Bettendorf, Iowa casino trip!
Heading to Bettendorf for a couple of days to do some gambling and visiting with friends. I already know we'll be heading to the Machine Shed for breakfast, but can anyone suggest some good dinner locations in the area? I really would like to get out of our hotel and their restaurants. American fare would be terrific, steaks, etc., or Italian or anything that is really good and worth the trip. Thanks so much!
Close to you is Trattoria Tiramasu, which is a decent Italian place. The other place that comes to mind is Lunardi's in Davenport. Both are long running places, so expect that "1950s/1960s American Italian" experience with the kind of food you'll get at both.
Probably the best steak is Bass Streak Chop House, which also has seafood. Be prepared to pay though.
My favorite place is probably Le Figaro in Rock Island. It's supremely quiet, the French food is excellent, and you can get French Table Service on the dinners for two most nights.
A side trip to Whitey's Ice Cream is worth your time if you like Shakes or Malts. Some of the best shakes I've tried. There are a number of locations.
Excellent, but pricey is Red Crow. It's a Fusion style restaurant. Probably the best quality food in the Quad Cities.
Another good breakfast spot is Riefe's. There is almost no ambiance, but the food is good and the service is generally excellent. Pretty modestly priced as well.
For breakfast there's also City Limits in Rock Island, which has good food, but be prepared to wait. They recently added table space, but did not increase the size of the kitchen so service can be slow at peak times.
Finally, slightly out of your range is the town of LeClaire, which is where the History Channel show American Pickers is based. If you're planning on seeing the Picker's store, one of the best restaurants in the area is there. Steventons has an excellent Fusion style menu that leans towards seafood and has the most scenic overlook of the Mississippi River I'm aware of. They also have an excellent patio, but I've always been there during the winter when I can't take advantage of it. :(
If you're looking for something different, or something else, don't hesitate to ask.