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Popular American Appetizers

Restaurants across North America serve an assortment of appetizers, which begs the question: What appetizers are the most popular on the menu? Well for starters (pun intended), we admit that these small bites are perfect when you want to snack on something before your main dish. From boneless wings to cheesy mozzarella sticks, read more to find out which American appetizers reign supreme!

Boneless Wings

Easy to eat and deliciously flavored, boneless wings are at the top of our appetizer list. You can’t go wrong with savory wings and an ice-cold beer. At American-style restaurants, there are an array of flavors to choose, such as BBQ, hot, mild, and more. This appetizer usually comes with a dipping sauce too, which complements the flavor of the wings.


Although nachos are considered a Mexican dish, this cheesy plate has made its way onto American menus everywhere. Nachos can simply be served with melted cheese, but many restaurants are taking nachos to the extreme. Ground beef, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, sour cream, and salsa are just some of the toppings that are found on top of nachos. They are not a “heavy” appetizer, which is why so many people enjoy nachos!

Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are definitely an appetizer you can indulge in. They are prepared by breading the outside of a mozzarella cheese stick and deep-fried until golden. This dish is typically served with a side of warm marinara sauce. Mozzarella sticks are a staple appetizer at bars and restaurants because of the fried bits and gooey cheese, making it an optimal choice to pair with beer.


Do you have a favorite appetizer, maybe one that we didn’t mention in this blog? Comment down below!

Gettin’ hungry? We recommend ordering from Johnny’s Bar & Grill for dine-in, takeout, and delivery to try our famous appetizers and entrees. You can find our full menu on DoorDash. Place an order by calling (815) 626-7767. We look forward to serving you soon!

How to Support Local Restaurants During COVID-19

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, several state governments have mandated the closure of small businesses such as nail salons, restaurants, and bars. Through these trying times, many businesses such as Johnny’s Bar and Grill have been able to remain open while implementing steps to help combat the virus. Going out to dine at a restaurant might not be the same as it was before, but the support that one can provide to their favorite local restaurants is a lot. Read along as we list a few ways in which you can support your local restaurants during this pandemic.

Order Take-out

You might not be able to dine at your favorite places to eat, but you can still enjoy them in the comfort of your home! Restaurants such as ours are offering curbside pickup or delivery to help flatten the curve while remaining efficient. Call your order ahead of time or order online and have it ready to go by the time you get there. If you don’t want to leave the house at all, order through a food delivery service, they too are adapting to the changes and some are even taking it a step further by offering contactless delivery. Just remember to tip your driver!

Tip Your Server

Truth is, we are all experiencing this pandemic together. And while some have been laid-off or furloughed, other’s such as our wonderful team are still coming in to work to provide our customers with their favorites. Recognize their hard work and make their day a bit brighter by leaving them a tip!  

Leave a Positive Review

Virtual appreciation goes a long way! This a quick and easy way to show your appreciation for your favorite local restaurants, and needless to say, it is also free! Froom Google to Yelp and Facebook, there are plenty of platforms where you can share your positive comments. This will not only put a smile on their face, but it will also grab viewers’ attention and convince them to try that place out too!

Repost, Like, and Share!

With everyone staying at home and being more socially active online, it has made it easier for small business owners to connect with their fan base. If you are following a restaurant or any other small business online, make sure to like or share their content!

We hope that these ideas have motivated you to show your support to the local businesses around you. If you are in the Sterling, IL area, feel free to order some delicious American food from our restaurant! We are offering curbside pick. Learn more about our local restaurant and updates by following us on Facebook!

Don’t Wing It, Here’s a Recipe Instead!

Appetizers and snacks are what we’re all about at Johnny’s Bar & Grill! In order to satisfy your hunger, we thought we would share a recipe that anyone can make from home. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own baked buffalo wings. These are easy to bake in your oven without having the mess of a fryer. Just add a side of celery sticks and ranch and you’ve got yourself a delicious homemade meal. Continue reading to find out what you need for this spicy snack!

Ingredient Checklist:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. It’s recommended to refrigerate at least 1 hour before baking!
  3. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and crispy on the outside. Cook for about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

Share Your Wings on Social Media

Follow us on our social media pages and post a picture to show us your wing meal! We would love to see how your wings turned out. Our customers can also place an order for curbside pickup for wings, burgers, and more. Call us at (815) 626-7767 or visit our website today!

How to Grill Like a Pro

When you sit down to eat at a restaurant, your expectations of a great burger is juicy, tender, and grilled right? Seeing those appetizing grill marks on a burger makes all the difference. Of course, it comes down to the person standing in front of the grill making your food. If you want to learn how to become a grill master yourself, here are a few tips and tricks to get started.

Basic Rules to Follow

Cooking on the grill is an American pastime and an honored position whether you’re hosting a party or preparing a meal for the family. In order to practice good grilling habits, you will want to begin by cleaning the grate to prevent your meat from sticking. Next, you will need to reserve some time for your grill to heat up. You want it to be hot enough to get your burger cooked all the way through, even if it’s just medium-rare. Depending on if you’re working with a gas or charcoal grill, you will want to keep an eye on your food. Some grilling items may need a lower temperature to cook, like your fish, chicken, and vegetables. If you’re cooking a burger, it’s best to use a medium heat for a gas grill. Flip when necessary to get an even grill on both sides of the meat. It’s also important to have the right tools to flip the meat and have them nearby at a moment’s notice. One tip that grillers should always follow is to not step away from the grill for too long; the last thing you want to happen is for your perfectly marinated burger to burn!


Grilling burgers is what we do best at Johnny’s Bar & Grill. We have our seasoned chefs and cooks on the line to grill your burger to perfection. Whether you want to enjoy a drink and game at our bar, you can always count on us for a delicious burger. Be ready to order when you visit our restaurant by checking out our menu online. We can’t wait to serve you!