Weekend in Review: Granite City

On Saturday, we snacked on Idaho Nachos—seasoned waffle fries loaded with bacon, tomatoes, and Colby Jack—at Granite City Food & Brewery (150 W. 96th St., 218-7185). Of course, we didn’t stop there. We dipped ciabatta into onion-spiked spinach-artichoke dip and indulged in one of the signature items, grilled salmon presented Oscar(esque)-style with crabmeat, asparagus, hollandaise sauce, and broccoli. Blackened chicken linguini was sauced with bearnaise and flavored with tomatoes and green onions. A second salmon entree, this one simply grilled, arrived with rice pilaf and thick sauteed asparagus, described as one of the lighter offerings here. One helpful menu feature at the near-Carmel microbrewery: a list of beer pairings that, for example, suggests washing down Mediterranean chicken and boneless BBQ pork chops with the smooth, German-style Brother Benedict’s Bock.