Alright, we’re getting close to the halfway mark in this year of sandwiches tour and today which is our 24th week, we’re taking a mini road trip. And like all road trips, this post begins with...
A knock on the door here at MBIP World Headquarters! Let’s see who it is...
Okay, let’s try this one more time, this time I’m going to slowly open the door...
Off we go, today we’re heading to Washington, Illinois to a fairly new place called the 4th & Goal Grill. This place just opened up last summer and it got a good review in the PJ Star, so I’ve been anxious to try it out. Scott suggested it for a possible road trip and now here we are! The place is impressive looking on the outside, quite a formidable brick building! The sign on the door says it’s for fans without tickets and we don’t have any tickets, so I’d say this is the perfect place to be right here and now! Let’s go in and see what’s happening!
That’s a cool wooden host station there and that’s Maddi looking so pretty behind it! She told us we could go ahead and pick a seat at the bar and so that’s exactly what we’re going to do! I don’t need to be told twice!
As you can see, it’s a spacious bar area and Scott got us seats down near the end. I sat down and Scott the bartender was quick with a smile and an ice-cold beer. Everyone in here is really friendly and they really make you feel like a regular, even on your first visit. I love that!
We ordered our sandwiches and an appetizer and there’s Joe and Maddi doing double duty putting our orders in to the kitchen.
Scott and I both agreed that the goalpost taps behind the bar is really unique and very cool! And as you can see, there’s a large selection of beers on tap and they have over 30 different types of bottled beer. You can see all the beers available by clicking right here.
There’s large wooden communal tables directly behind the bar and there’s tables and chairs further over. On the other side of the room is a large dining area for families and groups to sit and enjoy the games, food and drinks here at 4th & Goal.
Large screen TV’s are all over the walls with the day’s games on them and I like the wooden circles with the football logos on them. They look like giant coasters! I took a close-up of the Green Bay Packers one for NWZ Pete! You out there Pete? At the bottom is a shot of the dining room from the back.
Meanwhile, back at the bar...
It’s time to eat! Here’s Maddi with our appetizer. There’s some real interesting selections on the appetizer menu including, Fried Pickles, Cheese Curds and Barbecue Nachos, but we had to try the Atomic Firebombs. These are large orbs of Panko breaded Mac ‘n Cheese with Jalapeno, Green Chili and Honey Sriracha Aioli. These could be a meal unto themselves! They’re really tasty and the outside of them are crispy and mix well with the creamy and spicy Mac ‘n Cheese filling on the inside. Lots of spice and heat and very flavorful too.
Now it’s time for the main course, our sandwiches! Mary is serving them up with a wonderful smile, let’s take a look at this week’s double dose of sandwiches!
Scott ordered the Smoked Turkey BLT Sandwich and I got the Cuban Sandwich, which bartender Scott recommended. They look so good! Time to dig in!
The MBIP Camera wasn’t quick enough to capture Scott eating his sandwich, but here he is enjoying a Sweet Potato French Fry and here’s his review of his sandwich, take it away Scott!
“I usually order a BLT when I can't decide on anything else. I mean, it's hard to screw up bacon, right? And since I couldn't decide here, I ordered the Smoked Turkey BLT. I expected a couple slices of that bland tasteless paper thin crap on a regular BLT. Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong. The lightly toasted Texas Toast was stuffed not only with nice and fresh L & T, the B was thick, crispy and quite tasty. Then there was the gobbler. It had thick, smokey and flavorful pieces that really made a meal out the sandwich. To top it all of it was slathered with 4th Down Sauce. I don't know what was in that sauce (my guess is crack) but it really took the whole thing over the top. This was without a doubt one of the best BLTs I've ever had. And likewise with the sweet tater fries. I'll be returning soon to try out more of the menu. In the meantime, the Smoked Turkey BLT is well worth three and three quarters Dagwoods.”
I got the Cuban after bartender Scott suggested it and he sure made a perfect suggestion! The heart of the sandwich is a tasty combination of Pork Salsa Verde and Ham. Both meats were tender and juicy and really tasted great together. The sandwich is topped off with fresh, creamy melted Swiss Cheese, grilled onions, a homemade Stone Ground Mustard Aioli and crispy, thick slices of pickle. This sandwich is smorgasbord of flavors on a bun. The meats are savory and delicious and the toppings are a perfect compliment to the meat on the sandwich. I really liked the crunch that the pickles added. And this monster of a sandwich needs a sturdy bun to house all of those ingredients and the Ciabatta Roll it’s served on is perfect. It was a dense bread, but really fresh. This was a great sandwich and I’m anxious to go back and try more from their extensive menu which also features pizza, burgers, tacos and salads.
Here’s the whole crew at 4th & Goal and that’s Matt, the second from the left that’s the head chef here and he, along with all of these people are responsible for today’s great sandwiches and appetizer! Thanks to all of you at 4th & Goal for the wonderful food and the friendly hospitality!
Three and Three Quarters Dagwood Bumsteads—This was a wonderful and somewhat unique twist on the Cuban Sandwich and it was so good and tasty! I’m looing forward to a return visit here down the road!
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