular stop whenever we're going through. The Uptown Grill menu is printed daily with specials featuring what's fresh and local. On our last visit I had a difficult time deciding between some of the specials but settled on a beautiful dish of mussels, one of my favorite things. They were prepared with a lemongrass sauce that was light and refreshing and had just a little kick of hot pepper added. There's always a wide range of appetizers offered, which you can make into a shared meal, or if you prefer your own dish, you're sure to find something among all the specials, salads, sandwiches and entrees made by the talented kitchen staff.
During warm months there is screened dining outdoors in addition to a large dining room and spacious bar area. The restaurant seems to always be busy with groups of all ages. The staff is well trained and the food is always outstanding. We definitely recommend you plan a visit on your next trip through central Illinois.

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Karen Ball said...

Finally a reason to stop in LaSalle. Is it a decent stop for a vegetarian?

Anonymous said...

Yea there's always veg options, house made black bean burger, portobello burger, amongst others

misterkozy said...

I live in the LaSalle/Peru area. Uptown is very good though a bit esoteric and a tad pretetious in it's offerings, and that's fine if that's what you have a taste for.

Anyway, this isn't a review of Uptown, I just wanted to mention some other places I've eaten in the area where the food was decent to very good, though there may have been some other, usually minor problem not worth noting. You may want to stop at any of them next time your in my area. So look these places up online at Yelp, Urban Spoon, etc. and decide for yourselves:

Monari's 101 Club, Amici's Ristorante, Mark Allen's American Kitchen and the Waterstreet Pub.

Bon apetit!