Tonight's You Gotta Eat enjoys a high–end meal.
Eric Shangraw is having dinner at Boyd's Steakhouse.
Boyd's Steakhouse is in the Paradise Casino.
It is a dark–quiet sophisticated setting.
There's no gambling on whether you'll have a dynamite meal.
It's such a sure bet, Sam Valentine and his wife eat here two to thee times a week.
"You don't have to come here and gamble. You can come here and eat and it is worth every penny," said Valentine.
Professionally trained chefs run Boyd's kitchen.
Every item is made from scratch.
"The way we purvey is so consistent because we speck out the steaks to the best of our likings. It is aged at a certain grade. It is graded to a certain percentage of fat," said Food and Beverage Director Scott Simon.
Photographer Josh Simon and I stared with an onion soup. And it actually comes in a hollowed–out onion... the broth is rich, the cheese – "cheesey" and the croutons just right. The presentation alone makes for a super-soup experience.
Josh followed the edible soup bowl with a bone–in ribeye and garlic–mashed potatoes.
He ordered his meat medium rare. They have you cut into the piece of beef before the waiter leaves the table to make sure it meats your expectations.
I had surf and turf. My plate came to me with a thick, juicy, tender filet and lobster tail.
This lobster is from Australia. He's bigger than a cold–water shellfish and sweeter. Dipped in warm butter, it's a seafood encounter like no other in Central Illinois.
If you were to order the same meal Josh and I experienced, be ready for the bill; 124–dollars plus tip.
Boyd's Steakhouse is a taste of culinary heaven in East Peoria.
I'm Eric Shangraw reporting..
Boyd's Steakhouse is open seven days a week for dinner.
They are offering a Father's Day Brunch this Sunday from eleven until 2:30.
Call ahead for reservations.