February 3, 2011

Jim's Steakhouse

By Eric Shangraw

February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 9:47 PM CDT

This month, Eric Shangraw is picking his favorite places for great steaks in central Illinois.

And Tonight he's making a trip to a downtown Peoria landmark.

You Gotta Eat is having a meal at Jim's Steakhouse.

Standing among the tall buildings in downtown Peoria is Jim's Steakhouse, in business for 51 years. This location is in the basement of the Janssen building. Dark, quiet, and intimate; Jim's is where you come for a grade-A grazing.

"Foods great. Pretty reasonably priced for as nice of an atmosphere that it is," said one customer.

"It is one of my favorite places to go here in Peoria," said another.

It is also a favorite for anybody hosting an out of town guest. Photo's of famous celebrity customers who's dined at Jim's line the walls.

National Weather Personality Willard Scott dined here with the crew from Wildlife Prairie State Park Tuesday night; (I'm guessing the Groundhog just had salad.)

Jim's steaks are juked with juices. That's because their cut fresh daily.

"We dry age the mean," said cook Ed Driver. "And it kind of takes the blood out of it and it comes all together and it sears the juices inside the meat then when we cut it all the juices are in the meat," said the cook.

My photographer Nick ordered a Ribeye. He asked for it medium well. It came with a baked potato. Probably the best meal this newest member of our newsroom has had in months.

I had Filet Mignon with Artichoke Hearts in a Bearnaise sauce. Bearnaise sauce is a similar to a hollandaise sauce. Egg yokes, lemon, white wine, tarragon and a dash of hot-sauce and worcestershire. It's whisked until thick like thin mayonnaise. With the baked artichoke hearts, and the Bearnaise sauce, its first class presentation and mouth-watering before the first bite.

Our bill with drinks; $92.35 plus tip. If you have out of town family or someone famous visiting, bring 'em to Jim's. Jim's is open seven days a week. They have a lunch buffet on weekdays. Call ahead for reservations.

Jim's Steakhouse
110 SW Jefferson


Lunch 11am[-2 5pm-11:30
Saturday 5pm-11:30pm
Sunday 5pm-10pm

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