Meritage Restaurant in Glendale is an upscale restaurant – there’s a nice bar area in the front with high-top tables and then a separate area with tables. I’ve driven by a million times but hadn’t ever been. It’s very close to my friend’s house and she was teaching a Salsa class – so it was convenient location-wise.
We were there a few minutes early and I got a drink – they have a nice drink selection – so I tried a Pomtastic ($9) with Grey Goose Orange Vodka, Pama Liqueur, Pomegranate Juice, Simple Syrup and a Splash of Cranberry Juice.
It was very tasty! I’m not too into fancy cocktails but I liked it – it’s not too hard when there’s pomegranate juice and vodka to make it good though – right?
For the salad, I tried the Meritage Salad (Half Size with Entree – $5) with field greens, candied pecans, brie, pear, roasted shallots and pancetta tossed in a balsamic citrus vinaigrette.
This was okay – the pancetta was a little too crispy and the brie was in pretty big chunks. You couldn’t really get a bite with all the parts of the salad. It’s very popular but I probably wouldn’t get it again.
Here’s the mystery entree. I hate when this happens – it was a special – so it’s not on their menu. I’m pretty sure that it was a solid white fish with a mushroom cream sauce on top of fried potato quarters. As is usually – I liked Larry’s choice better than mine. The potato quarters were a bit much – they were really large and a bit dry without the extra sauce. They were ok. But the fish and mushroom cream sauce was really good.
Kevin got the Daily Fish Special with Crab Butter ($29) It was served on a bed of rice with a side of carrots. He’s a frequent diner so he was happy with it.
Rachel and I got the Cajun Goat Cheese Crusted Filet topped with a demi-glace ($32). This is normally served with a twice-baked potato but we both swapped out for the Macaroni & Cheese as Rachel told me how good it is and I love mac & cheese.
For me – the Macaroni & Cheese was just okay – it was very rich and a large portion but it had sort of a funky taste. I tend to be picky on homemade macaroni & cheese so it’s very hit & miss as to whether I like it or not. This one – I didn’t – it’s probably the mix of cheeses they used – and I must not love one of them. It wasn’t awful by any means – I just didn’t love it.
Unfortunately I didn’t love the steak either. The filet wasn’t a great quality – in my opinion – I asked for it medium rare – and it just was sort of chewy. It didn’t have the nice texture that a steak should (I think those Certified Angus folks have me spoiled). What didn’t help either was the Cajun Goat Cheese topping – it was REALLY spicy and basically overpowered everything else. I really didn’t care for that. I didn’t think you could mess up goat cheese and steak – but for me – it was a miss.
They did bring me out a piece of birthday cake – if I’m remembering right – it was a peanut butter cup chocolate cake. It was really rich – luckily Rachel helped me knock this one out. 🙂
Why Should You Go? Well – it’s a nice restaurant. The owners are nice and it’s a nice atmosphere. All in all though – I didn’t love my meal and Larry said the same thing – it was fine – but probably not going to go back.
Have you been? What do you like?