We rarely go out to eat, but one thing my husband and I have been missing for a long time has been a real date. We try to do a "date" at least once a week, even if it's just snuggling together on the couch while watching a movie, but we haven't been able to go out just the two of us near often enough. A few weeks ago we took advantage of the in-house babysitters we now have and decided to find a good place for dinner.
My husband, Marquis, is what you could call picky. He's not picky in the normal sense, like how some people just never eat onions, it's much more of a food snobbery than real pickiness. He simply enjoys good food, and most restaurants out there just don't live up to his standards. Why spend so much money on something that he could make at home for cheaper, and have it taste better? I have to admit that he's got a point. There is a very, very long list of places that we don't go to because of this. The list of places that Marquis will eat at is much shorter, and that's why I created an official award for those few places where Marquis will eat, called the Marquis Will Eat That Award.
The first award went to the Copper Onion, and the second to the Garden Terrace Restaurant in the Grand America Hotel. We highly recommend both places, yum! I wrote about them on my family blog, here and here.
The third recipient of the Marquis Will Eat That Award goes to Magleby's Grotto in Springville. I have to admit that moving from the city to a small town, I didn't expect to find anywhere that Marquis would return to, but I was pleasantly surprised when we tried this place.
We started out with the baked brie appetizer (I must mention that on their website I saw that you could get a free appetizer on Fridays when you order two entrees, so I mentioned it to the waitress and it was true! Yummy and free? Can't beat that!). This appetizer was absolutely perfect. I think the only way to make cheese any better than the perfection it already is is to wrap it in pastry and bake it. Yum!
For our entrees, I tried to find the exact names of what we had on their online menu, only to find that neither one was listed online. I actually love that, because the fact that the menu changes based on what is available tells me that this is the kind of restaurant that I want to go back to. I'd much rather have what is in season or the "fresh catch" than have the same processed, frozen product each time!
I had almond-crusted salmon with rice pilaf and veggies. Why do I always get fish when we go out? I'm not sure, but they cooked it perfectly, and it was so yummy that I didn't think of taking a picture until it was nearly gone.
Marquis decided not to risk getting a full steak because he always ends up disappointed when he gets steak, and instead went for the beef medallions with mashed potatoes and veggies. He gave two thumbs up.
Magleby's is famous for their chocolate cake. We didn't go for it this time because we were just too stuffed, but next time for sure! All of the desserts there looked simply divine, but wow, that chocolate cake! I see one in my future, hopefully very soon!