Order’s up with Back Roads in town

Caroline Baumker, Editor-in-Chief

If a craving for burgers suddenly hits, then Back Roads Pub and Grill is the place to go.

Located in the spot where the former Katie O’Connor’s used to be, Back Roads Pub and Grill has taken up residence. There is a patio decorated with a brick and black metal fence lined with tables with umbrellas facing the parking lot for outdoor dining, though indoor dining is recommended for a homey feeling.

The restaurant has beige colored walls with red booths and tables and the chairs are fairly spaced out and comfortable. Decorating the walls are signs with little sayings and country music quotes that contribute to making it feel like a place someone would want to hang out at every day.

A small arcade area is located towards the right side of the front entrance, which is a great way to keep kids busy without them disturbing other guests. Sports channels play on various televisions around the rooms with good picture quality.

Two options for appetizers are old-fashioned cheese curds for $10 and mango habanero wings for $10. The breading on the cheese curds is crisp and buttery, and the cheese stretches without being chewy.

The wings predictably have a little bit of mango in the sauce and taste spicy, but that is not noticeable after a few bites making it the weakest item on the menu. Getting them on the crispy side is highly recommended when ordering.

The best burger is the Back Road which consists of pulled pork, a choice of bun, caramelized onions, bacon, a meat patty, gouda cheese and barbeque sauce. Though it costs $14, it is worth every penny.

The sauce perfectly seeps down the burger and the pulled pork works well combined with all the other ingredients.

Two other options outside of burgers are the brisket tacos at $14 and the filet medallions for $23. The brisket is covered with a choice of Back Road’s house or spicy barbeque and served with beans.

The filet is juicy, and the medallions’ texture is kind of flaky, but they taste good.

All of the burgers have witty names such as “The 3 a.m.” and “I’m Confused.” The menu has different sandwiches and wraps like the “Down South Philly” which is beef with red peppers, sautéed onions, mushrooms and cheese. The restaurant has a vegetarian burger and is currently working on obtaining gluten free options.

Back Roads staff members are friendly and are good about getting customers’ orders in a reasonable amount of time. The servers are also quick with refills. A party of six took about 45 minutes to get the food.

The staff was very good about cleaning up table tops after customers left. Customers can see staff constantly walking around, sweeping the floor and wiping down table and countertops.

Overall, the restaurant experience is worth witnessing sometime in the future. It looks like Plainfield has gained a nice addition to its burger options.


Chilling outside: A restaurant patio viewing for the days when customers  want to dine out in the warm fall weather. Photo by Caroline Baumker