Located east of the small town of Monmouth, Illinois is Cerar’s Barnstormer. Cerar’s is very unassuming from the outside. There are no gleaming neon signs, outdoor smoking areas or music played over speakers like you’d find at, say, Texas Roadhouse. It has a simple, lighted sign displaying the restaurant’s name and a tattered orange windsock reflecting the aviation theme for which it’s named and decorated. Looks, however, can be deceiving; as is the case with Cerar’s Barnstormer. Once inside you’ll find a dining experience that is usually only found at upper end restaurants in larger metropolitan areas. Despite its almost kitschy décor, Cerar’s Barnstormer is an excellent dining experience.
Cerar’s Barnstormer first opened for business in May of 1985, founded by Bernie and Monique Cerar. Today, the restaurant is owned and managed by Bernie and Monique’s son, Kevin Cerar. Kevin has continued the tradition of using nothing but quality ingredients in everything that’s served in the restaurant. Juicy steaks with just the right amount of marbling and fresh seafood is always on the menu. Cerar’s Barnstormer hand cuts their steaks daily to make sure they are serving only the choicest cuts to their guests. This dedication to serving only the best by the cooking staff and owner is one of the many reasons I would recommend Cerar’s Barnstormer.
Price is a big factor for many when choosing a restaurant to eat at. Cerar’s Barnstormer
pricing is very reasonable, especially when considering the quality of the food being served. A seven ounce Filet Mignon might cost you twenty dollars at your local steak house. At Cerar’s Barnstormer, a seven ounce Filet Mignon costs twenty six dollars. However, when comparing the quality of the meat, Cerar’s Barnstormer’s Filet Mignon is juicier and tenderer. Cerar’s Barnstormer may be a few dollars more than most local establishments, but it’s worth it.
Cerar’s Barnstormer’s dedication to quality is also personified in its staff. It is said that the service one...