My colleague and I placed a weekday carryout order during our lunch break. This was the first time either of us were sampling The 318, so when I picked up the meals, I took it as a good sign that every table both indoors and on the sidewalk was occupied. A busy lunch location often indicates a good one.
I’m easily reeled in by a good name, so I naturally gravitated toward the “Hardscrabble,” a two-patty hamburger with pepper jack cheese, loaded with slices of jalapeño ($10.89). The title is a nod to Streator’s original name of Hardscrabble.
Jalapeño is one of my favorite flavors, and the “Hardscrabble” delivered spice on every bite. I could have made the burger even spicier with The 318’s “homemade VERY HOT hot sauce,” but decided to save that for another order. (And there will be another order!)