Food review

Apologies to those who’ve missed my blog posts.  I started graduate school (MBA) this semester and just haven’t found the time or energy to blog.  Last week, I took a much needed vacation to play disc golf with some buddies (hereafter known as the DGRT – disc golf road trip).  Since I’m horribly inept at throwing a disc (I got a little better toward the end), the highlight of the DGRT for me was our evening ventures out in search of excellent local food.

Thanks to Chris F., we scored some seriously awesome grub on the DGRT including this little beauty from the Burger Barge right on the river.  I highly recommend the Burger Barge to all you carnivores out there who might ever pass through Peoria.

Just in case you’re having a hard time determining what exactly is on this burger, it’s a nine-ounce beef patty, a boneless pork chop and a chicken breast.  I must say, eating this was one of the greatest American (I lived in Italy for two years so nothing stateside even comes close) culinary experiences of my life.

Here are what some of my fellow DGRTers ate:

Justin R. rocked the double pork chop burger

Justin R. rocked the double pork chop burger

Evan R. had the beef, egg, bacon and ham breakfast burger

Evan R. had the beef, egg, bacon and ham breakfast burger

BTW, don’t waste your time going to see Max Payne.  It kinda sucked.


I actually make these myself quite bit, but the wife gets burnt out on them pretty fast — something about being too heavy and greasy or some such nonsense. Anyway, to the point of this post — the BBQ nachos at Rolla Smokehouse (RSH).

They’re smoky. They’re meaty. They’re BBQ-y and they come with lots of jalapeños on the side. RSH has three or four sauces to choose from. I couldn’t tell you the names off the top of my head, but the sweet, smokey sauce mixed with a little of the spicy sauce is my poison of choice

Having traveled extensively across the South, I think I have a pretty sophisticated BBQ palate. This place didn’t impress me at first, but it gets better every time I visit. I recommend the BBQ nachos.

Rolla Smokehouse BBQ Nachos: That’s butter!