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Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant Review ~ Peoria, Illinois

After the boys and I spent the day touring Bradley University (and maybe taking a couple hour nap afterwards), we were ready to get dinner and see a little of Peoria. I knew that we wouldn't have much time exploring the city, so I targeted exploring the Riverfront with the little bit of time we had. I had researched the restaurants available and had semi-decided on the New Amsterdam before we got there. 

We found a parking spot when we arrived at the Riverfront and then set off to explore a little.

We got distracted with a some selfie taking before we got very far. I was finally able to prod the boys into movement again.

After a beautiful walk, we finally arrived at the restaurant. We were able to grab a table outside and had a beautiful view of the river.

Our waitress came out and got our drink orders started (it was a little confusing at times because it seemed like we had different servers at time, we never knew who to go to for help).

The boys got soft drinks and I started with the Moscow Mule. I finally came to the decision that this is not the drink for me. It is nothing against the restaurant, but I finally had to admit that I just wanted to drink out of the cool copper cup and I don't really like drinking that much lime juice straight up. Oh well, I know when to admit defeat.

Gabrian entertained himself by walking around the edges of the patio and took pictures of the flowers. I like to set him free with the camera. He has no shame in what he takes pictures of and he can at times get some pretty interesting shots.
We started off with the French Onion Dip Appetizer. This went over really well at the table. I was surprised how much we like the veggies with the dip (we are not always fans of raw veggies).
Riley ordered one of their Flatbreads. I don't see it on the menu any longer but I believe that it was a BBQ chicken concoction (I went and looked at my receipt and it was the Spicy BBQ Flatbread). He really liked it and finished it all off.

I ordered a really spicy Jalapeno Won Ton appetizer for my meal (this also is not longer on the menu). It burned my tongue but definitely was tasty. I also ordered their chili which was not my favorite. It didn't have beans and I have realized that the beans are my favorite part of chili. I only made it halfway through the cup before calling it quits. I was ready for a second drink and went with the Endless Summer. This thing was as tasty as it was beautiful. I really enjoyed this sweet and refreshing drink.

 Gabrian picked the Kid's Cheeseburger. This thing was huge! Gabrian found it super tasty and really enjoyed it.
When we received the bill it had a lot of discrepancies. Many of the prices were way off compared to what was listed on the menu.They did get it fixed but it took a really long time and it rubbed me the wrong way. It made me question how many people are they ripping off?

Overall, our experience was ok. I would probably give them a second chance but I would definitely go over the bill with an eagle eye. If you would like to try out New Amsterdam for yourself, they are located at 120B SW Water Street, Peoria, Illinois.