A visit to downtown LaSalle restaurant is sure to fill you up
A friend and I recently had our first dining experience at The Study Supper Club, located in downtown LaSalle at 414 First St.
The weather that day was cold and gloomy, but our excitement grew throughout the day, as we anxiously waited to chow down on what we hoped would be a lot of delicious food for dinner.
We weren’t disappointed.
The two of us were promptly noticed and seated upon entering. The dim lighting added to the cozy atmosphere, illuminated by candles on the tables.
In line with the restaurant’s name, the “Study” has tons of books lining the walls in shelves.
Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and specials. She was quick to bring us our sides, meals and drinks. My friend loved that we were given our own pitcher of water at the table, and asked that I include that detail in this piece.
We started with an appetizer, Wisconsin Cheese Curds ($7), which are crispy battered white cheddar with a side of homestyle meat sauce.
Entrées include a basket of fresh, warm rolls, plus a choice of two of the following: cup of homemade soup of the day; side salad with choice of dressing; choice of baked potato, seasoned waffle fries or American fries; side of pasta; or vegetable of the day.
For my dinner, I ordered Smothered Chicken ($17). The meal was boneless, skinless breast, sauteed and smothered with mushrooms, onions and mozzarella cheese.
My chicken was soft and flavorsome, and I loved the amount of cheese, mushrooms and onions on top.
My friend ordered Chicken Pasta Parmesan ($17) — a pan-seared chicken breast, meat sauce, melted mozzarella cheese with a side pasta.
My friend said the chicken was tender but crispy on the outside.
Our meals both included side salads, each topped with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, croutons and a dressing of our choice (we enjoyed the blue cheese dressing).
We agreed that the meal was very filling, and there was more than enough food for us to have boxed up to eat after we left.
Although we did not have any cocktails during dinner, the restaurant includes a full bar, which has an inviting shape and location for conversation. When looking around the restaurant, other guests appeared to be pleased with their experiences and food.
This restaurant drove deep into my heart when the check came — in a good way. The check was delivered inside a book. As a lover of words, this thoughtful action really spoke to me.
We plan to visit The Study Supper Club in downtown LaSalle again.
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