Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chain Livin': The Sandbar Restaurant - Antioch, IL

Given the family-oriented nature of "The Chain" many of our dining-out choices are limited to places serving sandwiches, pub grub, and pizza. One of the best places in our opinions to get those items is The Sandbar in Antioch, IL. This is not to be confused with Sandbar just over the border in Twin Lakes or the Petite Lake Sandbar where 100's of boats tie-up and party on the weekends.

The Sandbar is on the south side of Lake Marie, near the Bluff Lake Channel. To get there by car you'd have to drive down a long country road and find the right narrow side-street to make it lakeside. The bar itself is in a smaller building with low ceilings. Back when Illinois allowed smoking indoors we avoided the place. Now we love dining inside in the winter when you can look out the picture windows at the crazy people ice fishing. There's more outdoor seating than indoor seating. During boating season you can sit at picnic tables in the sand or on the concrete patio.

For entertainment you can watch people attempt to dock at their long and narrow rickety piers or enjoy watching boats launch from their ramp. You often see kids playing in the sand (making messes and getting yelled at by parents).

On weekends they offer a Chicago hot dog cart for a quick bite. New this year, Hawaiian shaved ice on Fridays and Saturdays. The Sandbar makes great chicken sandwiches and burgers. It's one of the few places in this area offering bison burgers as an option, along with sloppy joes. The pizza and calzones are great. They will half-bake pizzas for you to take home for later. Daily specials are a good deal. Dave's favorite is Saturday's BBQ ribs special. $10 Half-rack, $15 full.

Great place summer or winter. We'd link their website, but they don't have one.

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