We tried to stop at Grumpy Pete's Steakhouse, 1440 N. 8th Street in Pekin a few months ago for lunch, but they were closed.
At a birthday bash, a couple of our friends got us a gift certificate to the restaurant, so we made plans to meet them there for dinner.
I called late on a Wednesday afternoon and made reservations, but when we arrived on Friday, the lady at the hostess stand could not find us on the list. No worries, though, because we got right in.
The dining room had a bit of a Tuscan flair, a holdover from it's previous tenants, I would guess.
Our waiter Nick stopped by and told us he would be right with us, and had heard me talking about a wine list, so he mentioned that he would bring one by.
After ordering our drinks and some appetizers, we decided on our meals. Minney ordered a pasta dish, J and StfRon selected the ribs ($16.95)and I went with a petite filet ($18.95).
Our appetizers arrived: fried button mushrooms ($5.95) and sautéed, smothered mushrooms ($5.95). Both were good, the latter topped with Swiss cheese.
A live musician set up in the bar, which is fairly close to the dining room, and started playing some tunes.
Our salads arrived (cole slaw for StfRon) and I enjoyed the poppyseed dressing I had selected.
Diving in to dinner, I found my steak to be nicely seasoned and well prepared. StfRon said the ribs were good, however he has become a bit of a rib snob since purchasing a wood smoker a couple of years ago. He knew these ribs were not wood smoked, but they were quite tender.
My side of green beans was standard, but StfRon's side of glazed carrots topped them, with their maple sweet glaze.
Nick seemed to be pretty busy throughout our stay, but he checked in with us at opportune points to make sure we were doing OK.
Grumpy Pete's is not currently serving lunch and is open Tuesday-Sunday at 4 p.m.
Grumpy Pete's closed in late 2010 or early 2011.