PEORIA, Ill. -- On this All Hallows Eve, the gloomy rain bearing down outside of New Amsterdam on the Peoria Riverfront adds to frightening flare inside.
"Just a downtown bar and grill, some place easy to go to do what you want when you get there, kind of like New Amsterdam," said co-owner Todd Waldschmidt.
Chad and I took that advice to heart and took on new personas.
New Amsterdam's menu has a Dutch flare and is full of choices, from drinks to desserts and steaks to starters.
We ordered one of the latter, a shrimp and lobster flat bread.
The bar and grill's name is inspired in part by the beginning of the Counting Crows song, Mr. Jones and the location, is a renovation hot spot.
"We've got some new blood down here doing the same thing as we are, so come out and give us a shot," he said. "It's not the old downtown, it's the new downtown."
The Mad Hatter of New Amsterdam delivered our entrees.
First, the prime rib sandwich for me. It has onions, Swiss cheese and au jus for dipping. For the side, I ordered homemade french fries.
Chad twisted his pasta around his fork to eat his spaghetti with homemade meat balls. He also got two baguettes to dip in the sauce.
Besides each others company, we also enjoyed the view.
Our appetizer and two entrees came to $45.20 plus tip.
New Amsterdam on Water Street opens at 11 am every day is open 'til late.