Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville Keeps with Tradition
St. Louis, MO/December 14, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Mike Shannon’s Grill – When Mike Shannon closed his downtown Steaks and Seafood restaurant last January, many St. Louis diners lamented. It was the end of an era. The storied restaurant had wined and dined us, and been the place to go for “a cold, frosty one” before and after Cardinal’s games for three decades. The elegant menu, inviting ambiance, and sports-bar friendliness were legendary. Recent news stories about the fate of that downtown site have many St. Louis diners recalling the great meals they’d enjoyed there. Well, Shannon may have closed his downtown digs, but diners can find the same kind of hospitality at Mike Shannon’s Grill, 871 South Arbor Vitae, in Edwardsville.
When Mike Shannon, his daughter Pat Shannon Van Matre, and grandson Justin Van Matre opened the grill in the Plum Creek Development (along IL-159) in March 2013, it was the first new Shannon family restaurant in 27 years. The upscale, casual spin-off of the legendary downtown steakhouse offers a menu of apps, salads, burgers, pasta, and of course, great steak and seafood. The quality of the food and service may remind diners of the downtown restaurant, but MSG is different—it’s more casual, and more family-friendly. The restaurant is classy, but not intimidating. It’s a comfortable blend of traditional dark wood, leather booths, and baseball memorabilia. There are three distinct dining areas, including the bar with its 90-inch TV (one of 18 TVs throughout), the more family-friendly dining room decorated with vintage photos and baseballs, and a lovely patio with a fire pit. One other amenity diners will enjoy at the Edwardsville location is the free parking!
Customers who miss the downtown restaurant won’t find the same ambiance or menu here, but they will find some great steakhouse cuts and expertly prepared seafood. The grill offers a terrific 48-hour Cajun spiced rib-eye, and filet mignon three ways. MSG General Manager Justin Van Matre says the Championship Filet is a customer favorite. It’s a flavorful 6 oz. filet served with creamy polenta, roasted mushrooms, port-glazed shallots, and bacon jam. There’s also a straight up 8 oz. filet that’s served with whipped potatoes and crispy, battered onion rings. And there’s the Crown Filet, a steak and seafood combination that includes a 6 oz. filet “crowned” with a blackened crab cake, blackened shrimp, and Creole mustard sauce. For seafood purists, MSG offers expertly prepared scallops and seared salmon.
Mike Shannon’s Grill offers a selection of great burgers too. The most popular is Shannon’s classic burger on a brioche bun. It comes with American cheese they make themselves, plus lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. There’s also the Bronx Bomber, an Italian feast on a rosemary bun. Or try the Americana, MSG’s take on a patty melt. The BBBB is another popular choice. It’s their bison burger blend topped with blue cheese, bacon, and BBQ sauce, served on a brioche bun. Each burger is cooked to order and generous enough to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.
The sandwich selection is what one would expect to find at an excellent bar and grill. There’s pulled pork, grilled chicken, a French dip, shrimp po’boy, turkey club, fried cod, and others, all done with Executive Chef Rusty Mince’s signature embellishments. That grilled chicken, for instance, comes with spinach, tomato, mozzarella, and basil pesto mayo. The pulled pork is topped with their country slaw and served with roasted potato salad (made with a 50-50 blend of Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes). A customer favorite, the Crab Cake BLT is a delicious, crispy, tender crab cake topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a flavorful lemon caper aioli on a toasted English muffin. Pair any of them with sweet potato fries for an outstanding meal.
Comfort food lovers will appreciate their pastas and other specialties like the bacon wrapped meatloaf. It’s served with whipped potatoes, green beans, and fried onion straws. Yum. Their kids’ menu offers some miniature versions of the adult classics, like the 4 oz. filet and the fried shrimp. They also have kids’ menu staples like grilled cheese, chicken nuggets and mac & cheese. Each comes with the kind of sides kids like best (French fries, cheddar cheese mashed potatoes, and seasonal fruit) along with a side of broccoli to balance things out.
One of the most talked about dishes Mike Shannon’s Grill offers comes from their relatively small dessert menu. It’s the warm, Upside Down Apple Pie. It’s apples with cinnamon, walnuts, and lovely caramel that’s topped with a thick creme brulee like brown sugar coating and served with vanilla ice cream. Delicious! As if that wasn’t enough, they also offer seasonal cheesecakes and bread pudding (also served warm).
The beer selection at Mike Shannon’s Grill is dominated by local AB favorites, but there are also a few select micro-brews offered, including Elysian Brewing’s Space Dust IPA and Kona’s Fire Rock, Big Wave Golden Ale, and Longboard Lager. The grill’s wine list isn’t terribly long, but it is well curated. Along with Mike Shannon’s Private Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, wine lovers will find a selection of imports from France, Italy, New Zealand, and Argentina. There are also several quality offerings from Napa Valley, Sonoma, and the Central California Coast. All are available by the bottle or glass. Sunday brunch customers have also raved about the Bloody Mary Bar and the $5 Mimosas.
The restaurant is open for dining from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday, and 10:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays, with brunch 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are two “Happy Hours” in the bar and patio, each with drink and appetizer specials. There’s the classic 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and a late night happy hour from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Large groups are encouraged to make reservations any time of year, but especially during the holiday season. Right now MSG is taking reservations for holiday parties and New Year’s Eve. Reservations can be made by phone or online. They’ve also begun offering catering for private events, including weddings! The bar area is especially popular during major sporting events, including SIU-E games. And the legendary broadcaster and former Cardinal Mike Shannon has been known to mill about the dining room, often visiting with customers—just like the good old days in St. Louis. Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood downtown may be closed, but the baseball ambiance, terrific food, and great service lives on in Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville, where you’re always welcome to stop by for “a cold, frosty one.”
Owners: Mike Shannon, Pat Shannon Van Matre & Justin Van Matre (GM)
(at the Plum Creek Development)
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: (618) 655-9911