Monday, December 14, 2015

Restaurant Review + Giveaway: Brio Tuscan Grille @ Liberty Way

Recently I was invited with some other bloggers to the new Brio Tuscan Grille at Liberty Way in Liberty Township. First let me say - I had no freakin idea this place even existed (Liberty Way that is)! It's huge! There's a Cheesecake Factory, tons of shops, indoor & outdoor mall - holy cow! 

But I was there to try Brio - there's another of these down at Newport on the Levee which I've been to a few times. It's a little pricey and slow for lunch - so we don't go too often.

I really can't remember what my drink was but I asked if they had Sweet Tea and they didn't - but they did say they could do this drink for me. It wasn't an Arnold Palmer - but it was something like that - I think it was Peach Tea + Lemonade. It was DELICIOUS!!!! I had like 3 of them!

We started with bread - I don't really like those cracker things - but what I do love is the butter. It's soft and comes topped with crunchy sea salt! Yum!

First up - they had us try EVERYTHING on their Bar Menu. These start at $3.95 which is really affordable - I was definitely up for some little apps all around.

First up was my favorite of the night - Crispy Tuscan Tots ($3.95) - fried golden brown and stuffed with mashed potatoes, bacon and mozzarella then served with a side of Srircha mayo.

These were totally my favorite - I mean fried bacony, cheesy balls of mashed potatoes - Bravo Brio! I didn't even need the mayo. Yum!

Next up - Beef Carpaccio ($3.95) - this was fine. I don't mind the raw beef - it just didn't have a lot of flavor.

We also tried their flatbreads - this was the Margherita ($3.95) - I preferred this one. Thin & crispy with fresh mozz! And also - check out all these for $3.95! I mean - you could share a few of these for lunch! What a deal!

Housemade chips & balsamic onion dip ($3.95). I love balsamic vinegar but didn't love this dip. It wasn't bad - I just didn't love it with the saratoga chips. The chips were great though - super crispy.

Here's the Sausage & Pepperoni Flatbread ($4.95) - it was good and had ricotta, provolone and mozz but I liked the Margherita better.

The Tomato Mozzarella Salad is always a great choice ($4.95) - this definitely reminded me of my own Caprese Salad recipe. The fresh mozz is so different than pizza mozz - delicious!

This was the Black Pepper Shrimp ($5.95) with romano crusted eggplant and a spicy black pepper cream sauce. The shrimp was great! I don't like eggplant much but it was okay. 

Lastly we tried the Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Artichoke Dip ($5.95) - this was pretty good - I think it was missing a little zing from either mayo or cream cheese but it wasn't too bad.

A couple other folks also tried their Brio Burger ($5.95) and said it was really good. So basically - we killed their Bar Menu. My favorites were the Tots and Margherita Flatbread.

They also had a Chef's Feature menu that had some wine, entree and dessert options for us to try.

One of the folks at our table tried the Shrimp Mediterranean ($16.50) served on Orzo pasta. This looked really good and she liked it a lot.

I went for the Filetto de Manzo Toscano with a Crab & Shrimp Cake ($34.95 for 8 oz filet). This was served with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. The mashed potatoes and vegetables were fine - but a couple of bites in I just saved them for Larry.

The crab & shrimp cake was really good - but I'm a sucker for crab cakes - they're always delicious. This was nice because it didn't have a lot of junky fillers and was very crabby.

My steak was a perfect medium rare  - I have said may times - I like my cow to moo and moo it did! This was a great steak. The 8-oz portion was big too - I ended up saving half the steak to go with the potatoes and veggies for my husband's lunch the next day.

They also have a pizza bar area that I totally want to sit at next year. You can have your whole meal there - and hang out with the guy making pizzas. I love watching people cook so that will definitely be my spot!

Next up it was time for dessert - lots and lots of dessert! 

The seasonal trio had creme brulee, butterscotch pecan bread pudding and something else on the end there. I was really looking forward to the bread pudding but it ended up being the creme brulee that I loved. It's just so creamy and eggy - oh how I love custard. I couldn't believe that a couple people had never had it! It's like the best vanilla pudding ever but with a crunchy sugar crust on top! So good!

We also got to try their full-sized desserts like cheesecake, chocolate lava torte, tiramisu and an apple & walnut crostada. The tiramisu was good but the chocolate lava cake was my favorite by far. The thick brownie-like texture opening up to an oozy thick chocolate fudge - then topped with super creamy vanilla ice cream- DELIGHTFUL!

They are also building these apartments right next to everything - what a fun place to live! There would be no reason to go to the grocery store ever!!!

They have a big lot that you can park in for free but the closer spots have meters. The nice thing is though - the meter money goes to charity - so then you're paying for good! I like that!

Now that you have seen a sample of their menu - let me know what you'd like to try and you could win a gift card to Brio for yourself!

Thanks again to Brio for inviting us!

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