Live, from Chillicothe, Illinois, it’s Saturday Night Cheeseburger starring this week’s host, Castaways Bar & Grill and featuring The Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher. And now, please welcome this week’s host, all the way from Chillicothe, Illinois, Castaways Bar & Grill!
The golden arches loom ahead as we take off down Route 29 towards Chillicothe.
And through the magic of the internet, you're spared a boring 23 minute ride where nothing happened except me trying to find a decent song on the radio and here we are at Castaways Bar & Grill.
Let's go in and let Saturday Night Cheeseburger begin. Hoohah!
I snagged a seat at the end of the bar and who shows up with a bottle of Bud but Brandi looking prettier than ever! And she remembered me! As we did last week, I asked Brandi to pick something other than a cheeseburger off the menu that she considered a tasty house specialty.
Brandi picked an entree from the menu and here she is placing the order. While they prepare that, let's take a look around in here, it's been a year after all, let's see if anything's new in here.
Here's the view from my perch at the bar. Hey, check out this bottle over there on the right...let me zoom in on it...
Josh, Leah, Cody and Brad were hanging out behind me. Josh works at Brewer's Distributing Company where we got a tour a while back. He wanted to give a shoutout to Paul Jacob who runs that place and gave us the tour, so I'll join in on that shoutout! Hello to Paul Jacob!
There's tables opposite the bar and as you can see, there's a crowded house in here tonight.
I remember this pool table from last year. It sits in between the bar and the dining room.
Mermaids hang overhead with their arms raised over their heads as if they're being arrested.
Castaways is the only tiki bar I know of in the area and aquatic art decorates the place.
Surfboards hang from the ceilings...
The dining room is closed and chairs are sitting on the table tops in here.
There is one table where you can sit at after dining room hours back here in the corner and it's lit up by Budweiser neon.
Meanwhile, back at the bar...
A hot sauce ring has been placed at my place, which can mean only one thing...
It's pizza time!
Here's what Brandi picked for tonight's dinner, The Mediterranean Pizza. It looks and smells great!
Wow, Brandi sure picked a winner, this is one tasty pizza pie. You can read more about it in the review below.
Here's Kate who's tending the bar as Brandi takes a well-deserved break. Love that smile!
On my way out I was pleased to see that they still have this cigarette machine that also sells candy and chips.
As is the new custom here at SNC, I asked bartender Brandi for a suggestion of one of the tastier items on the menu and she suggested the Mediterranean Pizza, which is just one of 18 specialty pizzas that they offer. I got an eight inch pie which has thin crust and topped with spinach and artichoke dip, green olives, chunks of chicken and a generous amount of fresh mozzarella cheese melted on top. I wasn’t sure about the spinach and artichoke dip topping and the green olives seemed a little strange on a pizza, but I have to tell you, it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had! They cook the pizzas in a stone oven and it was really crispy and had a creamy savory/sweetness to it and it was bursting with flavor. That pizza pie did not hit me in the eye, it attacked my taste buds in an everloving delicious kind of way!
The menu at Castaways Bar & Grill is massive. In addition to the pizzas they offer over a dozen styles of burgers, a great selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. Take out and catering is available also.
Castaway Art By Jaws the Cabbie!
Jaws the Cabbie sent in this piece of art that's an oldie but a goodie and it fits in well with today's theme, plus check out the "Boris" designed "365 Bars" shirt, a classic! Thanks, Jaws!