Daily Grill’s 25th Anniversary
September 1, 1988 was a big day for the Daily Grill. The restaurant opened its doors in Los Angeles that day, with the commitment to serve upscale American dishes in a comfortable. enjoyable environment.
Executive Chef Phil Kastel says, “Everyone knows us for our comfort food; so it’s been a real thrill to develop a modern menu around the dishes that made Daily Grill a neighborhood favorite.”
To help their customers celebrate, Daily Grill is offering a special $25-off promotion if you’re one of their loyal Preferred Guests. This promotion is available during dinner through the end of September; so sign up today!
It’s all about the Food!
Thanks to David Ruvolo and his great staff at the Irvine location, we started our food adventure with the Calamari and the Jumbo Onion Rings appetizer plates; both were delicious! Have you ever tried grilling a lemon before squeezing its juice? It seems to enhance the sweetness and when you squeeze it over your calamari (OK I did squeeze it onto the onion rings when Chuck wasn’t looking too), it makes the flavors pop out even more. Both dishes were accompanied by dipping sauces–garlic aioli, cocktail sauce and bleu cheese dressing, which we used for both.
Scanning the menu next, we weren’t sure what to try–so we took our server’s suggestion and ordered up the Blackened Ahi Tostados. I have to give that dish an A+; a fried wonton chip with a delectable mix of avocado, onion, pineapple and chili, topped with a generous piece of blackened Ahi Tuna and drizzled with sriracha chili sauce.
I was a little afraid of how hot this dish sounded, but Oh Em Gee–I could have eaten 2 or 3 more platters of these little bites! I have to admit that I ended up taking the chili pieces out–but the flavor was infused into the dish, and it hurt soooo good!
Since it was Happy Hour, I decided to enjoy some of their signature cocktails along with our food. I started with the Nobody Puts Bourbon in the Corner–a mouthful of fresh squeezed OJ, mint and Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Then I tried the Derby Tea–Knob Hill Bourbon, Fernet Branca and mint.
I’m a bourbon gal at heart, and while both of these were good, I think that Derby Tea should be served by the pitcher-ful! YUM!
More to Taste!
With so many things on their menu, we weren’t sure where to go next–so we asked our server again (Stephanie was an invaluable resource–everything she suggested was delish!). So we ordered their appetizer-sized Chicken Pot Pie–which would be big enough for a meal for me!
As soon as it hit the table, Chuck couldn’t get his fork into it fast enough–and we ended up devouring it in no time flat.
We ended our meal with a decadent piece of double chocolate layer cake–what can I say about this? Chocolatey, moist, with a side of uber-rich vanilla ice cream and a splash of raspberry sauce–divine!
Something for Everyone
You should be aware that the Daily Grill caters to everyone–with a menu that ranges from down-home comfort foods like meatloaf and chicken pot pie, to full-on dinners, like roasted rack of lamb and pan-seared scallops. They even have gluten-free selections and a new 600 calorie menu that I’ll be back to try another time!
Hope to see you there!