Saturday, January 19, 2008

Italian Grille

This restaurant is now closed. The Toasted Yolk is now in that location.

Restaurant: Italian Grille
Type: Italian
Address/phone/web address:

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2129C W Davis St, Conroe, TX
(936) 539-3839

Price range: Mid-range for lunch; slightly expensive for dinner
Local establishment or chain: local
Exterior Cleanliness: 10
Interior Cleanliness: 10
Hostess: 10
Waitstaff: 10
Food rating: 10
Overall rating: 10
You should order: I’ve never had anything bad
You should stay away from: The desserts

So I’ve waited a week to review Italian Grille, and that is a mistake. I won’t be waiting that long again. Also, I was more interested in socializing with my co-workers and friends than on what I was going to write in this review. My memory of the experience is a bit sketchy, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

If you want some excellent Italian food in Conroe, this is the place to go. The bread and olive oil dipping goo is excellent. Make sure everyone at the table eats some because the garlic is really strong. I pity the fool who has to hang out with a bunch of people with garlic breath!

I actually visited Italian Grille twice in one day. It was our work-day for teachers in Conroe ISD, and any chance we get, we teachers like to go out in the free world for lunch. Oh, how I can’t wait to eat lunch every day in the real world, but that’s another blog. I don’t think they were expecting the crowd, but the service was still very good. Now to the important part: the food. I had the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich. It was a darn good sandwich. I think I want another right now. It had some really creamy cheesy stuff spread on flat bread that blended well with the chicken and red peppers. I will definitely order that again.

For dinner, I met up with a couple of friends, Jess and Karen. Karen brought along Tori, and it was very nice meeting her, too. I had the Chicken Marsala. It was good, too, but not as good as that sandwich. The marsala sauce was a bit thin, but it had a good flavor. It came with a whole side of spaghetti and marinara which I took home. But I swear, since I’ve turned 30, my memory is starting to go. I left it in my car overnight and had to throw it away. I’m sure it would have tasted very good because my dog wolfed it down in about 3 seconds. Oh, he just told me to tell you it was the best he’d eaten.

The only reason I say to stay away from the desserts is because they seem a bit Sysco-ish. I don’t think they are made on the premises, so they’re nothing special. They’re certainly not bad, but they’ve been open and established long enough where they could start making some improvements in that area. A crème brulee or a better tiramisu would be super and make this the perfect Italian eatery.

1 comment:

  1. I am one of the fortunate teachers able to escape from school to eat with Kim. I ordered the muffalata(sp?) sandwich, and I don't think it was as good as Kim's chicken. Pizza Shack in Willis has a better muffalata. My sandwich had way too much meat on it for my taste. Meat eaters would disagree. Everything else around me looked really good though.