Monday, January 2, 2012

D'Arcy's Pint

Location: 661 W Stanford Ave., Springfield, IL 62701
Cost: About $10 per person

So like I was saying in my post on Bad Apple, my plans for winter break included eating, drinking, catching up with friends and family, and getting "swole" at the gym. One thing I scheduled on top of all of that lazy business was a hunting trip with my friend Marc. Now I know what you're thinking, Jews don't hunt (that went out of style when Isaac stole the birthright). Still, Marc invited me, it was a good chance to learn how to butcher, and it sounded like tons of fun (which it was, even though I didn't catch anything).

Now here's where JEC comes in. If you don't know already, Springfield is known for a dish called the Horseshoe. Back when I was at U of I, my roommates and I drove to Springfield from Champaign just to get one of these bad boys at Charlie Parker's. It was a delicious and gluttonous, and since I ended up back in town, I figured I'd go to the place taking credit for making this a regional specialty, D'Arcy's Pint.

D'Arcy's is a pretty typical neighborhood bar and restaurant. The parking lot was chock full on a Tuesday night, but we were still sat relatively quickly. They've got a  few dining areas and a bunch of bar seating. We sat in a two top by the bar. Our service was really quick and spot on (plus no one gave me a hard time for taking pictures of the food [although I got plenty of strange looks]).

The cost is pretty cheap with most appetizers floating around $7. Really what matters is that the horseshoes cost $8. It's way more food than most people can reasonably stomach.

The Food
Knowing how large the plates would be, we kept our orders to the Horseshoes. A horseshoe is basically an open faced sandwich on texas toast topped with some form of potato and then cheese sauce. The reason I'm being so vague is because there are many varieties. At Charlie Parker's they serve breakfast 'shoes which have sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy, and cheese sauce. The ones at D'Arcy's were much more dinner oriented, and we both got the nightly special, the Buffalo Chicken 'shoe. This had buffalo chicken, blue cheese, french fries, and cheese sauce. The chicken was crispy and juicy with a nice hot sauce. There were a ton of fries which were your pretty average crinkle cut variety. The cheese sauce was rich and creamy, but there was way too much of it. Plus, since I didn't eat quickly enough, some of the sauce started to congeal by the end of the meal.

 The Buffalo Chicken Horseshoe

I doubt many of you will be down in Springfield anytime soon, but I thought this was an interesting story and one that led to a description of one of our state's most shameful food items. If you look past the fat content, a horseshoe can be pretty enjoyable. This one, however, had too much sauce and average fries. I'm giving them 2 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. You might enjoy Ritzs Lil Fryer on north grand ave. I have tried Darcy's and Charlie Parker's and Ritzs has by far the best cheese sauce. It's an old english base and an entirely different horseshoe experience.