Live, from Washington, Illinois, it’s Saturday Night starring this week’s host, The Blacksmith Steakhouse with special guest stars, Colleen and Kelly Kimball and featuring The Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher! And now, please welcome from the square in Washington, Illinois, this week’s host, The Blacksmith Steakhouse!
As we got out of the car, Colleen and Kelly pointed out these feet that proclaim, “Lincoln Walked Here.” I was excited and put my feet in the footsteps and then I found out that it was Carl Lincoln that walked here. Carl Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln’s third cousin who was a little bit of a drunken embarrassment to the Lincoln family who mistakenly traveled to Washington, Illinois instead of Washington D.C. to see his third cousin. Well, it’s still kind of exciting. Okay, not really so let’s just move along here.
And here we are moving along to our destination, The Blacksmith Steakhouse. It just moved into this location this month, so let’s go inside and take a look at this new space!
It’s downstairs in the basement so we travled down the stairs and met Jarett who was at the host station at the bottom of the stairs. He led us to our booth and...
Here we are settled in at the booth! That’s Colleen and Kelly opposite from me at the booth. This is Kelly’s first time on the blog, but Colleen was featured about two months ago in this post where I got some things framed. Some people have a personal trainer, but I have a personal framer and that person is Colleen! We’ll have an exclusive photo of Colleen in front of the wall in the MBIP World Headquarters that she’s framed. Keep scrolling for that photo eventuality down at the bottom of this post!
This is our lovely waitress, Rachel with our appetizer of a plate of wings! The wings were delicious and after I ate mine it was time to abandon Colleen and Kelly to take some pictures of The Blacksmith Steakhouse, so here we go!
Over here is an actual door from the bank vault from days gone by. There’s also a photo of the Washington Square from back in those days. There’s also photos on the walls over the booths and here’s the entrance to the other room in here.
As you enter you see some tables lined up along the brick wall and there’s also a nice bar in here. That’s Alex and Chris behind the bar. Check out the copper-top bar. There’s eight beers on tap and a shot from the other end of the bar.
I love that Jack Nicholson picture and quote at the end of the bar! Opposite the bar is a communal table for large parties or wandering communes looking for dinner. Over here on the wall is some sort of iron thing that I’m guessing is blacksmith related.
And there’s other blacksmith-type items on the wall over here.
Meanwhile back at our booth, my salad has arrived and Colleen is showing some photos of paintings that Kelly has painted in the last couple of months. Kelly just started painting recently and he’s really done some great work with these!
And now, it’s time for the main course for this Saturday night dinner!
Colleen got the salmon salad, Kelly got a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and fries and I got the Flat Iron Whiskey Steak with a side of macaroni and cheese.
The mac and cheese was really tasty. They use white cheddar in the sauce and it’s really rich, creamy and delicious! The steak was cooked perfectly and it’s topped off with wild mushrooms and a bourbon crème sauce that really complimented the savory beef nicely. Colleen and Kelly both said their meals were delicious as well. We saw some desserts on a tray being delivered to a booth nearby that looked amazing, but we were too full after our meals to sample them. Oh well, it’s a good excuse to come back!
Okay, I told you that Colleen is my personal framer, well here’s my wall before Colleen...
And here it is after she worked her framing magic on it at Technicraft! Thanks to everyone at The Blacksmith Steakhouse for a wonderful evening and a delicious dinner and thanks to Colleen and Kelly for driving and the fun company for the evening! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
101 Washington Square
Last week I had a coin counting contest over on facebook. Here’s a photo of the coins. I asked people to guess the dollar amount of the coins and then I went to cash them in.
Here’s the coins in the garbage bag to transport them to be counted. My bank doesn’t count coins...
So MBIP reader and pal, Mikey C. volunteered to take them to his bank and he even picked me up to go there. What a guy!
Here we are at Heartland Bank. I didn’t take any photos inside because they weren’t too thrilled about the size of the bag and having to count all of these coins. I’m guessing they might just stop this service soon!
Here’s the total amount of the cash, $471.58!
And here’s the winning guess from Keli Lynn! She was just about nine dollars shy from the actual amount! Keli wins fifty bucks and she and a guest will be joining me for a Saturday Night dinner here on the blog real soon! Stay tuned for that and thanks to everyone who played along in the contest and congratulations to Keli! People really do win here on MBIP!