If you live near Gilbert Road and Brown Road, Modern Grove Mesa wants to be your family-friendly casual neighborhood hotspot. Located on the northwest corner with a Dunkin’ Donuts and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt shop, I first noticed Modern Grove’s lawn patio. Group and pet-friendly, the space would be perfect for a game of cornhole with the kids while you toss back a pint or two of local draft beers on the weekend or for a night under the stars this springtime with a glass of wine and dinner with friends.
Walking into the restaurant felt immediately welcoming. The entryway was lined with bottles of wine and the dining room was brightened with lots of natural light from the glass windows around the restaurant. The menu was written on chalkboards hanging above the ordering counter and in paper format to peruse. Being mine and my guest’s first time at Modern Grove, we wanted to try a little bit of everything especially fan favorites. One I thoroughly enjoyed was the Hail Kale! salad, a Modern Grove signature dish. Sweet mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, pistachios, and feta cheese crumbles were sprinkled throughout the bowl of baby kale and tossed in one of the most flavorful salad dressings I have ever had. The spiced orange vinaigrette is made in house and the sweet orange marmalade complementary to the punch provided by the chili powder. I enjoyed this salad with a glass of refreshing tropical green iced tea. Iced teas are made exclusively for Modern Grove through Espresso Italia.
My guest ordered The Roast Panini with half sweet potato fries and half seasoned French fries as a side. This sandwich is a must get for the horseradish lover. Flank steak was grilled to medium rare and the sandwich was layered with caramelized sweet onion, provolone cheese, and dressed with that tangy horseradish sauce. Additionally, the fries were savory, crispy, and easily addictive—no ketchup required!
We also ordered some shareables for the table. For a starter, you cannot go wrong with the bruschetta board. And from looking around at other tables, the hummus was quite the popular item too. Kale makes another appearance in the Dr. Watkin’s Chorizo and Kale pizza. With the pizza dough made in house and then topped with a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, I found that the chorizo was very flavorful and stood out more than the chopped kale on top.
Looking for a vegan option? Dr. Bash’s Roasted Veggie Vegan Quinoa Bowl has been one of the most delectable quinoa dishes I have had in recent memory. Great for sharing, as a side, or an entrée, the bowl is served hot and tasty. The quinoa was fluffy and stir-fried with roasted summer squash, red peppers, onion, capers, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and herbs, which made for an aromatic meal. For added protein, there was also the option to add chicken or flank steak.
Finally, if you are looking to end your meal with something sweet, there was a noticeable mouthwatering selection of baked goods on display in the glass case next to the register. There were cookies, croissants, cake, and other sweet treats, many of which were made in house. I did not try any during my visit but I heard the new blueberry croissant is a staff favorite!
Modern Grove currently serves breakfast (until 11:00 A.M.), lunch and dinner daily. And as of January 27, Modern Grove Mesa will have a full bar stocked with local craft beers on tap, a variety of wines, and an array of cocktails. Be sure to look for a new menu rolling out soon and perhaps brunch service on the weekends in the near future. You can also visit their other location in Phoenix.
To learn more about Modern Grove and its various locations in the Valley, please visit: http://www.moderngrove.com.