Noticing that Water Street Wines, Café and Coffees had opened recently at 100 S. State Street in Peoria, occupying the former Big Easy Café location, we stopped in on Friday night.
We found a group of people we know enjoying some wine and beer in the restaurant, so we pulled up a table and joined them.
Water Street Wines is open from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Friday 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., so we figured we could grab some dinner down there.
The walls now sport a bright shade of red paint, and some nice wine art.
Perusing the menu, we found it to be lighter fare such as sandwiches, wraps and salads.
I went for the first thing that caught my eye, the black bean burger, topped with provolone, served on a pretzel roll for $7.95.
I also decided to try a flight of red wines, 2 ounces of a selection of three red wines: Eric's Red from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, a Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel and a Chilean red blend. The flight was priced at $6.95.
StfRon chose the toasted Italian sandwich, ham and salami topped with mozzarella, artichoke hearts and basil on ciabatta bread, minus the roasted red peppers and black olives.
He also went with a flight of red wines.
The sandwiches came accompanied by a delicate serving of blue corn tortilla chips and hummus.
My black bean burger was good and filling, and the pretzel roll was a nice touch. The amount of chips and hummus was fine for me, since the burger was so large.
The Bogle zin got my vote for best wine with my meal.
StfRon said the Italian sandwich was tasty, and he enjoyed the crunchy bun.
The café will make a good hangout for people living and working downtown, and I will be back to try the oatmeal and some coffee, and will probably be craving the black bean burger and pretzel roll in a couple of weeks for lunch.
October, 2010 — Water Street Wines has closed.