Mesa Grill is Meh

Restaurant Week.
We have already covered the pros and cons of  it.
So let’s just jump right into a restaurant that I went to under DURESS.
Did NOT want to go here, because the menu just never looked exciting or interesting to me. 
But, does anyone listen to the nice Jewish girl with the food blog?
Of course not. 
The restaurant was kind of nondescript – nothing that really bothered me, just nothing that was interesting or memorable.
A harbinger of things to come.

Prickly pear margaritas were pretty and strong, but not especially flavorful. They tasted like a regular margarita without any of the sweet-tart flavor that I so look forward to in a prickly pear drink.
Jalapeno corn muffins.

Ok, I will admit it…here, I was totally in love. Like…totally. The muffins were warm, crumbly little cakes of love filled with the savory taste of cornmeal, buttery bursts of corn kernels, and subtle flares of heat from jalapeno slices. The sweet, unsalted butter added a creamy note to the crunchy muffins. These were just fab, and I will be making htem at home.
Sophie’s Salad.

I got this because it is something of a signature item – I mean, it has been on the item forever and I do love an inventive salad. 
Inventive being the missing component here.
Romaine lettuce, kidney beans, chickpeas, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and tortilla strips in a balsamic dressing.
Oh wait, did you just fall asleep?
Me too. Everything was fresh, and the cheese was especially sharp and delicious, but it was seriously boring. Not any new flavors. Blah.
Grilled Mahi Mahi, with New Mexico Red Curry Sauce and Creamy Green Chile Rice

This was well cooked mahi mahi. I love the taste of mahi mahi, which is a clean, mild tasting fish, so this was fine. And thankfully I do like that taste because the curry sauce was literally tasteless. As in, I kept dipping my spoon in it to see if I was missing something…anything! but other than a bit of heat, there was no taste there. I was truly disappointed. The chile rice was creamy and well cooked, but once again…where is the spice???
Mexican Chocolate Pudding with Gingersnap Crumble.

Now this was also delicious. Thick, creamy, sweet chocolate pudding that was more akin to milk chocolate than dark – just the way I like it. The gingersnaps added crunchy and  – dare I say? – SPICY – notes to the dessert. It really was a great way to end the meal.
This meal was basically a downer. Other than our FABULOUS waitress Kelly, a heck of a bread basket and great portion sizes, this meal lacked what I most look for in a dining experience – than being taste. I just didn’t like the way the menu looked, and I have to say…I didn’t like the way it tasted. Sorry, Mesa Grill…I will need to look elsewhere for my kick of Southwestern Flavas.

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  1. I went to the Las Vegas MG a few years back and was completely underwhelmed: an $80 lunch for two that felt like it should have been a Denny's meal for 1/4 the price. All style, very little substance.

    (Although my brother once went to Bar Americain in NYC and called it one of the five worst meals of his life.)

  2. just found your blog, enjoying eating vicariously! ex-uws, now stuck in the land of not-much-good-to-eat in nj.

  3. It's been around forever and probably needs to go. I haven't eaten there in 18 years…was OK in the early days. Now I'm guessing they are cooking for some middle of the country tourists who are scared of any spice (you know, the ones who ask for Olive Garden. In New York. Aaaaaarrgh.)

  4. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @JustinM-Yeah, and with all the great southwestern food that is available in LA, you would really be disappointed if you ate here. Although your brother might win the prize…
    @Anna-Hi, Thanks for reading! can't wait to check out your blog!!!
    @Dee-You have their number, exactly.