Igor’s Bistro – A little spooky, a lot tasty

We are lucky enough to live right near Igor’s Bistro, a place to grab a bite (Halloweeny pun intended). Recently, my husband Luke and I along with our 9 month old son headed to Igor’s Bistro located at 3055 38th Street in Rock Island, Illinois, and were we glad we did!

Simon does not think he is very lucky eating puffs after seeing the tasty food Mom and Dad have!

The ambiance
What fun decorations! Igor’s is decked out in a spooky, Halloween theme for a fun twist on the usual staid restaurant items. From glowing skulls to friendly pumpkins this place puts on a show. We can’t wait to take our other boys (ages 8, 6, 3) – they will love it!

A creative glimpse into the kitchen

The seating
Cozy but comfortable is definitely a good description of Igor’s table arrangement. A bonus in the warmer months is the outside seating which likely doubles the number of available seats. The red umbrellas are a welcome sight. We dined indoors with our little guy and they had a highchair available which was definitely handy.

Igors Bistro, Rock Island IL
A view from 38th Street

The food
The menu is a clever mix of typical fare, unique options and delightful titles. From Igor’s Italian Beef (already a clear favorite) to The Goblin (a scrumptious looking brat) to Transylvania Pie (that I want to try next) to Vampire Bites (a tasty appetizer) customers will be entertained by the meal options. Our favorite section was Burgers and Sandwitches subtitled, “All witches served with choice of side: House-cut fries, jalapeno coleslaw, pasta salad, side salad, cup of soup or fresh fruit cup.”

Chicken Sandwich from Igors Bistro
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

The taste
From the Burgers and Sandwitches (ha ha) we decided to split two choices:  The Gremlin and also The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (one sandwich).  Oh my goodness. The Gremlin was SUPER good – just the right amount of spicy.  Described as, “6 oz. of our fresh premium beef covered with caramelized jalapenos and onions, pepper jack cheese and pickled jalapenos.  Dressed with smokey chipotle adobo mayo and fresh guacamole all on a grilled kaiser roll, it was juicy, flavorful and unique.  While the Ghost and Mr. Chicken was pretty tasty, we both liked The Gremlin the best.

The Gremlin – worth tasting day or night.

The final review
This charming restaurant is well worth your time. The unique decor, fun theme, and great food will soon have this place known as a local favorite. If you visit soon, you will have the chance to name the restaurant Gargoyle which isn’t something you’ll probably get to do ever again!

Gargoyle decoration
Unnamed Gargoyle


About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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One comment on “Igor’s Bistro – A little spooky, a lot tasty

  1. I grew up in Rock Island living at 38th Street and 13th Avenue. I went to Sacred Heart school and then to Alleman graduating in 1979. I moved to Florida in the spring of 1980. I would love to live there during the summers and here during the winters but can’t afford it. I don’t get back as often as I like!!! I love to hear about what goes on there and things to do and places to go for when I come back!!!

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