With Restaurant Week nearing its end, we figured we better make a reservation and fast. We ended up choosing Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. We’ve always been a fan of Mr. Flay but had never been there, and we were eager and excited to check it out.
What a disappointment. We decided to forgo the uninspired Restaurant Week menu and instead chose a few items from the regular dinner menu. To start, we ordered the Fresh Cut Tuna Nachos and the Cremini Mushroom Quesadillas. These were the best things that we ate, the tuna nachos were paired with some delicious tortilla chips and we enjoyed the ceviche-like feel of the tuna. The Cremini Mushroom Quesadilla was tasty as well; it was topped with Fontina and Ricotta cheese and a fried egg, and had a nice flavor.
For entrees we ordered the Ancho Chile-Honey Glazed Salmon and the Sixteen Spice Chicken. These dishes came with no sides, and were mediocre at best. The chicken was dry and needed a ton of the barbeque sauce to make it taste good. The salmon was fine, but nothing special.
Even the specialty margaritas were disappointing. We couldn’t even finish them. Once again, we are reminded why restaurants owned by Celebrity Chefs are a lose-lose situation. You end up paying inflated prices for food that is cooked by some arbitrary chef with no real emotional connection to the menu.
From now on, we vow to be solely committed to good food and leave the glitz and glamour to somebody else.