If I remember correctly, the old saying goes "From the ashes rises the phoenix" and that is exactly what happened to The American Grill. When The Grill was in their small location on 3rd Street, I was a frequent diner. I had tried everything on the menu and it was all really good. Through a series of unfortunate events, it was broken into, ransacked and set on fire. I was quite angry that someone would do that to a business, not to mention it was one of my favorite businesses. Fortunately, they were not deterred and not only started cleaning up that place, but also looking for a new bigger place. They found a location on Main Street attached to a motel that was being vacated by another restaurant. Hard work and dedication led to a 2014 New Year's grand opening for the new American Grill with much more seating including an old fashioned lunch counter.
Their menu kept most of the tasty favorites that I had before, but added some new things that I am ready to add to my list of things I've eaten there. The name American Grill is an apt one since the cuisine is delicious American food standards. They have great burgers, big sandwiches, steaks, salads, pasta and the American staple chicken fried steak. Also on the menu is the instruction that if you can't find what you want, make a request. If they have the ingredients in the kitchen, they will make something just for you. Try doing that at a chain restaurant! If that wasn't enough, they also have daily lunch and dinner specials that may or may not be on the regular menu. And they didn't let a good building go to waste. Their old location is the home base for their fantastic catering services. There isn't much more praise I can bestow on The Grill. Friendly staff, good management, skilled cooks and great food all make for a pleasant dining experience even if you have to wait a few minutes for a table on Friday and Saturday nights. You can find them at 1623 S. Main in Grove. You can also call in a to go order at 918-787-8689. Tell them the Talking Simian sent you. They'll have no idea what you're talking about but it will be funny for a couple of seconds. Happy dining.
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