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Steakhouse in Peoria

LikestoEatout | Sep 15, 200312:46 PM

Visiting relatives in Peoria this past weekend and was taken to Alexander's Steakhouse on Alexander St. along the Illinois River in Peoria. First problem was that one of our party requires handicap accommodations. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very long and very steep ramp to the 2nd floor of this revived industrial building. It was not easy for an elderly person with a walker. Now to the food. Upon entry, you walk past the salad bar which is billed and "Peoria's best". It looks to be 30 feet long but we come to find out that it is 15' long and then is duplicated on the other end. It can only be served from one side which caused long lines which had to be disrupted by attendants bring in more food. The items where basic, iceberg lettuce and spinach were the choices, I don't remember seeing any prepared salads but did see cottage cheese, the usual add ons of bacon bits, croutons, cheese, tomatos and then 4 dresssing choices. Hardly what I would consider the "Best". Obviously the main focus is steaks but there was pork chops and sword fish on the menu. Now heres the most interesting part....once you looked at the menu, you went to a cooler, picked out your steak/chops/ whatever, and cooked them yourself on 2 large grills that could be reached from all 4 sides. There were a number of containers of salt, pepper, a spice rub and garlic that you could sprinkle on your item. Also there were baked potatoes with melted butter for you to cook as well. I selected the pork chops (2-8 ounce)while the guys in our party grabed huge slabs of steak. Since my chops were smoked, they didn't need to cook as long which meant I returned to our table and was nearly done eating by the time everyone else came back with their steaks. The exception here was our walker bound person who ordered ribs cooked by the kitchen, and another who ordered salmon which was the seafood special. They didn't get their food until after the steak cookers came back. Upon fine reading of the menu, if you want the chefs to cook your food, it was $2.50 more! Upon even finer reading of the menu, there was a $12.99 charge for a second plate. The waitress "did us a favor" by allowing the 2 8yr olds to cook one steak and share that without the $12.99 charge. When bill time came, we asked that my party of 3 be seperated since we did not order alcohol or deserts like the others did. We got our bill and were told that they already included a 20% tip for our large party (7 adult, 2 little ones. My bill was for the ribs, the salmon (which was only a small filet portion) and the pork was $65! Now remember, we also tipped 20% to someone who brought us drinks and 2 of the dinners....we did the cooking! I have been going to Peoria over 20 years now and have never heard any mention of this place when we have gone out to me...I certainly don't want to go back to this one!

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