A Washington tavern destroyed by fire more than a year ago is now re-open and booming with business.
Eric Shangraw is having lunch at Kep's Place in this week's You Gotta Eat.
Kep's Place is in an industrial wing of Washington. The non-descript metal exterior is no indication of what's inside. Seven-thousand square feet of space to watch sports and feast on your favorite fried food.
"We got the business up and going and we've done a little bit of advertising and I think everyone is just coming out to see how we are doing," said co-owner Elizabeth Heider.
"They have very good food and it is not really expensive," said customer Julie Fuchs.
"I love the atmosphere and all the fried food," said customer Lori Biagini.
"Big screen televisions. You can watch all the sports stuff. Tonight they'll have the Bears and Fighting Illini," said customer Loren Swanson.
Photographer Doug Smith and I started with snake bites. These are dangerously good. They are chunks of prime rib. -Dipped in a wet batter. -A dry batter. -Then deep fried. You can dip them in horseradish sauce. Steak sauce. Or be a bad-boy like Doug and use ketchup! Anyway you paint them, they're good and not overly salty.
Doug followed the snake bite with a Gourmet Bison Burger: Fresh ground buffalo dressed up as you like it. I had Kep's Burger. This is another original. Fresh ground beef, sauteed onion, with cheese, bacon and a fried egg over easy. The first bite of the juicy burger springs memories of breakfast. (But I've been awake for hours). That helps make the egg a nice compliment to the beef.
We also had some frips. Instead of chips, a fried sliced potato. Not in the outstanding catagory as the snake bites.
With drinks our bill; $28.26 plus tip. Next time I'm ordering snake bites and a salad for more diet balance.
Kep's Place is open seven days a week starting at eleven a-m.
313 Muller Rd.