My husband has been eagerly awaiting the opening of Page Road Grill for quite some time. This place has a great location right off 40, next to a whole bunch of offices, so no doubt he’s not the only local tech worker wishing for a new lunch spot. Sure enough, when we stopped by last Friday for lunch, the place was packed. We were initially told a 30 minute wait for a table for two, but it ended up being only about 5 minutes before we were seated. We got a nice little corner seat in the bar area with a decent view of the place. It’s got a look like re-purposed industrial, but it’s actually all new construction.
I was immediately impressed with all the local beers on tap. They also have a beer flight, though a bit pricier than the one at Spirits. Unfortunately I had a lot of things to do after lunch, so I didn’t have an opportunity to try the beers that day.
I ordered the cauliflower cheddar bisque for an appetizer, the “simply fish” dish for an entree, and my husband ordered the grilled hanger steak for his entree. The waitress asked when I ordered if I wanted the soup out first, and I said yes. Sure enough, the soup was brought out just a couple minutes later, piping hot and with fresh cheese grated on top. It was very savory, creamy and had just the right amount of bacon.
Our entrees came out a bit later. The plates were big, but the portions looked rather small. Of course, being after New Years, a lot of people will be happy to find small portions at a restaurant, but I know a lot of other people might find it skimpy. I was perfectly happy with the serving size, because with the soup it filled me up without making me overly full. The fish was quite delicious, and had a fantastic cream sauce. It came with some mashed potatoes which were also quite good, and what was described on the menu as a “kale salad”. I was curious about what a kale salad would look like, and it ended up looking like 3 pieces of kale garnish around the fish and potatoes. Pretty pathetic excuse for a “salad”. I checked their online menu again tonight and it looks like the “Simply Fish” is now being served with “corn and white bean fritter”, no mention of a kale salad, so they might have fixed this issue since I was in on Friday.
My husband’s hanger steak came out pretty fancy looking, nice little steak bits served with a delicious sauce over a bed of sauteed spinach. The peppercorn flavor in the sauce was too strong for my taste, but my husband really loved the dish. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him eat so much spinach either! They did a really good job on it.
It was a bit more expensive than I usually pick for lunch, but grilled fish for $12 and a steak for $13 seemed reasonably priced. We were both really happy with our meals. I checked out the dessert menu, but I’m not a huge pie fan so I skipped dessert this time.
Judging by the crowds, I think Page Road Grill is going to do really well, and be a good lunch spot for the RTP crowd. It’s got a great central location, good atmosphere, and some great entrees.