What’s better than getting a media invite to dine? An invite to a restaurant that you already trust and love! I frequent this Bolingbrook, IL location as it is fairly close to my day job and in the past year, I’ve dine here more than a handful of times. I’m never disappointed.
Last week while my mom was in town, I took her to a media invitation to check out the burgers on the menu. I know what you’re thinking “great, another burger”. But No, You’re Wrong. Because I was able to bring my family to this dining experience, I can tell you about it from the perspective of a senior citizen AND two very active toddlers with picky eating habits, and of course, my very own humble opinion.
Ted’s is the ALL AMERICAN restaurant that features ‘merican food. I’m talking hamburgers, crab cakes, meat loaf, turkey dinner…BUT WAIT, There’s More! The restaurant features BISON!
Why Bison? Bison is an extremely lean protein and because the industry isn’t commercialized, the chances of getting bison meat with antibiotics and GMO corn fed, etc. are LOW. At Ted’s Montana Grill, the bison is source directly through media mogul, Ted Turner’s ranch! Ted’s Montana Grill features the largest bison menu in the world.
Let’s talk food, shall we?
I started my meal with a cocktail. It was, after all, past noon on a Sunday – and I was dining with two toddlers. I kinda needed it!
Finlandia Grapefruit vodka, freshly squeezed lime and orange juice with a splash of cranberry.
In all honesty, I’m not sure I would order it again. I am not sure if it was because I had brushed my teeth about 30 minutes prior but it had a little bit of a bitter taste to it. I’m not a “sweet” cocktail kind of person either but I didn’t LOVE this drink. But being the food whore that I am, I drank the whole thing.
Next, I introduced the CRAB CAKES to my mom – who said “wow, this is a real crab cake!” Look at those juicy chunks of crab. This is the real deal with barely any fillers. Large lumpy pieces of crab. One of the best crab cakes I have ever had. This is a sampler that the proprietor arranged for us to try. I’ve had it before and it is delicious, every time.
Oh, let me tell you about the free munchies when you dine here. HALF SOUR PICKLES are as addictive as crack. I LOVE these crunchy, salty cucumbers. Ask for seconds! My 2 year old daughter loved them and my 4 year old son actually tried one (when told him I would give him a small sampler pack of jelly belly’s to try it) and he said it was tasty! (and on your way out, free cookies!!! not pictured)
Then our meal came. As a Chinese Canadian/American, I am by NO MEANS any expert on traditional America cuisine. I classify Meatloaf as such. I tried meatloaf for the first time about 5 years ago and have only had it maybe, 4 times in my life. HOWEVER, my corn-bred, Southern Illinois husband was able to identify with this dish and said it was really, really good. It provided notions of nostalgia… enough said? I certainly thought the flavors were well balanced, the meat was not tough at all, neither too sweet or too salty. The side of beans were crisp and fresh and the smashed potatoes are how you expect they should taste at home.
OMG. It’s past midnight as I write this post and looking at these pictures is making me HUNGRY!!!!
What did the toddler’s eat, you ask? My son is 4 and my daughter is 2. Every day, my son declares that steak is is favorite food, while my daughter, less vocal, normally says “Mmmm, that’s good” after eating steak for dinner. However, I was a bit worried when I saw the steak was sprinkled with pepper but this didn’t phase either one of them. Because they are just little kids, we ordered one for them to share and they wolfed it down. No steak was left unharmed. The meal also comes with lemonade (or some other choices like soft drinks) but we ordered the lemonade not knowing that they FRESH SQUEEZE the juice daily. My kids LOVED it. (My secret to getting my kids to eat is to have the servers bring out the drinks AFTER their meal).
On to the burgers…. pictured below is the Ted’s burger. The all american classic BISON burger (yes, guilt free) topped with bacon and cheese. Delicious. My mom, the senior citizen, commented that this was WAY better than Kuma’s Corner (we went a few days prior) and that the atmosphere is WAAAAY nicer. Please don’t forget that mom is always right. I think I agree with that, the meat has more texture than Kuma’s. I almost felt that Kuma’s was too soft, with more of a meatball texture.
Below is a cross section of
NO. 11 Burger
Horseradish cheddar, slow-braised bison, grilled mushrooms and horseradish sauce
Wow, lots of flavor. My husband and I LOVE horseradish and this definitely hit the spot. It’s also one of their best selling burgers, in case you were wondering.
Ted’s features 17 burger varieties to suit every need. You can opt out of the bison experience and choose beef instead. But bison is a delicious and healthy alternative.
If you’re looking for a no-fail dining experience, check out Ted’s Montana Grill. It’s a great spot for a date night, family lunch and even business function. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly.
- 623 E Boughton Rd