The other night, we went to Salt Creek Grille in Princeton. We have been there a few times before and have always enjoyed the total experience and food there. This time, we wanted to do a review. Salt Creek Grille is located in the Princeton Forrestal Village and has really great parking and easy access from US Rt 1. The building has a very tasteful rustic look and in the colder months they light their great outdoor fireplace. This gives it a really great ambiance and as if you are entering a mountain cottage. Salt Creek Grille has two locations in New Jersey and three in California. They also feature specials on various days of the week, whether it is a buy-one-entree-get-one-free or discounts on wine. Of course, these specials are always subject to change. We will enjoy them while they last.The restaurant has a really great atmosphere with high ceilings and a casual yet classy feel to it. The bar area is very impressive, and it is the first area you see when you pass the host stand. Our server for the evening was, Luke. He was bright, efficient and really easy going. He really made our evening a relaxed one. That was the type of evening we had hoped for and that is what we got.
Salt Creek Grille has a great menu with a great selection of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, hamburgers and seafood and meat entrees. They also have an excellent wine list from which we selected a really great Cooper’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc from new Zealand. For an appetizer, we chose the Caesar Over Mesquite salad. The romaine lettuce has a really great flavor to it, being that they grill it quickly on the mesquite grill and top it with Asiago cheese and Caesar dressing.
For dinner, we chose three entrees so we could taste a few different items. The first one was a Special for the evening: Blackened Swordfish with a chipotle honey glaze served with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. The mashed potatoes were substituted for the rice that would have come with the entree. We do tend to customize our meals and the restaurants are always happy to oblige. The fish was tasty and seasoned just right and cooked nicely. The mashed potatoes were delicious.
Entree number two was the Grille Chop which was a Double‐Thick Pork Chop, which we ordered with a bacon‐wrapped potato gratin and prosciuto green beans. The taste of the meat was phenomenal. The texture was tender and juicy. It had a real essence of the mesquite wood that they use for their grill. The potato gratin was outrageously decadent yet delicate.
Now for the third entree – the Mesquite Grilled Baby Back Ribs. The restaurant describes them as “Slow-Roasted, Falls of the Bone!” and they are right! The texture and taste leave you pleasantly fulfilled and craving more. The ribs normally come with delicious Salt Creek Garlic Fries, but tonight, we ordered them with a baked potato with all the fixings. Yummy!
As a final accompaniment to dinner, we ordered the flourless double fudge brownie with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream. Delicious!
We really continued our tradition of having great meals at Salt Creek Grille. The atmosphere, the service and the food was excellent! Luke, our server, was really terrific and we will definitely ask for him again. Thank you, Luke!
Update: We visited Salt Creek Grille again today for another great meal and experience. Luke wasn’t there and we had the opportunity to have Theresa as our server for the evening. She was warm, professional and we really enjoyed speaking with her. She also made it a special experience at the Salt Creek Grille. Now we have two people we can ask for! Thank you, Theresa!
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