Twilight Grille

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UPDATE April 24, 2008

My wife and I made it to dinner last night at the Twilight Grille wanting to get out for a nice dinner after having a busy couple of weeks.  We arrived about 6:30 and were seated quickly at a booth.

There were just a few other diners this evening and several people bellied up to the bar watching some sports.

I ordered the 10 oz Baseball Sirloin Filet ($19) off the seasonal selection menu and my wife ordered one of the specials – a prime pork tenderloin ($22).   The sirloin was cooked exactly right and had a nice sauce over the top – it was also tender and had a good flavor.  It was served with a potato-turnip gratin which was very nice, topped with bread crumbs and a cheese sauce sandwiched between the layers of potatoes and turnips.  The meal also came with about 5 very thin stalks of asparagus – tasty, but not what I would call a full serving of vegetable.

My wife’s pork was really tender – probably the most tender piece of pork I’ve ever had.  It was topped with a BBQ butter sauce which tasted very good.  It came with crispy quartered red potatoes and a few thin stalks of asparagus as well.  My wife liked her meal but thought $22 was too much for some pork tenderloin.

Service was very good tonight – our server kept 2 glasses of diet coke on the table for me throughout dinner.

For dinner, the Twilight Grille is a nice quite place to go – prices are at a mid-high level – more expensive than Logans but not as much as someplace like Flame or Does.  We enjoyed our meal here tonight.


Jan 17, 2008

Lunch today was with my Brother Dave and his 3 year old son.  Dave had heard from some friends that the Twilight Grille has good food.  We decided to check it out.   Twilight Grille is located across the street (just North) from Aunt Martha’s pancake house in the same place that for a short while housed the reincarnated Bombay Bicycle Club and prior to that Mike’s Place.When we arrived a bit before noon on a Thursday there was only one other party there and we were seated right away.  The menu is not overwhelming but is quite varied in the types of entrees offered and the lunch menu has lunch-sized portions of several of the regular dinner menu items.

After reviewing things we both decided to try something ‘different’ than our usual lunch fair with Dave ordering the Calamari (squid) Steak ($9) and I having the Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna sandwich ($9).   Dave will comment on his Calamari Steak – but overall he liked it a lot and said that this dish is not something you typically find in Springfield.  I tried it and thought it tasted a bit too fishy for me – but I don’t eat Calamari much.  He did mention that while it is described as being stuffed with shrimp – he never saw any.

We were served two styles of bread with butter to start; one was a soft Italian style, the other was foccacia.  The bread was ok – but nothing special.  The foccacia was too dry and needed the butter.

My sandwich was served with a wasabi mustard sauce on foccacia bread.  I liked my sandwich – the tuna was cooked through – which is the way I like it.  The foccacia used for the sandwich was good (unlike the bread basket) and I enjoyed the wasabi sauce which gave the sandwich a good kick in the flavor department.  I ordered fries for a side and they were pretty good.  The tuna itself was a generous portion which made this a satisfying sandwich.

Dave ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo from the children’s menu ($5) for my nephew and he reported that he liked it LOTS!  The children’s menu also has some interesting choices you don’t typically see – besides the standard burger and chicken strips there is a grilled salmon which I thought interesting and thoughtful.   The kid’s meals also can be ordered with healthy sides like vegetables, fruit or rice.

The Twilight Grille will split entrees for an additional $2 charge.

The décor of the Twilight Grille doesn’t look very different than when Bombay BC was here (at least from what I remember).  It is nice inside with both booths and tables.   There is a full bar and outside seating.  The Twilight Grille is smoke-free.

Our server was very good today and kept up with my diet cokes (4 I think).  Our meals were brought in an appropriate time and everything was cooked well.

The Twilight Grille bills itself as a “Casual Fine Dining” place with an “…eclectic fusion of America casual and fine dining…”.  I think that means that they offer familiar dishes with a fine-dining twist.

Taking a look at the dinner menu – the entrees consist of beef, chicken, pork, duck, salmon, shrimp and pasta – with prices from $9 for ½ order of roast chicken to $32 for the 8 ounce filet.  One note on the pastas – there is no red sauce (marinara) available.  The descriptions indicate the ‘fine-dining’ twist to the food with things like “Caramelized shallot orange-sage butter” for the roast chicken and “Raspberry demi glaze” for the roast duck.

I’m going to try dinner here sometime and see how things are.  For lunch, we enjoyed our meals and liked having something different than usual.

1717 E Cherokee St – (417) 886-7116

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