Chowhound recs in Quincy, IL for those interested
Quincy gets very little coverage but after being home visiting my parents (I only get back a few times a year) I wanted to let people know about a great new place to eat and some others I highly recommend.
Common Grounds is a new place on 12th St. just east of the downtown. Lovely space, feels like an urban university-type eatery (I am from Champaign now). Open for lunch during the week, breakfast/brunch on weekend and dinner I believe Th/Fri/Sat. Chef and wife ran a restaurant in Santa Barbara I think, and he was personal chef to the Governor of Oregon. The brunch menu today was lovely, and the place was full. Had a nice bohemian vibe to the place. I had an egg sandwich with prosciutto, cheddar, and toppings, along with seasoned potatoes. Call for hours though. Highly recommended.
Other new things: A sushi place (Sho-mi Sushi sp?) is opening or has opened on Washington Square downtown (site of one of the most famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.)Additionally, around the corner from the sushi place a European bakery is about to open, not sure of name.
Other fine choices: Busy Bistro, contemporary American, chef former at La Tache in Chicago. In a lovely former mercantile store.
In an old hotel, The Patio. Great chops and steaks. time-warp atmosphere, but been around from decades.
Great Italian on 3rd Street, near the river and in downtown:
Regional American cuisine at the Pier, with a beautiful view of the cable-stayed bridge crossing the Mississippi to MO:
Jorge the Crook's is upscale American cuisine on Hampshire, around the corner from Tiramisu. $20-30 range for steaks, other things slightly less. No site I know of. Nice space.
Hope this helps someone!
Just verifying that Sho Mi Sushi is now open; it serves both lunch and dinner Mon - Sat.
Besides sushi, they do bento boxes, udon bowls, and other Japanese food. We had bento boxes, with shumai and broiled squid as appetizers. The broiled squid was a highlight - cooked without a trace of rubberiness.
Service was friendly.
Stayed overnight in Quincy 2 years ago and randomly picked going to dinner at The Pier. A very enjoyable meal including a short chat with the chef who likes to use fresh, local products. The restaurant is on top of one of the old bridge piers and has a great view of the Mississippi and the very cool new bridge.