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Foodie’s Seafood Reviews2018-01-03T18:54:45+00:00

Foodie’s Seafood Reviews

Read our reviews of local restaurants and see if they have what it takes to be BonafID

Olive Garden

Just last week I had the pleasure of dining at an Olive Garden following a day of sightseeing with a very good friend of mine. Given that we chose to dine at the end of what we assumed would have been the height of lunch rush, we were able to find parking considerably easier than expected. Usually when deciding to dine out, parking is one of the top concerns for me, and if I find myself having to circle a parking lot more than once in hopes of finding a decent space, I will more often than not decide to patronize another establishment in the near vicinity. Little did I know this was just the first of many events that led to a lunch experience that I would not soon forget. As many of you probably already know, waiting in the lobby for an open table while holding a disc [...]

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Ruby Tuesday

This past week, I had the opportunity to dine at a Ruby Tuesday's. I wasn't too excited at first, because as with most franchises, you get the feeling that if you've dined at one, you've dined at them all. I myself had this same thought, along with the reminder of how everyone always raves about the salad bar, no matter which location they are at. This location did have ample parking much to my surprise, especially considering how busy Collinsville can be at times, and the fact that the exterior of the establishment was very well kept was a fact that was not lost on me. Aside from these niceties however, the restaurant itself seemed to be very much like most of the other Ruby Tuesday's that I have dined at previously. Exterior aside, the foyer was quite clean and the hostess was very gracious, allowing us to be seated [...]

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Fresh Thyme

You know how you always want to eat better, and you finally get in the right mood set, clean out all of your junk food and head to the health store only to realize everything is too expensive and you’ll be lucky to afford a salad and a few bananas? If you aren’t familiar with this realization, just wait. I myself used to be this person. It always starts with all the ads on TV promoting weight loss using miracle cures or commercials promising blenders that can “blend away all the calories in your food and make it healthy”.  When you do finally get away from the TV, you get online or go to your local store to get your daily essentials and you are surrounded by people who you might sometimes feel like are watching you check out at the store with all your groceries and that one candy [...]

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Mike Shannon’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration

Classy, friendly and full of die-hard Cardinals fans are the words that immediately come to mind when describing the wonderful 5 year Anniversary celebration that took place just this past weekend at Mike Shannon’s Grill located in Edwardsville, Illinois. Now as many of you know, Illinois is a state in which you are apt to experience a day that is reminiscent of summer followed by a day that might end in snow, and this has been especially true as of late. However, the weather for this event cooperated beautifully and as I arrived at the restaurant I was happy to see so many smiling patrons enjoying the live band and festivities outside on the patio with heat lamps that I assumed were set for the slight chill that accompanies the weather as the sun sets. Because this event took place in the evening, I was able to find parking fairly [...]

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Who Dat’s

A few short days ago, I had the opportunity to dine at a restaurant that is by far one of the most original dining establishments I have ever had the chance to visit, over in Columbia, Illinois. One of the first things I noticed when looking at this restaurant was the sign hanging by the front entrance. The sign, at first glance, seemed to me to be a simple piece of orange paper enclosed in a black frame, but when I began reading it, I realized that it was the entire history of the place and it was such a nice story that if I hadn't known it to be true I probably wouldn't have believed it. This restaurant, from what I was told, is best known for the fact that a New Orleans boy fell in love with a local girl and their love turned into a family and [...]

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Bonefish Grill

This past week, I had the pleasure of reviewing a well known Brentwood, Missouri restaurant known as Bonefish Grill with a friend of mine. I chose this location because of its impressive seafood selection as well as its close proximity to the heart of the city. The journey to this location was a bit daunting due to road construction, but the meal made the journey quite worth it. This location in particular was easy to spot because it was so close to the main road, but I'd be lying if I said it looked like a location with as much to offer as the online menu boasted. If anything, it seemed rather unremarkable upon first glance. However, once you enter the restaurant through the rather impressive revolving door, you instantly begin to realize how their upscale reputation has been earned. One of the first things that I took notice of [...]

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Hokkaido Seafood Buffet & Grill

If you're in the mood to try something new, but not sure what exactly you want, try Hokkaido's! They offer a wide selection of dishes that range from fresh sushi, piping hot soups, fresh entree's, and even a large dessert section that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! This along with their friendly staff will have you coming back for more and the best feature is the fact that their menu consistently offers new dishes all while keeping your tried and true favorites, meaning you'll never get bored by trying the same thing twice. But don't take my word for it, stop by and see for yourself! Much like other hidden gems, Hokkaido’s in Swansea, Illinois doesn’t seem like much upon first glance. However, you would be remiss to not give them a try. The outside is under renovation, which might not make it seem like much when you [...]

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Peacemaker Lobster & Crab

Are you tired of going to the same type of place to get a great seafood meal? Are you in the mood for something fresh and different? If so, then allow me to introduce you to Peacemaker Seafood. The name draws you in and the menu will make you want to stay until you’ve tried 2 of everything. Peacemaker is one location that is definitely not your typical “run of the mill” type of seafood restaurant. Located in Benton Park on Sydney Street, Peacemaker is most definitely in an area that encourages relaxation and maybe even a stroll either before or after dining here. The first thing most people notice aside from the lovely neighborhood is the patio area and façade that make you think almost immediately of beach side dining establishments. The front of the building consists of brick with lovely white frame accents as well as a rather [...]

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1818 Chophouse

Just yesterday I had the privilege of dining at a truly amazing restaurant in Edwardsville. I had noticed 1818 Chophouse quite a few times before throughout my travels in Edwardsville, but due to time constraints, there never seemed to be a large enough window of opportunity to stop and try it out. Imagine my happiness when this restaurant was decided upon for a review this past week. 1818 Chophouse is located in the heart of Edwardsville and is easily accessible with ample parking. To a person like me, ease of access and extra parking are very important when visiting a restaurant. I’ve actually visited a few restaurants in the past, and due to the lack of parking, I ultimately decided to dine elsewhere, much to my chagrin as well as my dining companions at the time. This was not the case though, as there were quite a few spots right [...]

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Wang Gang

Wang Gang is an Edwardsville’s restaurant that is easily accessible by way of Interstate 270 and Hwy 157. It holds true to the saying “don’t blink or you’ll miss it!” Situated within a small strip of stores, it truly is rather hard to spot. In fact, if I hadn’t been invited to dine at this location, I might never have known it was there, but I’m glad I tried it out. From the outside, this location looks like most other buildings you would find in a typical shopping plaza with a tan exterior and the location advertised at the top. Being that it is in very close proximity to SIUE (within 5 miles), I expected parking to be a bit of a hassle, but luckily for me I was able to find a spot right near the front. I got there around 1pm and I took full advantage of the [...]

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El Mezcal

If you have ever driven down Godfrey Road through Alton, then you have probably noticed El Mezcal. It is set just off of the road, and the patio area has a small grove of trees that separates it from the Pizza Hut that is located next door. It's not too much to look at from the outside, but don't let that fool you. Thanks to recent renovations throughout the restaurant, it is nicer than ever before. One of the first things you may notice with this restaurant is that the parking lot is either very full or almost empty. This place gives new meaning to the term "rush hour", in that when it is lunch or dinner time, the parking lot can seem to be packed, but that should not stop you from finding a parking space and trying it out. The renovations have really opened up the restaurant and [...]

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4204 Main Street Brewing Company

Have you ever noticed how certain restaurants have the ability to "breathe new life" into a town once they become established? I certainly have, and the restaurant Main Street Brewing Company, also known as 4204, is no exception to this statement. It is a lovely place to dine if you have the time, and it is conveniently located within the Alton Square Mall's parking lot, albeit a bit off to the side so as to not affect their own parking. When compared to many of the other restaurants inside Alton, Illionois, this one ranks on the higher end of the scale in terms of atmosphere. The interior of the restaurant is full of dark wood and low lighted accents, and more often than not, the tone of the patrons is nothing if not hushed. I find this helps to encourage everyone to relax and enjoy their meal without having to [...]

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