We chose to dine at Granite City Food & Brewery when a friend invited my husband and I out to lunch on a Sunday in October 2010. The restaurant has a popular Sunday brunch, so we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table after we arrived around 12:30 p.m.
After we were seated, the server took our drink orders, then asked if we would were going to eat from the brunch buffet. When I said we would like to see menus before making our decision, she seemed frustrated that she had to go get them. She brought the coffee and water we had requested relatively promptly, but did not bring any cream, so I asked that she get me some. She also neglected to bring the milk we had ordered for our son. We waited about 10 more minutes before he finally got his milk, but she still didn’t bring any cream for the coffee. After waiting for about five more minutes, I finally got up and got some myself from the bartender. I actually thought of asking a manager for assistance but did not see one on the restaurant floor. The waitress eventually brought some cream a few minutes later.
My husband and I chose to eat from the brunch buffet, and the server advised it would be free for our 13-month-old son. The buffet was stocked with both breakfast and lunch foods, including scones, fresh fruit, breakfast meats, a Mexican-style, scrambled-egg dish, a salmon dish and a hot, creamy potato casserole. Waffles, biscuits and French toast were also on the buffet, and a gentleman at the end of the serving line was cutting prime rib on request.
My husband and I agreed that the potato casserole was very tasty. He also enjoyed the prime rib, but I found it a bit too rare for my taste. The fresh cantaloupe was ripe yet firm. I only had a taste of the strawberries before they ran out on the buffet and were not replaced. The bacon had excellent flavor; it was thick and cooked to a perfectly crunch texture.
Our friend ordered from the menu, choosing the grilled Asian chicken salad. She reported that it had a good taste. She found the portion size to be too large for one meal and chose to take some home.
Our server checked back in with us occasionally and did a good job of keeping our coffee refilled.
The salad cost $10.99, while the buffet was $12.95 per person.
If you are looking for a quiet meal, this is not the place to be on a Sunday, as the size of the crowd and open design of the restaurant amplify noise. It was also a bit hard to navigate through the eating area to reach the buffet due to the table placements.
A visit to the ladies’ restroom revealed clean facilities.
While the food here was very good, it came at steep price, and the service was very disappointing. We might return on a weekday, but will probably avoid the Sunday buffet in the future.