Monday, August 9, 2010

The Daily Grill, 445 Ada Dr SE, Ada - 7/28/10

August, 2012 - the restaurant has re-opened, not as a Gilmore location, but as Chloe Elan.
On August 20, 2010, I read a notice that the restaurant will be closing at the end of the month. The future of the leased building is unknown but Greg Gilmore is planning on building a new restaurant on the adjacent 12 acres that he owns, sometime next year.
The oldest member of The Gilmore Collection, the former Thornapple Village Inn is an expansive restaurant located on the Thornapple River. It has a large outdoor deck and a small, beautiful bar. The main floor is divided into three rooms. The dark lower level has private dining/banquet rooms and a wine cellar. Wooden walls and large windows predominate upstairs and it’s a pleasant atmosphere.

The lunch menu is not online but there’s enough overlap with the dinner menu to get the idea. Fresh, local food is emphasized and the restaurant has its own garden.

We had tried most of the appetizers already on previous visits and therefore selected the PEI (Prince Edward Island) mussels. This beautiful creation consisted of lemon thyme butter broth, garlic bread, crushed bacon, and olive rocket salad (arugula & onions). Lovely to look at and even better to eat. Combined, everything worked perfectly and the toasted garlic bread provided much needed texture.  

Next up was the TBA: local honey smoked turkey breast, bacon, and avocado with red onions, organic greens, and basil mayonnaise on ciabatta. The idea was good but the individual parts could not be consumed at the same time. The avocado was a thick slice, arbitrarily placed at one end of the sandwich. There was no way the flavors could evenly combine.
Penne was the other selection: pasta, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, shitake mushrooms, and asparagus with herbed bleu cheese sauce. It was a decent choice but the blue cheese sauce completely overwhelmed everything. The ingredients could be seen, but only bleu cheese was tasted.

Service was friendly and prompt. However, when asked to box up the second half of the sandwich, our server omitted the fries without asking or mentioning it. That, along with a ripped and frayed cloth napkin, was a little surprising at this otherwise nice restaurant.    
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