Live from Washington, Illinois, it’s Saturday Night Cheeseburger starring this week’s host, McMahon’s Pints and Plates and featuring The Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher. And now, please welcome this week’s host all the way from Washington, Illinois, McMahon’s Pints and Plates!
We're off on another Saturday Night Adventure. Just like last week, I'm going to deviate from going to the place I went to a year ago. Last year I had trouble finding a place to get a cheeseburger and ended up at a bar on Main Street. Well that place doesn't have food and I'm starvin' like Marvin over here, so I'm going to take a suggestion from David Garner via facecrack. After I posted last week's link there, he left this reply:
So we'll just take the same route we took last week and go around the corner...
And here we are, at least I I think we're here, there's no sign out front...
Here's the signage up near the front door. Looks like we've found tonight's destination!
Let's go inside and let the action begin!
There's a nice dark ambiance in here and I spy a seat in the middle of the bar over there, let's go snag it and get settled in.
The evening begins on a nice note as pretty bartender/manager Sonja serves up the first beer of the evening! Cheers!
Here's the view from my seat at the bar.
Check it out, there's 14 beers on tap in here, quite a selection!
Here's a colorful chalk board with the nightly specials.
There's a dining area with tables and booths opposite the bar.
There's a brick archway over the middle of the bar that leads to...
Another room with islands opposite the bar and two pool tables.
Here's a shot from the end of the bar that runs from one room to the other. This is one long bar!
There's also a stage over here in this corner of the room...wait a second, didn't that sign say that there's live music here on Saturdays?
I thought so, check out the lower left corner, "Saturday Live Music," so where's the band?
This is Matt, who I met at the Tartan Inn last winter and he had the answer to our musical question. His band, Cosmic Dice is playing here tonight and they're on break for a little bit, but he said they'd be back playing soon. Okay, looking forward to hearing them play!
Meanwhile back at the bar, it looks like dinner is just about to be served...hey, let's check out the hot sauce in the condiment ring...
Frank's Hot Sauce! Jesus Christ, this stuff is starting to become the generic yellow mustard of hot sauces, how about a little variety people? Sheesh!
I forget all about the hot sauce as dinner is served...wow! I got a half rack of ribs and it comes with fries and cole slaw. The meal looks and smells amazing!
The ribs are so tasty and the homemade barbecue sauce is the perfect compliment for them. The meat literally falls off the bone. The fries and cole slaw are homemade and delicious as well, you can read more about the meal in the review below. This was one finger-licking good meal!
This is Tyler who's a chef here and he cooked tonight's wonderful dinner, fantastic work, Tyler!
Just as I finished dinner, Cosmic Dice took to the stage, perfect timing!
I didn't want to leave the drummer out of the pictures and here he is sporting a cool Who t-shirt.
The band plays rock 'n' roll songs including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rolling Stones tunes, but they also mix it up with unexpected songs like, Nancy Sintatra's, "These Boots Are Made Walking," and "Play That Funky Music." They're a fun band and you can follow their schedule on facecrack.
Matt proved to be quite the multi-tasker of the evening, here he's playing a stinging solo on the guitar...
And the next thing you know he's selling Cosmic dice t-shirts from the side of the stage. Thanks to McMahon's Pints and Plates and to Cosmic Dice for a fun and entertaining night out on the town. We'll see you all tomorrow!
I got a half rack of ribs with french fries and cole slaw. First off, if this is a half rack, I’m scared to see what a whole rack is and you can insert your own Pamela Anderson joke right here and now. So it’s a generous portion of ribs that are slathered in homemade Guinness barbecue sauce. The sauce is really tasty and tangy with equal parts heat and sweet and the meat on the ribs literally falls off the bone it is so tender. Nothing’s out of the bag in this place, both the french fries and cole slaw are made in house and were a perfect compliment to the ribs. A wonderful meal!