By Jacob Strangis |Staff Writer|
The State is a restaurant in the city of Redlands that is a must dine experience.
The restaurant is located conveniently in downtown Redlands off Orange Street, just south from the 10 East bound freeway.
The surrounding area it’s located in is clean, well kept and is very welcoming for first timers and returning customers.
As a bonus, there are plenty of stores to shop at after enjoying a delicious meal.
The restaurant has a unique brewery look to it; there were Edison light bulbs hanging from suspended wooden planks from the ceiling, wild west-themed artwork on the walls and a giant bar with a wooden frame with a large selection of alcohol.
There is an outside patio if customers would like to enjoy the weather outside or they could dine in the dim lit interior, which sets the mood for dining.
Customers are able to feel like they are in a traditional western brewery.
The first thing I noticed was the place was clean, organized and the temperature was neutral.
Many restaurants have the A/C cranked up in order to have customers eventually get uncomfortable and leave, so the business can have a high turn over rate.
The State did not; the temperature was perfect whether one has a short sleeve or jacket on they will be comfortable and not feel pressured to hurry up and leave.
The color scheme of the restaurant is black, silver, brown and white, giving it a neutral and calm feel to it.
The music complimented the calm feel of the restaurant with its mellow selection of classic rock in the background.
In addition, the design of the restaurant was simple in that you don’t feel cluttered with condiments, other utilities or the environment because it is very open.
The restaurant offers 20 varieties of menus on different days of draft beer, so if people want to invite a group of friends out to try new beer, this is the place to do it.
The food menu offered a great variety of food and was not overwhelming at all.
“My favorite thing on the menu would be the spicy burger with bacon,” said Devin, waitress at The State.
I ordered the bourbon barbecue Bacon Burger while my friend ordered the spicy burger with bacon.
Upon getting our entrees, the food was immaculate looking and well-prepared.
The first bite was a feeling of absolute satisfaction and happiness for the taste buds.
“Atmosphere was good, drink selection was excellent, preparation was great and the food was fantastic,” said customer Matthew Swistock.
I couldn’t agree more with that statement, I will definitely be visiting this place again in the near future and bring both friends and family along to share the delicious experience.
The pricing on the menu averaged $15-20 per meal, so the food is easily affordable.
“We are definitely, coming back here again,” said Swistock.
The final verdict is a nine out of 10 rating.
The reason one point was docked, they could use some more variety on their food menu; it was a bit of a limited selection.
I highly recommend anyone to give this restaurant a try whenever the opportunity presents itself.
22 E State St.
Redlands, CA 92373