A veteran of Ritz-Carlton kitchens from around the world, Executive Chef Laurent Géroli upholds his philosophy of simple, clean cuisine while imbuing his upscale American fare with a Southern spin. The decor at his restaurant honors the elegance of the historic building in which it lives—the Brown Hotel—with varnished wood pillars, oak paneling, and stained-glass windows. In fact, Chef Géroli even cooks up the hotel's de facto trademark, the Hot Brown sandwich—an open-faced masterpiece stacked high with turkey, bacon, and a delicate mornay sauce. Lauded by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living Magazine, and the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food, the time-honored treat has been attracting guests for more than 80 years, even during the 1970s' short-lived Prohibition of bread.
The Hot Brown isn't The English Grill's only epicurean triumph, however. Chef Géroli and his staff curate the seasonal menus with contemporary cuisine, complementing the diverse flavors with the spicy corks of more than 200 wines. Under Géroli's tenure, the Grill has garnered a prestigious AAA four-diamond rating and impressed Esquire food and wine critic John Mariani so much that he has called it "one of the finest restaurants in the United States."