Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine American cuisine at The Bank Restaurant & Bar in Wheaton.
The Bank Restaurant & Bar is named for its historic location inside an 1875 storefront, the original site of the Gary Wheaton Bank. Sidle up to this storied locale and don an oversized bib to thoughtfully stroke while perusing the restaurant's lunch, dinner, dessert, and potable menus. Mid-afternoon hunger havers may enjoy a tuna salad baguette sandwich ($8) or caprese salad ($7) with potato leek soup ($2 for a cup, $4 for a bowl). Dinner plates include pork tenderloin ($19) in a bourbon reduction sauce with apple and sweet potato hash, and a Regal Springs tilapia filet ($18) served in a shellfish broth with shaved carrots, shitake mushrooms, rice noodles, and baby clams. Or, choose from one of the many grilled steak selections, ranging from petite filets to New York strips ($26–$31). Plentifully stocked beers and wines are waiting to complement a meal, while desserts such as vanilla crème brûlée ($6) and apple raisin bread pudding ($6) in caramel sauce put a sweet cap on it.
A friendly, attentive staff is available to wait on diners and turn the edible experience into an unforgedible experience. The solid historic architecture contributes a vast bounty to the classy feel of the décor, which includes wood paneling, handsome lighting fixtures, and a glossy and fully stocked bar. After sampling the delicious entrees and engaging in witty banter about rabbits dressed as babies, you'll find normally tone-deaf taste buds serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
OpenTable reviewers give The Bank Restaurant & Bar a Diners’ Choice award for “Neighborhood Gem.” OpenTable reviewers also give the restaurant an average of nearly four stars, Yelpers give it an average of three stars, and 85% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- We have been to the Bank a few times and have had a wonderful dining experience each occasion. The food and service are excellent and we will definitely be returning. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 07/23/2010
- Fresh vegetarian pastas (wild mushroom sachettis) for me, excellent steak / seafood options for the meat eaters. The wine list was broad & deep, the wait staff polite. Excellent value. – mgates, Urbanspoon
The Bank Restaurant
The Bank Restaurant, which was founded in 2007, draws ingredients from local farms including Elliot and Sons Bison, Catalpa Grove Lamb, and Piper City's T&J Free Range Poultry. The new menu is filled with specialties ranging from center-cut pork chops to thick burgers bracketed by soft brioche buns. Steaks arrive unadorned or tenderly rubbed with the restaurant's precise blend of spices, and seafood including Hawaiian style arctic char and "as seen on TV" seared scallops play well with their respective glazes and dipping sauces.
While the kitchen fills with culinary innovation that earned the restaurant the 2012 and 2013 Gamon Award for Restaurant of the Year, the dining room and surroundings exude vibes of timeless history. Built in 1875 to house the Gary Wheaton Bank, the building counts among its roster of notable visitors people such as football great Red Grange, journalism tycoon Colonel Robert R. McCormick, and the pink hippo from Hungry, Hungry Hippos.