When someone's getting all up in your grill, the best thing to say is, "You better step off! The surface temperature of grills can approach 550 degrees Fahrenheit—you shouldn't be standing on that thing!" Today's Groupon demonstrates a high regard for safety by leaving the grilling to the professionals: for $15, you get $30 worth of hearty, Italian-influenced fare and drinks at Portobello’s Grill, with locations on George O’Neal Road and Old Hammond Highway.
Forging a happy medium between the silver spoons of white-tableclothed fine dining and the greasy spoons of the neighborhood greasy spoon, Portobello’s Grill serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in both its dining room and airy outdoor patio. The dinner tuba heralds the arrival of a pair of savory fire-grilled pork chops ($17.99) or cedar-roasted salmon ($17.99) dolloped with creole lemon cream. The Grill's namesake, the grilled portobello sandwich, is a bread-bookended pile of grilled mushroom and eggplant slices backed up by pepper jack, spinach, tomatoes, onions, and mayo, and is more suited to midday cravings ($10.50). Accidentally conjoined mad scientists can share a brunch of sweet and savory delights when they order bananas-foster french-toast ($13.99) and crab-cakes benedict smothered in creolaise sauce ($13.99).
Like a tight black shirt and jeans, Portobello’s exposed brick, vermilion walls, and phantasmagoric artwork lets it navigate the nightlife just as easily as daytime. Add a sugary coda to a night out with a homemade dessert of Beau's caramel-drizzled brownie sundae ($5.99) or bread pudding ($6.99). Or keep creaky conversations from squeaking with a cosmorita from the extensive drink list of beers, wines, and cocktails.