Friday, February 15, 2013

The Grille - A Masterful Balance of Time and Taste!


The Grille On Congress on UrbanspoonTime........it is the most precious of all commodities yet the one most common and available to us all....a conundrum that awaits us each and every morning when we rise, like fresh cut flowers or a hungry dog depending on one's disposition. And we can then 'spend' our Time in any manner we choose every single day. It is one of the most singular decisions bestowed upon the populace, both Regal and Urchin. Yet it is HOW each of us uses our Time that separates the most successful amongst us from those on the lower rungs of Mr. Darwin's Food Chain.


And it is TIME that the purveyors of 'The Grille on Congress' are as intimately aware of, nearly as much as their knowledge of the food and drink they serve itself! This respect for both, the balance that they successfully manage every single day, is what brings out the throngs en masse and allows patrons to leave satisfied.

This particular occasion had me in a lunchtime rendezvous with one Admiral J. Miller of Her Majesty's Sea-bound Fleet and Miss Lady Sarah, a delightful associate who recently joined with his crew but was of recent from the Royal Order of Knights in Orlando.......

And with irony was it that the topic of discussion was Time itself....the recording, capturing, organizing, and rationalization of Time and how best to maximize it's use. Perhaps a bore to many but I assure you the spirit of the conversation was lively and festive!

Joining Admiral Miller and Lady Sarah in our discussion was Lord Rhiver of Raleigh and Sheriff Valchar of Wake Forest....two of the greatest Outliers of Time this realm has ever known for it is their success at managing time that brought us together to sample the tastings of this fine location.

The Grille on Congress is uniquely situated in an area that is rife with office buildings and the busy workers that keep the economy of the area thriving but with a dearth of quality dining establishments nearby, with  'quality' being the operative word. With the surrounding locality covering all manner of Sushi, Pizza, Pub, and PDQ Fast Food burger venues, The Grille occupies a perfect zone of delectability, that rare mix of delightful foods served at a modest fare, in well appointed surroundings, and with an ambiance of acceptable patter that will make any attending dealmaker or vacationer downright mirthful. 

The platters brought us this day ....... a midweek lunch, included Chicken Picatta, a weekly special that was so well done it was ordered by three of the five participants.......including myself! However at the last moment I had them bring a Chicken Quesadilla simply for the variety. 

The Picatta, with it's buttery Chablis and capers sauce was quite succulent and quickly devoured. 

A Grilled Chicken Salad served Lord Rhiver well while the Quesadilla was both wholesome and filling, while not being too spicy (important for those needing to return into close chambers with others soon after!) Yet the most delicious looking of the entrees was Lady Sarah's Salmon Spinach Salad, which with it's healthy portion of grilled salmon and a delicious spinach salad below, looked as ravishing and as light-hearted as a summer breeze.

The entire occasion lasted no more than an hour, left everyone feeling quite satiated, and allowed everyone to resume the days' Act II in fine spirits. The Grille on Congress offers one an occasion to dine in comfort with good food and not ever be 'surprised' by anything untoward on the menu...it's all always good!