RAILSHAKE IN HIGHLAND

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Hold On To Your Po Boy At Railshake!

HIGHLAND, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Where can you go to get a New Orleans style po boy, fried alligator tail and remoulade, homemade potato chips and a more than respectable craft beer selection?  Follow the tracks to Railshake, 504 Walnut Street in Highland, Illinois!

Part gastropub, part good old fashioned tavern, the Railshake sits in an historic brick building right next to an active railroad line.  The building dates back to 1856 when it was built as a hotel for the railroad.  As such, it’s always had a bar.  Railshake owner Teffy Beard says the bar back in place now in the restored interior is the same one that was in service in the 1850s.  The decor is a combination of clean, modern design in rustic wood and brick surroundings.  It’s reminiscent of the kind of place you’d find in Soulard, which was the plan when the building was restored and Railshake first opened in 2013.

The menu has a decidedly Cajun/Creole slant to it.  They offer boudin balls, jambalaya pasta, muffaletta (made with country hard salami and smoked ham, then topped with olive relish and provel cheese).  You can get real alligator tail, breaded and fried and served with spicy remoulade.  Their po boy sandwiches feature your choice of deep fried crawfish, gator, or shrimp and they’re topped with a crispy, sweet slaw.  They even have gumbo, red beans & rice, and etouffee.

Besides Cajun/Creole cuisine, you’ll also find the kind of food you’d expect at a top rated bar & grill; cheeseburgers, fries, steak and sandwiches, but they’re done Teffy’s way, with a nod to extra flavor.  Consider the Railshake take on grilled cheese for instance.  It’s a triple-decker with smoked Gouda sauce, Provel and American cheeses melted together on buttery sourdough.  It’s vegetarian friendly, unless you add their crispy, thick-cut bacon, which you can, and you should.

Even more than the food, and friendly service, Railshake may best be known for their extensive craft beer selection which rotates seasonally.  They have 18 beers on tap—all craft beers, except for Stag, which is a local favorite.  They also have a wide selection of bottled beers, bar drink specials and local craft sodas.  Enjoy your drink at a table with your meal, or chill at the bar and your beer chills too, thanks to a built in frost rail.  There’s also a three-season patio overlooking the railroad tracks.  And if you’re lucky a train will rumble by and you’ll get the chance to feel how the place got its name!

Railshake is open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Contact Information:
Owner: Teffy Beard
504 Walnut St
Highland, IL 62249
(618) 651-4900

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