Mystery Diner: Three B brings burgers, beer to State Street corner
GENEVA – Craft beer, penny-pinching lunch specials and enough flat screen TVs to make any sports fiend satisfied, Three B (brothers, burgers and beer) is one of the latest sports bars to grace downtown Geneva’s main drag.
Situated in a corner location just shy of the riverfront, Three B caters to families (kids menu featuring $5 fare) as well as night-lifers looking for their next libation.
Since its opening in July of this year, the restaurant has been getting mixed reviews on Yelp.
So, my dining companion and I visited Three B for lunch on a recent Tuesday afternoon to find out for ourselves.
Entering the restaurant, we had a few seating options to choose from: Booth, bar-height tables, normal table-side seating and the bar. Since only a few tables across the dining room were occupied, my dining companion and I were offered free-rein over the restaurant’s seating sections. We meandered over toward a row of oversize booths, slid in and ordered a couple soft drinks at $2 a pop (no pun intended).
Monday through Friday Three B offers a handful of lunch specials for tempting prices, including half-price burger Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. And for the Monday-night football fanatics, there is a half-priced pizza and wings special.
The menu noted that EVERY burger is hand packed and made with 100 percent premium Angus hormone and antibiotic-free ground beef, and is served with a side of fries or coleslaw. The soup of the day can also be ordered at an additional cost of $1.
So, I ordered the threeB burger – a 10-ounce charbroiled patty smothered with cheddar jack cheese, grilled onions and hickory-smoked bacon for 5 bucks (normally $10).
My dining companion also ordered a lunch special – the Grilled Bone in Pork Chop with rice and cole slaw for $7. We threw in an order of mini pulled pork sandwiches topped with cole slaw for an appetizer as well.
In no time at all, four, pulled-park-oozing, palm-sized sliders were set before us with a side of cole slaw. I splayed a healthy portion of slaw atop a generous spattering of pork before sinking my teeth into, what I deemed the highlight of the meal.
My dining companion agreed.
“I thought the mini sliders were a good appetizer; the sauce was tangy, and I liked being able to add the cole slaw, which was provided on the side.”
It’s always nice when a restaurant nails the proportions of a well-put-together sandwich. I think one of my pet-peeves about an inept pulled-pork sandwich is the overabundance of bread – but not for these barbecued beacons of goodness.
The speedy service was a little too speedy. Before I even finished a single slider or slurped more than a few spoonfuls of soup, our entrees arrived. If time permits, maybe consider ordering entrees after you’ve finished your appetizers.
My burger was enormous. The glistening bacon protruding from its sides, a layering of grilled onions and a thick juicy beef patty beckoned. So, I obliged by attempting to get each layer of ingredients in a single bite – a feat that proved impossible.
However, since the beef patty was such a major player in the piling of ingredients, its lack of seasoning gave the burger a less flavorful profile than I would have anticipated. But the amount of food on the plate for the price was unbeatable.
The pork chop on the other hand was packed with flavor.
“The pork chop ... was well seasoned and juicy,” my dining companion said. “[It’s] a great piece of meat for the price.”
Three B also serves an assortment of salads (from $5 to $12), sandwiches and create-your-own rollers (or wraps) and thin crust pizzas served in 12 or 16-inch portions. Dinner entrees include items like BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($19), a NY Strip Steak ($19) and Chicken Parmesan ($14).
Three B has something for everyone, and it’s really just about discovering what they do best and sticking with it. It’s also easy on the pocketbook, and its daily specials and fast service make it a viable option during the week-day lunch rush.
On my next visit to Three B, I’ll probably take a seat at the bar, order a $3 bottle of Dos Equis and once again, the mini pulled pork sliders with cole slaw.
Address: 7 W. State St., Geneva
Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Kane County Chronicle. The diner’s identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits different restaurants during the month and then reports on the experience.