August 12, 2013

Inside Mike Shannon's Grill in Edwardsville

"With Mike Shannon's Grill, the long-time, down-home folksy, cold-frosty-one-imbibing radio voice of the St. Louis Cardinals and 30-year Edwardsvillian creates a clubby atmosphere for himself and his guests. It's clear from the first (ahem) pitch that the Shannon team's intention was never to open an east-side outpost of its Market Street original, but rather a community gathering spot, a place where patrons can come in for wings one day and an anniversary dinner the next." Keep reading Cheryl Baehr's review of Mike Shannon's in Edwardsville.

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The "BBBB" is barbecued burger made of a blend of bison, blue cheese and bacon on a brioche bun.
The "BBBB" is barbecued burger made of a blend of bison, blue cheese and bacon on a brioche bun.
The poached-pear salad is arugula topped with goat cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts, pear vinaigrette and cinnamon.
The poached-pear salad is arugula topped with goat cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts, pear vinaigrette and cinnamon.
The "Moscow Mule" is vodka, ginger beer and lime.
The "Moscow Mule" is vodka, ginger beer and lime.
Mike Shannon's bar.
Mike Shannon's bar.
The "BBBB" is barbecued burger made of a blend of bison, blue cheese and bacon on a brioche bun.
The "BBBB" is barbecued burger made of a blend of bison, blue cheese and bacon on a brioche bun.
Gary VanMatre owns the restaurant with his mother, Pat Shannon, and his grandfather, Mike Shannon. His brother, Justin VanMatre is the general manager.
Gary VanMatre owns the restaurant with his mother, Pat Shannon, and his grandfather, Mike Shannon. His brother, Justin VanMatre is the general manager.
The roast chicken is Amish chicken infused with wild mushroom and truffle, French lentil and rice.
The roast chicken is Amish chicken infused with wild mushroom and truffle, French lentil and rice.
The chicken livers with spicy mustard and pickled-beet slaw.
The chicken livers with spicy mustard and pickled-beet slaw.
The exterior of Mike Shannon's Grill in Edwardsville, Illinois.
The exterior of Mike Shannon's Grill in Edwardsville, Illinois.
French toast, served with Nutella, marshmallow, chocolate and honey from the dessert menu.
French toast, served with Nutella, marshmallow, chocolate and honey from the dessert menu.