June 4, 2009

Johnny's Hideaway

By Eric Shangraw

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

Today's You Gotta Eat is featuring lunch on the river.

Eric Shangraw tries the special at Johnny's Hideaway.

Johnny's Hideaway is the latest restaurant name to take advantage of the old power station building on Peoria's Riverfront.
The bar, formerly known as Crooked Water, formerly known as Roxy's, just started serving food about three weeks ago after being retooled at the end of last year. The wait staff gets a work out running up and down from the second floor kitchen.

"We have some lounge areas with our couches. We have a sky bar upstairs. It is a nice bar with a crystal fireplace. We also have the front patio and the back patio," said manager Paula Baize.

The deck, which hangs out over the river, gives you up close and personal views of boaters and big barges.
If you had a pocket full of cash and no responsibilities in the real world, one could easily waste an entire afternoon and evening sipping suds and watching the river.
Or you could just eat, drink pop, soak up and sun and run.

"I had the Philly Steak Sandwich. And the tatter tots with cheese. It was very delicious," said customer Bob Lizer.

"On a sunny day at the river I don't think you could beat it in the summertime," said customer Kim Lister.

My photographer Josh Simon ordered the Mexican Burger topped with cheddar cheese, chili, jalapenos and a fried onion ring.
I started with the loaded baked potato soup. It is stout, full of hearty spud cuts, sour cream and real crunchy bacon.
The soup was great. Then came my chicken cordon bleu sandwich with a side of tater tots.
The tater tots where fine. The sandwich was just okay.
Not much flavor between the bun.
Josh felt the same about his burger.
– With drinks our bill; 19–dollars plus tip.
If you like a million dollar view, Johnny's Hideaway is a worthy escape for drinks.
I'm Eric Shangraw reporting.

Johnny's Hideaway
330 SW Water St.
Kitchen Hours;
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 11am-10pm

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