The beer selection isn't as exciting as the "Tap" part of the restaurant's name might suggest, save for Bell's Two-Hearted Ale by the bottle. The restaurant does have its own proprietary brew, an amber-colored ale, which was quenching, with enough body to separate it from the macrobrew pack.

The appetizer selection is where the shopping-mall vibe is most prevalent, with can't-miss selections such as T-ravs, fried calamari and potato skins. Curiously, for a restaurant only a few months old, the spinach-artichoke dip is described as "award-winning." On a hunch, I looked up J. Buck's menu online. Sure enough, J. Buck's spinach-artichoke dip is also described as award-winning, and, in fact, the two restaurants share several dishes that, at least as presented on the menu, are quite similar.

Jeff Constance oversees the lunch items as they make their way out to the floor.
Jeff Constance oversees the lunch items as they make their way out to the floor.
Hanley's Buffalo-style burger.
Hanley's Buffalo-style burger.

Location Info


Hanley's Grille & Tap-Fairview Heights

Highway 64 & N. Illinois St.
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Belleville/ Fairview Heights


Take a quick tour of Hanley's with our slideshow.

Hanley's Grille & Tap
Burger (with cheese and 2 toppings...$8.97
BBQ Rib and Shrimp Combo...$17.99
Rib eye...$18.99
I-270 & Manchester Road (in West County Center), Des Peres; 314-984-8900.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. (Bar open till midnight Mon.-Thu., 1:30 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. Sun.)

I haven't eaten at J. Buck's, so I can't compare the execution of the dishes there and here at Hanley's. But that Hanley's is clearly trying to achieve the same broad appeal of J. Buck's raises questions. Can a restaurant with a talented chef as its owner distinguish itself? Or is it constrained by its location, just down a hallway from JCPenney?

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