Beer is a culture unto itself! In the United States, the vibrant beer culture can be seen in the refrigerators of supermarkets, restaurants and homes where beer occupies a place of honor, so to speak. The beer manufacturers range from the microbreweries with their one-of-a-kind craft beers to major breweries with their award-winning international beers.
The Granite City chain is among the dining establishments that offer its guests a selection of handcrafted beers with unique flavor profiles. The chain itself is named after the nickname for St. Cloud, Minnesota, once the United States’ granite capital, where miners and their families made handcrafted beer to satisfy their thirst and to pair with food. While the Prohibition virtually wiped out the breweries in the area, the city’s spirit lives on in the chain of restaurants.
Below are the latest Granite City menu prices.
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|Asian Glazed Jumbo Shrimp||$13.59|
|The Northern Kobe Beef Sliders||$10.59|
|Spinach & Artichoke Dip||$10.25|
|Batch 1000 BBQ Pork Nachos||$10.95|
|Pretzels with Cheese Sauce||$8.95|
Served on crispy lavosh.
|Maple Pepper Bacon & Tomato||$12.95|
|Asian Chicken Flatbread||$11.59|
|BBQ Chicken Flatbread||$11.95|
|Meat Lover's Flatbread||$13.95|
|Broad Axe Stout-Braised Short Rib & Portabella||$14.95|
Granite City Classics
|Broad Axe Stout-Braised Beef Short Ribs||$19.95|
|Ponzu Glazed Salmon||$19.95|
|Crispy Shrimp Taco Trio||$14.95|
|The Northern Lager Fish & Chips||$16.95|
|Mahi Taco Trio||$14.95|
Served with parmesan Italian bread. Add jumbo shrimp to any pasta for $6.95.
|Grilled Chicken & Asparagus Linguini||$15.95|
|Mediterranean Shrimp Scampi||$16.95|
|The Bennie Mac & Cheese||$13.95|
Add jumbo shrimp for $6.95 or chicken for $4.95.
|Asian Chicken Salad||$12.95|
|Chicken Bruschetta Salad||$13.95|
|Caesar Salad (Regular)||$5.95|
|Caesar Salad (Large)||$9.95|
|Blackened Salmon Salad||$14.95|
Served with natural-cut fries, kettle chips, or GC coleslaw. Upgrade to a signature side for $1.79. Make it CEO Style $3.59.
|"Big Show" Burger||$15.95|
|GC Classic Cheeseburger||$10.95|
|"The CEO" Triple Blend Cheeseburger||$14.95|
|Maple Pepper Bacon Burger||$12.95|
|Bedda Chedda Bacon Burger||$11.95|
|Bleu Peppercorn Burger||$11.95|
Butcher Block Sandwiches
Served with natural-cut fries, kettle chips or GC coleslaw. Upgrade to a signature side for $1.79.
|Pulled Pork Waffle||$10.95|
|BTA Grilled Cheese||$10.95|
|Buffalo Chicken Wrap||$9.95|
|Spinach & Artichoke Chicken||$10.95|
|Roasted Prime Rib||$12.95|
Served with parmesan potatoes & petite green beans.
|Center-Cut Filet (8 oz.)||$32.95|
|Ribeye (14 oz.)||$27.95|
|Top Sirloin (10 oz.)||$19.95|
|Horseradish Mashed Potatoes||$2.95|
|Petite Green Beans||$2.95|
|Sweet Potato Fries||$3.95|
|GC Signature Dip||$0.99|
GC Classic Flight
|GC Classic Flight - Beer||$4.95|
|The Northern Cheddar & Ale (Bowl)||$5.95|
|The Northern Cheddar & Ale (Cup)||$4.95|
|Baked French Onion (Bowl)||$6.95|
|Baked French Onion (Cup)||$5.95|
|Soup of The Day (Bowl)||$5.95|
|Soup of The Day (Cup)||$4.95|
In June 1999, Granite City Food & Brewery started its operations in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Due to its rapid expansion, the chain now has 36 restaurants across 14 states.
What They’re Famous For
Granite City is a multi-awarded restaurant chain with its numerous awards including the Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concept Winner, as well as Best Restaurant, Best Beer, Best Brunch, Best Burger, and Best Martini. These awards are the chain’s inspirations to continue their passion for memorable food, efficient service, and classy yet casual ambiance.
The chain is also known for its line of handcrafted microbrews, which are manufactured in each restaurant’s on-site brewery. The on-site brewery can also be seen from both the bar and main dining areas so it becomes part of the attraction. The open kitchen where the chefs create their world-class food can also be seen from the public areas.
Why Eat Here
The Granite City Food & Brewery, as the chain is formally called, boasts of several polished casual restaurants with on-site breweries. The open kitchen and on-site brewery in each restaurant ensure that, indeed, the food and drinks are made according to the chain’s stringent standards in quality. Plus, there’s something appealing about actually seeing the manner by which the food and drink you consume are made.
The signature brews are must-have drinks when dining here. You will find The Duke (pale ale), The Batch (double IPA), The Bennie (bock), and The Northern (American-style light lager), among others, all of which can be paired with the foods on the menu. You also have seasonal brews that you can add to your repertoire of beer.
When ordering the beers, you may want to ask the servers about the flavor profiles of each one as well as their best food pairings. Your server will likely be knowledgeable about these matters, a big plus when you have more than a dozen choices available. You may also want to expand your repertoire by experimenting with new brews and pairings.
The handcrafted beers, which can also be ordered in growlers, have unique flavor profiles than their mass-produced counterparts – and these flavors are something that you will like. The moderate Granite City prices make it easy to indulge yourself in the refreshing beers although moderate consumption is strongly advised.
The chain’s patented brewing process makes beer replication easy. This means that you will find the same beer, such as The Stout, will have the same flavors and notes in all the restaurants. Such sameness in tastes is a plus, too, for a pleasurable dining experience – you don’t have to deal with unpleasant surprises, for one thing.
The food items on the menu are just as worthy of multiple visits. You can start your meal with one or two of the appetizers, such as the Asian glazed jumbo shrimp with spicy flavor; the Idaho nachos consisting of waffle fries, cheese and bacon best paired with The Duke; and the Kobe beef sliders paired with The Northern, among others. You will even find the chicken wings as great appetizers, thanks to the choices in sauces including Fiery Buffalo and Old Bay Dry Rub.
The artisanal flatbreads are delicious surprises, especially as you probably didn’t know before that beer and bread can go well together. The Maple Pepper Bacon and Tomato bread can be paired with the Two Pull while other choices like the Meat Lover’s Flatbread, Margherita Flatbread, and Asian Chicken Flatbread can be easily paired with The Stout.
Diners also rave about the seafood dishes, such as the Ponzu Glazed Salmon served with sticky rice, Ponzu sauce, and stir-fried vegetables; the Northern Lager Fish and Chips consisting of beer-battered cod, coleslaw, and malt vinegar fries; and the Mahi Taco Trio with mahi-mahi, black bean and corn salsa, and cheese.
As a chain of polished casual restaurants, diners are encouraged to come in their smart attire although casual attire is also accepted. The restaurants may not be in the realm of fine dining but it’s always a good idea to be more polished in your dining behavior.
The staff members, fortunately, appear to be well-trained in the art of good customer relations. You and your group will get your orders in short time, as well as enjoy attentive services.
To learn more about Granite City or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.gcfb.com.