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Granite City: Where happy hour comes twice a day

10/29/2014

Granite City brews all its beer in-house, and a membership to the exclusive Mug Club gives diners rewards for eating and drinking.

Granite City brews all its beer in-house, and a membership to the exclusive Mug Club gives diners rewards for eating and drinking.

Granite City isn’t your average restaurant chain. It’s part food, part brewery — all fun. Granite City takes pride in its in-house brewed beer, featuring such creations as the Broad Axe Stout, with notes of roasted chocolate and coffee; the Bennie, which is a German-style lager with caramel flavors; the Duke and its hoppy flavors; and the Northern, a mild, American-style golden lager — all of which are sold on tap and in growlers.

When a restaurant is so proud of its beverages, it only makes sense that it would offer two happy hours every day. Standard happy hours always seem to end too soon, especially if you work long days or the second shift. That’s what makes Granite City’s special so great: If you missed the 3-6 p.m. deals, just come in later for the same specials from 9 p.m. to bar close.

Sip your way through $3.25 tap beers or choose just about any other drink for $5, including cocktails, martinis, skinny drinks, wine and spirits. But don’t forget Granite City’s other half. Happy hour food specials range from $4 edamame and potato skins to $8 flatbreads and chicken quesadillas.

As if that weren’t enough enticement, Granite City also has a Mug Club that gets members discounts on both food and drinks. A membership with the Mug Club earns you points for every dollar spent, which translate to coupons and 10 percent discounts on Sunday Brunch and special food items. Not a bad deal, especially considering the food itself is already enough to keep customers returning time and again.

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Whether making your first trip or your 10th to Granite City, do yourself a favor and start the meal off with Idaho Nachos — a mountain of waffle fries topped with cheese, bacon, tomatoes, sour cream and green onions — and choose any of the four hand-crafted brews to quench your thirst. Then try one of the Chef’s Favorite Classics for an entrée you won’t soon forget, although there’s really not a bad choice on the menu. If you’re still hungry, top off the meal with one of the succulent dessert menu items, like pistachio cake or a deep-dish chocolate chip cookie.

Granite City is a good place to take a date if you’re looking to impress without showing off. It has a sophisticated environment, but it doesn’t intimidate. The prices are on the higher side, but not over the top.

It’s a well known spot for business dinners and parties. Right now, guests can book a holiday party and receive 10 percent off the bill (for parties of 12 or more people) by signing up before Nov. 1. Granite City even offers catering for those who want to host dinner in their own homes without all the hours of preparation. Holiday cooking just got a whole lot easier. CV

Granite City
12801 University Ave., Clive
515-224-1300, www.gcfb.net
Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sun., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.
Sat.-Sun., 12-5 p.m.
Every night: 9 p.m.-close

 

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