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Neat Kitchen and Bar Redefines Quality

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Neat Kitchen and Bar has established itself as an upscale, modern New American restaurant.

Neat Kitchen and Bar has established itself as an upscale, modern New American restaurant.

Courtesy of The Daily Herald

Courtesy of The Daily Herald

Neat Kitchen and Bar has established itself as an upscale, modern New American restaurant.

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Located on Cass Avenue in Westmont, Neat Kitchen and Bar provides a combination of good service, quality food, and an industrial yet cozy atmosphere.

As I walked into the restaurant, I noticed the dim industrial lighting, making the place feel warm and welcoming. The black leather booths and wood-covered tables added a homely feel to the place. The room was filled with a variety of people, from parents with their small children to senior citizens enjoying each other’s company. The place was packed, yet calm.

Peter Hughes
The specials at Neat Kitchen show the variety of options and prices they provide.

The menu consisted of a myriad of burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and appetizers. I chose to have the “Ahi Tuna Nachos” for a starter, and then the “Bison Burger,” consisting of house-ground bison meat, a fried egg, muenster cheese, and tomato jam. It was possibly the most flavorful burger I have had. The tomato jam adds a sweet factor, while the tender meat and egg add body to the burger. It was phenomenal.

Peter Hughes
The “Bison Burger” demonstrates Neat’s ability to take a common dish and make it their own.

“One of the things that I think sets us apart is that all our food is made from scratch. For example, the burger meat is made from ground chuck, brisket, and sirloin. A 10-ounce burger for only $13 is a very good deal,” said Molly Kusreau, our server and Neat Kitchen and Bar’s manager. “Our chips are also house-made.”

When it was time to pay, my meal came out to be around $20 total.

“Considering both the quantity and the quality of the food, I would say our prices are a deal,” Kusreau said.

Though the food is slightly more expensive than the average high school student’s budget for a meal, the portions are also slightly larger and of higher quality, so it’s definitely worth the extra few bucks. Neat is perfect for a date, a family outing, or a slightly nicer meal with friends.

Neat Kitchen and Bar can be found at 246 N. Cass Ave. in Westmont, Ill., 60559.

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