The holidays are a time of great food and great company. We made sure to spend as much time on both of these things as possible with as many people as possible. Lucky for us, we got to spend the 26th with a pair of good friends from our days in Salem, IL at Sake Sushi Bar and Grill in O’Fallon, IL. We knew we wanted to meet for sushi, and all the online reviews in the area pointed us to a joint along interstate 64. My husband and I had never been.
I’ll start off with a small preface that I was not feeling great when we got there, much less after filling my stomach with some very spicy sushi. If you can’t handle spice, this may not be the sushi joint for you. More than half the rolls we got between the four of us had such a kick to them that we must have had to have our drinks refilled three different times. A lot of their rolls boast ‘spicy’ something, and they aren’t kidding. The spicy tuna was a spicy roll compared to every other spicy tuna roll I’ve had across the country.
There are a few joints back home that I have to visit at every opportunity, especially now that I live halfway across the country. One of those places is 54th Street Bar and Grill, a location that is definitely not on a 54th street. It’s booths are filled with mostly pleasant memories, and I have personally drained many a glass while sitting in those booths. Although the circumstances that last got me home were not the best, I took comfort in familiar food.
The place itself looks exactly like what you would expect of a place with ‘bar and grill’ in the name. It’s every wall is lined with booths, and the bar itself is almost directly in the center of the dining area. We had a seat in a booth at the far side of the building. It turned out to be a pretty quiet location to enjoy a late lunch. This is probably one of the first times I was in the building for a lunch. The crowd was much more laid back than the people who show up for dinner!
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