Chris spotted a restaurant in the Hastings’ Heights area recently – the first thing he said was “family restaurant” which made the Gilmore Restaurant a must for us to visit. We love the cozy, homey atmosphere of family restaurants – they just feel like the kind of place you can easily become a regular at, and turn to for a guaranteed comfort-food experience when you’re too tired to cook.
This place definitely shows its age. The place was clean and homey for sure, but I have to be honest – the tape-covered rips in the chairs’ upholstery and the framed 80’s executive posters definitely gave me a bad vibe. I was worried we had crossed the line from kitchy to downright bad.
The waitress (possibly proprietress) came to greet us – she was a sweet older lady who reminded me very much of the charming lady who worked at the Brave Bull. Perhaps the $8.95 steak special also helped make that connection between the Gilmore and the Brave Bull for us 🙂
Yes folks – this giant steak, plus the garlic bread, corn, baked potato, and a bowl of soup (or salad, or tomato juice – so old school!) was just $8.95. Chris loved the steak – it was perfectly rare as he had ordered it, and nicely seared on the outside.
I ordered something a little lighter – a Clubhouse sandwich.
This was a mighty fine sandwich – well balanced with a good amount of crispy bacon, turkey, fresh lettuce, tomato, and a good amount of mayo to make sure the overall result wasn’t dry. The fries were okay, and what they maybe lacked in seasoning they made up for in super-sized quantity 🙂
I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were quite a few people having dinner on a Sunday evening – they too have transcended the looks of the place for the generous portions and charming old-fashioned service.