You know when you’re out to dinner and about to head home, but then remember you have to make one more quick stop for milk/diapers/coffee/toilet paper?
Well, if you go out to dinner at Hy-Vee Market Grille (4221 West Circle Drive NW), you don’t have to — because you’re already at the grocery store.
Don’t let that put you off from spending a date night here, though. This grocery dining experience isn’t like any I’ve experienced. It feels more like a restaurant within a mall, with its own separate outdoor entrance, its own kitchen, and its own ambiance. And wouldn’t you know it — really good food.
The separate entrance and standalone kitchen are just a couple differences between the Market Grille and two other Hy-Vee-based restaurants in town, currently both called Market Café. The Grille also has an expanded menu, wine and sushi specials, a lunch menu with smaller portions and patio seating in warmer months.
When they say “expanded menu,” they mean it. The jam-packed selections include a full array of appetizers, salads, pizzas and flatbreads, as well as sushi, Asian specialties, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and chops, pasta, seafood and desserts. (Told you they weren’t kidding.)
One of their most popular items since opening last week is the California burger. It’s topped with avocado, onion, bacon, tomatoes and a sweet sriracha sauce. On the sushi menu, don’t miss the “cha-ching” roll, which is packed with shrimp, tuna, salmon, tilapia and surimi, then tempura-fried and topped with spicy mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce. Meat lovers, be sure you check out the steaks and chops menu, which includes a bone-in, 12-ounce tomahawk ribeye.
When you walk in, one of the first things you see is the “wine wall,” featuring 90 different varieties of wine. Aficionados, take note: On Wednesday nights, every bottle of wine on that wall is half-price (and the same goes for Saturday nights if it’s a red wine); sushi is half-price on Wednesdays as well. Take it from me: there are some pretty nice bottles on that wall. And if you don’t happen to finish during your meal, they’ll re-cork it for you to take it home.
Two final notes: Just this week, the Market Grille introduced a lunch menu, which has lighter portions, lower prices and quick prep times to get you out the door if needed. And finally, if you don’t have time to stop by but don’t want to cook dinner, you can go online to hyveemarketgrille.com and place an order from the menu. As soon as you pull up into one of the curbside parking spots, they’ll run your food out to you.
Market Grille is open at 6 a.m. daily for breakfast. Sunday through Thursday they close at 10 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday they’re open until 11 p.m.
Swingsation for Arts
There are many reasons I love heading down to Lanesboro for mini-getaways, but one of the main community qualities that keeps me coming back is the flourishing arts scene.
Next weekend, you have an opportunity to be part of seeing it continue to thrive.
Swingsation, the Lanesboro Arts annual benefit gala, will be held Nov. 7 starting at 6 p.m. It includes an auction, live blues music, and get this: an amazing tapas menu by Johnny Mango Catering.
Get a ticket, benefit the arts and bonus: you get to try catfish on garlic whisky bread, barbeque shrimp and grits tulips, Cajun-fried chicken with bacon apricot relish, deep fried pulled pork, fresh shaved brisket sliders with a variety of creative sauces and more.
Oh, and just a little bourbon dark chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce for dessert. (WHAT.)
The gala will be held at the Lanesboro Community Center at 202 Parkway Ave., Lanesboro. Tickets cost $65 per person and are available on the Lanesboro Arts website at lanesboroarts.org.