Monday, January 23, 2012

Restaurant Review: Evolution Grille

Have you ever heard of Saver, PA? Well, I hadn't until I began looking at restaurants for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. Evolution Grille, located in Sarver, is about a 40 minute drive from Pittsburgh, but is conveniently located about a mile off of Route 28 in Butler County, which makes it really easy to get to. Ross and I thought that this would be the perfect end to a perfect restaurant week.

Evolution Grille has a great concept and uses fresh and local ingredients to create much of it's menu. As per my usual restaurant dining ritual, I scoped out the menu before we went. The first thing that caught my eye were the Cranberry Pin Wheels. I knew these were a must and let me tell you, they did not disappoint.

The pin wheels were filled with feta, cream cheese, and cranberries, than batter dipped and fried. Then, as if this wasn't delicious enough, they were topped with a berry mixture and set on a bed of mixed greens. They were light and delicious, and dare I say, the best thing I have eaten all week!

We were also given a bowl of the seafood bisque to try. It smelled so good I even took a bite (my first non-vegetarian food in almost a year). It was really delicious so Ross didn't mind eating most of it. When I wasn't a vegetarian I used to love lobster bisque so I can say with certainty that Evolution Grille makes an awesome seafood bisque.

For my entree I ordered the Evolved Spanikopita, which I loved. I thought it was really interesting that they added a local touch by incorporating rutabaga and parsnips into the traditional spinach and feta mixture. I thought the addition of the root veggies added a nice sweetness to an otherwise tart dish. It was also served on a homemade tzatziki and a side of asparagus and mashed potatoes. I thought overall this was an excellent dish.

Ross ordered the Stuffed Haddock Florentine which he said was really good. He commented on how the stuffing (spinach, tomato, and feta) really made the dish but didn't overpower the lightness of the haddock.

We were also told about Evolution Grille's monthly specials. They are a BYOB establishment but occasionally do wine and beer dinners. For Valentine's Day they are having a 5 course menu 5 wine parings, which for $50 is a good deal. From what I understand, they do not sell you the wine/beer, it is complimentary with the pre-fixe menu. In March they are planning to do a beer dinner featuring specially made brews from Milkman Brewing. Milkman actually makes the beer specially for the dinner, how awesome!

Dinner at Evolution Grille was worth every minute of the commute, I think I actually had dreams about the Cranberry Pin Wheels in my sleep. So if you were thinking about trying it, get out there and do it, and be sure to check their menu as it changes seasonally!

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