Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quad Cities Restaurants

We recently spent some time in the Quad Cities, courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, to check out some amazing outdoors activities (check out "Quad Cities Outdoors" over at Midwest Basecamp. To have the energy to go cycling, hiking, paddling and more, we headed to a variety of restaurants to enjoy some amazing food and to refuel (beer is hydration, right?). Here are the restaurants we visited while were there:

Quad Cities Restaurants
On our way into town, we stopped for lunch at Tantra Thai Bistro (Davenport, IA). Located in a nondescript strip mall on the side of a large road, this restaurant surpassed our expectations after that initial impression failed to wow us. The decor was quite beautiful and it had a very soothing atmosphere (except the cheesy elevator music). We enjoyed the super fast service, lots of options, all at fair prices. My son and his friends said they'd come back again, which is the best praise a restaurant can get, in my opinion.
Tantra Asian Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Quad Cities Restaurants
Our first dinner was at the Front Street Brewery (Davenport, IA), which is a way cool bar in an old building right across from the river. Slightly sketchy feeling neighborhood but it looks like it's pretty lively and making a comeback. Creative menu takes bar food classics in a novel direction. Friendly service. Good beer selection along with a full bar make this a good place to taste test away an afternoon. (Meal comped - all opinions are my own.)
Front Street Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Quad Cities Restaurants
The next day our host took us out to lunch at Bent River Brewing Company, (Moline, IL), a pretty typical looking bar and grill.  It's in the downtown area, where it seems a lot of things are happening, in a good way. Entering past the brewery's large brewing tuns is a great way to get ready for beer and food. Speaking of which, pair their Ale Rings with the Jalapeño Pepper Ale (the beer is in the ring's breading, which is a great combination). All the food was satisfying and good, service was friendly and attentive, and we enjoyed every bite. (Meal paid for - all opinions are my own.)
Bent River Brewing Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Quad Cities Restaurants
Driving up to the Prairie Grille at SteepleGate Inn (Davenport, IA), it's hard to believe there is a good restaurant in the dated looking building. A narrow, low ceilinged entry hall takes things from bad to worse. But...it was definitely better than expected. Decent basic Americana here on the menu, very reasonable prices for a hotel restaurant, though wine prices seemed a bit high. If you put this restaurant in a better location and in a more attractive building, and it would be a neighborhood favorite. (Meal discounted - all opinions are my own.)
Prairie Grille at SteepleGate Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Quad Cities Restaurants
For our last meal, we stopped in to the Bad Boy'z Pizza & Pub (Moline, IL), which seems on the squalid side of something that sounded pretty good on paper. Seating inside and out (pretty crowded) , with friendly though noncommittal servers, and an option for a la carte or buffet meals. We opted for the buffet option and it was a bit strange, but ultimately pretty good. The pizzas were really tasty and there were quite a few options put out while we were there, but the salad and taco bars left more to be desired. I didn't even try the salad bar, as it just looked really unappetizing, but I gave the tacos a try. Tortillas were stuck together and the fillings seemed like an afterthought, but they turned out pretty well. I'd suggest the restaurant ditch those two options unless their willing to put some effort into the presentation and quality, and stick to the pizza.
Bad Boy'z Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We can't wait to go back to the Quad Cities, not only to experience more outdoors fun, but also to search out more great places to eat!

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