Restaurant: The State
Customer favorites: Poutine, burgers & cocktails
Address: 22 E State St, Redlands, CA 92373 (6 min away from the U of R)
Price range: $10-25
Overall rating: 7/10 (based on food quality/taste, service, ambience, etc.)
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am – 12am | Fri: 11am – 1am | Sat: 10am – 1am | Sun: 10am – 12am
The State, a modern gastropub, has a prime location in the midst of Downtown Redlands, making it a perfect place to try while strolling through the area. Those attracted to chic eateries will thoroughly enjoy the menu and décor of this restaurant. Inside you’ll find wood paneling dimly lit by hanging light fixtures and candles, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere. In addition to a trendy menu, The State also has a full-service bar that serves a variety of unique cocktails and beer. Happy hour occurs everyday from 2 p.m – 6 p.m, and they offer various deals on their drink menu throughout the week. The menu features various American dishes with gourmet twists, like a truffle burger with double crème brie or their Manchego grilled cheese sandwich with Granny Smith apples. If those aren’t your style, you can find an array of more familiar items, such as street tacos, New York steak, mac n’ cheese and other gourmet-style sandwiches. For breakfast fanatics, The State also serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m – 2 p.m with tasty selections, such as Horchata French toast, egg sandwiches and Belgian waffles.
To start off, I ordered their interpretation of one of my favorite Canadian dishes: poutine. Their poutine is made with house fries, cheese curds and braised short ribs, all smothered in beef gravy. The State’s waitstaff was relatively friendly and helpful, delivering my food in a timely manner. After the waitress set the decently-sized bowl on my table, I could immediately smell delicious beef and cheesy goodness. The braised short rib was tender and complemented the flavors of the melted cheese curds and rich gravy. $13 might be a bit pricey, but the dish is perfect to share with family or friends looking for an addictive appetizer.
For my main dish, I ordered the State Burger ($12), which comes with traditional burger toppings, aged cheddar cheese and thousand island dressing. All burgers are paired with a side salad tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, but you can upgrade the side to house fries or beer-battered onion rings for $1 more. The burger was moist and flavorful but didn’t have much of a WOW-factor to it.
Overall, I definitely recommend The State for anyone looking for a contemporary restaurant with gourmet offerings. Meat and cheese lovers have to try the short rib poutine, and those craving a relaxing breakfast should try some of their brunch offerings. While I enjoyed the restaurant and received decent service, I wasn’t incredibly impressed with my entire meal in relation to its price. I do find myself coming back in the near future though and hope to try their other tasty-looking entrées. If you’re interested in dining at The State, their busiest hours are from 6 p.m – 11 p.m on Friday and Saturday nights!
Bonus notes: On Thursdays from 6pm – 12am, The State plays live music and sells $3 craft beer. There are additional daily specials throughout the week! For more information, call (909) 793-2777.
[photo courtesy of Kayla Jones]