September 25, 2008

Jim's Steak House

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

Jim's Steakhouse is a Peoria restaurant unlike any other in the River City.
In the basement of the Jansen Building downtown, Jim's is for the power lunch crowd. And that includes everyone from motorcycle riders to attorneys.
Customers like the building's namesake, Jay Jansen, meet to eat and unwind.
Its' fun to see the famous faces fed here like actor Ray Liotta and former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson.
You feel at ease just like they did. Low light and dark décor combined with grazing through a buffet line is a prescription to bring down your blood pressure.

"It is nice to have an opportunity to sit down and enjoy lunch as opposed to running through a drive through and trying to eat it on your way back and forth to court," said customer and prosecutor Elisa Nelson.

"I absolutely love the food. I'm a huge eater. I don't look like it, but I like to eat. So you don't just get one plate of food. I can keep going back and completely stuff myself!" said customer and prosecutor Nicole Slee.

That kind of language and legal–eagle endorsement fired us up just as Dubbs and I entered the front of the Jim's lunch buffet line. We went after a slice of prime rib, fried orange–roughy, Italian sausage and peppers and steamed vegetables.
We dig through the portions on our plate with the enthusiasm of a prosecutor with a taped confession.
The first portion to hit my pallet, the chicken and corn chowder. It is made with fresh roasted corn. A treat as a starter.
Jim's steaks are dry aged and beyond special.

"It means they are aged for four weeks. They hang up the beef before they are actually trimmed out and made into steaks," said cook Ed Driver.

Dubbs and I decide not to overdo it... because dessert is so appealing.
I real in the Raspberry Mascarpone.
Fruit flavor and cheese between layers of yellow cake. It is the same cheese you taste in Tierra Maseru.
Dubbs has fresh fruit splashed in bourbon, and pecan pie.
Jim's has genuine dessert to die for.
Our bill for lunch: 24–dollars, plus tip.
Dubbs wants to come back with his 93–year–old mother. He says she usually offers to pick up the tab.
Jet setters or Joe Six–Pack will both enjoy Jim's.
Gil's Supper Club is on Farmington Road or Route 116 in Hanna City.
They are open Tuesday through Saturday evenings starting at 4 o'clock.
Just in case its' crowded, your best bet is to make a reservation, Gil's seats up to 275 people.
309-565-7889

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