Once upon a time, there was a bar and grill called Pauper’s in Silvis, with many loyal regulars. It was a cozy comfortable place to meet old and new friends, have a beer, and a steak sandwich with chips. Then the owners retired, and for a couple years, there was no cozy place for those old and new loyal regulars to enjoy that beer and sandwich. Until now. In Pauper’s old building a former waitress and her husband have reopened as Yeti’s, and carried over a lot of the old menu items, the long bar, and that feeling of “the old nieghborhood”, even down to the same hanging fixtures over the booths. With a sense of humor, they’ve created a cabin-in-the-woods type atmosphere, with references to Bigfoot everywhere, inside and out.
As mentioned earlier, a lot of the old menu has been brought back, including the great steak sandwich the old Pauper’s was known for. But many other things have been added, and are worth a try. There’s appetizers now, several of them not your usual bar food. For instance, Fire Fries, fries with melted pepperjack cheese, hot sauce and jalepenos.. This whoosie reviewer probably won’t try them, so let me know how you liked them! Otherwise, you’ll find the usual appetizers, running $4.95 to $5.95.
The sandwiches run the usual gamit found on bar menus. From past experience, I can tell you the tuna sandwich is great, costing $5.95, and the same for the steak sandwich, at $8,95. Carrying their sense of humor into the menu, the Yeti Fingers are descrbed as “(Mmmm….Tastes like chicken.). These were $7.25.
The list of burgers is interesting, boasting 1/2# patties, but the menu appeared to confuse some of the diners. The Baconator did come with plenty of bacon and cheese, but where and what were all the fixin’s? No lettuce or tomatoe, it was a pretty dry sandwich, and when one diner asked for lettuce and tomatoe, it was going to be at an extra charge. Others felt they were served the 1/4# pattie rather than the 1/2#, Hopefully, these were opening week problems that will soon be worked out. Aside from the Naked Burger, at $6.50, the Specialty Burgers ran $7.95 to $9.95.
All the sandwiches come with your choice of two sides – french fires, cottage cheese, apple sauce and cole slaw.
The food was good, and would eat there again, except for one thing – the prices are way too high for the portions served. The $4,95 onion rings consisted only of 8 rather small ones, the french fries were just a very small pile, and while the cole slaw was pretty good, there was only about 3 teaspoons to a serving. Hopefully this too will be worked out as the owners gain experience.
Yeti’s is located at 1600 Crosstown Ave., Silvis, Ill.