Well, the ten week ice cream tour is officially over and so now it’s time to cleanse the palate and start on a new food journey! That will be announced at the end of this post but before that happens we need to go to our palate cleansing destination and that place is the Lariat Steakhouse. I felt bad that when we did the ice cream drink tour they kind of got the short end of the stick because their ice cream machine was on the fritz and we had to disqualify them. I love the Lariat, so I thought we’d give them another shot and get our palates cleansed all at the same time, so it’s off we go!
And here we are and here's a slightly fuzzy-wuzzy picture of the Lariat Steakhouse (HATE the MBIP Camera!) This is Peoria’s oldest steakhouse, it’s been here since the 40’s! There’s not a sign on the building, it’s standing over here...
Oh, oh! Looks like they’re not too happy about being disqualified in the ice cream drink tour! Let’s go in and straighten this out!
We’ll eat at the bar and there’s Matt serving up an ice-cold bottle of Budweiser. And seated nearby is the owner of the Lariat, Dan Kouri! Great to see both of them and the ice cream machine is working tonight, so we can finally the Brandy Alexander, which is my personal favorite ice cream drink! But first I ordered an appetizer, while that’s being prepared, we’ll take a little look around in here.
The back of the bar is all lit-up and the colors change every minute or so which always induces a little bit of an acid flashback, which is always a good thing! There’s the half dozen beers on tap.
The dining room in here has never changed for as long as I can remember and I love that! It’s the darkest dining room in town and it’s really has a rustic old-school vibe with a fireplace and all of the wooden beams, arches and dim lights. As I was walking around, I ran into Naomi, looking pretty as always! She’s my favorite waitress in here and has to put up with my dad’s luncheon group every week!
Meanwhile, back at the bar, it looks like it’s about time for my appetizer!
Whoomp, there it is! I got the crab-stuffed mushrooms and they are so good! It’s four mushrooms stuffed with a tasty crab filling and then covered in a pile of melted cheese. These are so tasty! The mushrooms are cooked in a butter sauce and the crab filling and cheese are really rich and creamy. It’s one of my favorite appetizers in town!
And now for dessert, the famous Lariat Steakhouse Brandy Alexander! The Lariat is known for their ice cream drinks and they have a nice selection, but my favorite is the Brandy Alexander. There’s Matt adding the ice cream from the machine and it's working great tonight!
Next comes the most important ingredient, the brandy! I always ask for a little extra with my drink!
This is something I’ve never seen before. After the brandy, the concoction gets mixed up in the Electro Freeze thingy! Fancy-schmancy!
There’s Matt pouring the drink into the glass...
He serves it up...
And I dig in! This is so good! It’s dusted with a cocoa powder and the brandy mixes so well with the soft vanilla ice cream!
All done! The palate is officially cleansed and now it’s time to reveal the next food tour! Oh Ringo, can you help us out with a drum roll here?
Thanks, Ringo! Okay, the next food tour is...
Seven months of...
Steak! I thought the Lariat Steakhouse was the perfect place to announce this tour and we’ll definitely come back here to have a steak dinner during this tour! And this will be all kinds of steak dishes from New York Strip to chopped steak to steak sandwiches to steak tacos and everything in-between! The MBIP Seven Months Of Steak Tour starts next Tuesday, so stay tuned to see where we have our first steak dinner of the tour! We’ll see you tomorrow!
2232 W. Glen Avenue
Peoria Heights Chili Cookoff @ Tower Park!
A new tradition is starting on Sunday, October 22nd in Peoria Heights, it’s Build Peoria’s first annual Chili Cookoff! A dozen restaurants are competing in this chili festival and you can get a ticket by clicking here. The proceeds are going to build a dog park in the Heights, so of course dogs are welcome! There’s also going to be live music, beer, wine and lots of chili! I hope some of it’s beanless or I could go hungry! It’s being produced by the Build Peoria fundraising group who are doing some great things for this town. They’ve recently formed and you should check out and like their facecrack page!