The Lobby Grill
Review of The Lobby Grill at The Arizona Grand in Phoenix, Arizona
The Lobby Grill - What I Liked
- Casual menu - sandwiches, pizza, burgers, salads
- Not your boring grill; food preparation with pizzazz
- Complimentary wontons and dip much more enjoyable than typical bread basket
The Lobby Grill - Be Aware
- Generic hotel ambiance
- Short list of true entrees
Grilled Ribeye and sides at The Lobby Grill © Judy Hedding
The Lobby Grill - The Mood
The Lobby Grill is located in the main lobby of the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. With its light woods and modern southwest decor, large booths and tables provide a view of the open kitchen. The golf course view is pleasant whether you are inside or outside on the patio.
The Lobby Grill - The Damages
Sandwiches, burgers and pizzas range from $11 to $18. If you are in the mood for a full dinner, appetizers cost from $9 to $15 and entrees from $19 to $30. Side dishes are in the $5 to $7 range. Desserts are $8 each.
During our visit we shared a salad and a pizza, a sandwich and a steak with two sides and shared a dessert. Definitely more food that two people would normally eat! Even so, our bill, excluding beverages, tax and tip, came to about $45 per person.
My Review of The Lobby Grill
The Lobby Grill's name gives it away -- it a hotel lobby restaurant. Somehow, when I am in the mood to go out, there are few hotel restaurants that come to mind. At The Arizona Grand's Lobby Grill you'll find six or seven varieties each of the burgers, sandwiches and pizzas offered on the menu, and while they are priced more than your typical sandwich or salad at local chains, the fare here is not like your Red Robin or neighborhood pizza joint. The Caesar Salad ($11) was crisp and fresh with home made croutons and shaved reggiano cheese.
Filet Bleu Cheese Pizza at The Lobby Grill © Judy Hedding
I'd rather have pizza than a standard appetizer any day, so we decided to share one. When reviewing the pizza offerings my eye instantly riveted on the Filet Bleu Cheese Pizza ($14). Rich, and an excellent choice, with many bits of filet, mushrooms and asparagus on a cheesy thin crust 12 inch pizza. The French Dip Sandwich ($16) was piled high with very tender and flavorful sliced prime rib. We couldn't decide between regular fries and sweet potato fries so we tried both. These were our only disappointments of the evening. Both were soggy and uninteresting. Stick to the cole slaw. Since the specialty entree of the house is beef (there are some token seafood and chicken selections, but mostly steaks) we tried the 16 oz Grilled Ribeye ($29). It was tender and enjoyable. Both the Glazed Asparagus ($6), which is not as sweet as it sounds and the Grilled Corn ($5) get a thumbs up from me. I can't recall the last time I ordered corn in a restaurant, but this was worth a repeat performance.
We certainly didn't have room for dessert but it was clear no one wanted us to leave without trying the favorite sweet item on the menu, the Warm Chocolate Chunk Cookie ($8) with ice cream. Oh, my! We tried, but the two of us barely made a dent in it. Warm, sweet and gooey -- just as it should be.
The Lobby Grill is suitable for a business meeting, family dining
experience or special occasion. There are a few menu items that will
please vegetarians. Have your heart set on wings or sliders? Those are
on the bar menu, but if you ask for them in the dining room they
will accommodate you.
The Lobby Grill is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch and dinner menus are basically the same. Next time I feel like something wood-fired for breakfast, I'm going to try a breakfast pizza! How will I choose between Chorizo, peppers onions cheese and eggs pizza (I love me some chorizo!) and the Apple, cinnamon, raisin, cream cheese streusel pizza? I might have to order both.
Where to Find The Lobby Grill at The Arizona Grand Resort:
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85044
Date of review: September 2009.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
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