You Gotta Eat: River City Cafe & Grille

By WEEK Producer

September 4, 2014 Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM CST

PEORIA, Ill. -- River City Cafe and Grille is located in the Associated Bank Building in downtown Peoria.

Owner Michel Khouri opened the place way back in 1988. It has since grown into a favorite gathering spot of the city's legal community.

"They call it the breakfast club," said Khouri. "Attorneys, judges, they come every morning from 7 to 9, a couple of FBI people."

That's some kind of endorsement all by itself.

The food is homemade. And the service is a throwback to the pre-fast food era, with waitresses Maria and Shirley buzzing from table to table in the dining room.

Gery Gasick has been eating there for years.

"It's nice to have place where you have a waitress, yet (it's) quick,: Gasick said. "Lovely menu."

A menu that includes everything from subs to nachos.

I settled on the pulled pork barbecue sandwich after learning it's one of the restaurant's most popular lunch items. The meat was sweet and the sandwich was so big I wasn't able to put it all away. Maybe I used up too much space enjoying the giant fries.

It also came with cole slaw and a drink. I had the raspberry ice tea.

My bill before tip was $7.50.

River City Cafe and Grille is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. I hear the breakfast menu is also a winner.