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Mystery Diner: Batavia’s Open Range an appealing dining option

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:39 p.m. CDT
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The San Diego Fish Tacos and Tumbleweed Burger are two of the appetizing dishes served at Open Range American Grill in downtown Batavia.

BATAVIA – If you’re planning to go to Open Range American Grill in downtown Batavia, you had better make sure you have a big appetite.

The generous portions served at the restaurant, along with its comfortable atmosphere, make for a dining experience that I want to repeat again and again.

Since it was a summer-like day, my co-worker and I decided to sit in the restaurant’s screened porch, giving us a chance to relax and enjoy a scenic view of Depot Pond and the Fox River Trail.

We decided to start with the Borracho shrimp appetizer, which proved to be a good choice. My co-worker really enjoyed the flavors in the sauce that was drizzled on the shrimp.

While she thought the shrimp were a bit chewy, she noted the shrimp were big in size. I liked the freshness of the shrimp, and that the sauce was flavorful, but not too spicy.

Next up, I decided to try the Tumbleweed Burger. My eyes widened as the burger arrived, which was overflowing with a fried egg, applewood bacon, queso cheese sauce and onion tanglers.

I could hardly get my mouth around this massive burger, but once I bit in, the tasty combination of the toppings brought a wide smile to my face.

It’s a burger that will fill any appetite, and you will most likely be taking home leftovers, as I did. My co-worker opted for the San Diego fish tacos. She liked the delicious, crispy cod bites, pickled cabbage and flavorful chipotle sauce.

Her appetite was also satisfied, especially after rounding out the meal with a good-sized portion of smoked baked beans.

The menu at Open Range American Grill is expansive – barbecued ribs, crab cakes, enchiladas and pizza are among the other items on the menu, and prices are reasonable, so the restaurant should be an appealing dining option for everyone.

• 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 a restaurant and then reports on the experience. If the Mystery Diner cannot recommend the establishment, we will not publish a review.

If you go

ADDRESS: Open Range American Grill is located at 35 N. Water St., Batavia

PHONE: 630-761-0145


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