I find myself dining more downtown as the vibe has changed dramatically over the last year or so.
Going downtown to hang out and meet friends for dinner and drinks has become cool. One of the areas that has seen the most change is 3rd Street. We had the opening of the Downtown Grand Hotel last year and many new restaurants in the surrounding area.
One restaurant already downtown that was a hidden gem and now is becoming a hot spot because of the added foot traffic due to the growth of that area is Triple George Grill (201 N. 3rd St).
I recently was meeting friends of mine for dinner and some great baseball handicapping talk and we decided on the Grill. This is a place we have met before for dinner and conversation but it had been a while so it was good to go back.
We were there on a Wednesday night and the place was hopping. They seated us right away, and on this visit we intended to order the Chicken Parmesan. Two of us get this but the guy who usually orders it throws us a curve ball and goes with one of the Chef’s Specials, which that night was Shrimp with Carolina Grits.
I am not a grits guy as they are too bland for my taste. My buddy just plain crushed his meal. He said those may have been the best grits he ever had and was beyond happy with his choice. There was nothing left on his plate.
The Chicken Parmesan was good as usual. All three of us started our meals with a Caesar Salad, which was good but not out of the ordinary. I have had their Baked Onion Soup in the past and liked that as starter as well.
On past visits I have had their Porcini Crusted Ribeye, which was amazing. They make a dry rub out of Porcini mushrooms then pan sear the steak, locking all the juices inside while giving the outside a unique flavor and taste. If you like mushrooms you will enjoy this steak immensely.
The menu at Triple George offers something for everyone so it’s great for meeting a group of people. No matter if you’re feeling like pasta, steak, seafood or just plain comfort food like pot roast or a chicken pot pie they have you covered.
I love the wood décor of the Grill. Also the bar has a section with tables and booths as well as a second dining area in a separate room in the back, which is great if you have a large party.
If you just want to meet someone for a drink and appetizers they have a great menu of choices such Crab Cocktail, Oysters on the Half Shell and Crab Cakes.
Triple George Grill gives you an upscale feel without the high prices. Most items are priced between $15 and $25 and only when you get to their Dry Aged Steaks do you have items that top $30. On the Strip they would be $50-60 so, again, a great value here.
You get great service in a fun atmosphere with good food at good prices. I give the Triple George Grill a rating of 3.50 Forks out of 4.
Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].