When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of American cuisine on Friday–Saturday at Grill One Eleven in Rockford. If you redeem your Groupon Thursday–Sunday, it will be worth $45.
Attached to sister eatery Marinades Pizza Bistro, Grill One Eleven serves up a menu of fresh, homemade American dishes. A salty opener of Prince Edward Island mussels comes steeped in Grill One Eleven’s seasonal beer broth and full of swashbuckling tales of the high seas ($11.95). Fool the body into a helping of vitamins and minerals with the complementary flavors of the tart apple gorgonzola salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing ($8.95). Lunchers, brunchers, and mid-afternoon slumpers can sink sandwich stabbers into dough-confined eats such as the prime rib and aged swiss with haystack onions and horseradish cream on herb ciabatta, with rosemary au jus for dipping ($8.95). Stop the fiendish howlings of haunted stomachs with oven-roasted grouper giving savory shelter to scallops, shrimp, and crab topped with chive and almond butter sauce ($18.95). Vegetable napoleon pasta drops eggplant, zucchini, tomato, green and yellow peppers, portobello, and red onion into a field of angel hair, light oil, and balsamic ($14.95).
Visitors can grab a seat at the granite and mahogany bar to sip picks from an extensive drink list. A raspberry blush adds a sweet tang to dinner and helps taste buds socialize unselfconsciously before getting down to work ($6.95), while a glass of Coastal Ridge shiraz ($6) or a bottle of Jakob Demmer riesling ($20) complements grilled fare.
Grill One Eleven
The owners of Marinades Pizza Bistro have given their loyal customers a tough choice: either fall back on the familiar taste of gourmet wood-fire pizzas, or branch into uncharted territory at Grill One Eleven, which is right next door. Reviewers for On the Town and The Grand Rapids Press did not regret their decision to venture into Grill One Eleven.
Like a king disguised as a lowly archduke, the two-story restaurant's ambiance is both elegant and approachable, with rich, hardwood floors and earth-toned walls surrounding diners as they feast on chicken risotto or roasted portabella burgers. Local craft beers flow freely at the granite-topped bar, pairing well with rib eyes and sirloins hot from the wood grill. Large windows shed sunlight on desserts of carrot cake and creme brulee, which can also be enjoyed beside fireplace of the upper-level lounge area.