I took 3 of the pickiest eaters along with myself (I am not as picky or classy, but can eat a lot and if I don’t leave full it can get ugly) and we went to The Juniper Grill.
The decor inside is made up of very cool and calm olives and sea greens. Dim lights overhead, and an open kitchen area all make for a relaxing place to eat. The restaurant isn’t very big, but the way it is laid out makes it easy to people watch while not feeling like you have no privacy yourself.
The Junpier Grill (1332 Carnegie) is located minutes from Jacob’s Field, Tower City, and the Flats. It is a fancy place, without the fancy prices and is a good idea for a large get together (call ahead for reservations) or a special evening with just the 2 of you.
The menu isn’t very lengthy, but we picked a few different items to get a good idea of how the Restaurant stacked up. The place wasn’t very noisy on a Saturday night and it was a nice change of pace to be able to have a conversation at a talking level.
The waiter, set with the task of pleasing myself, Michele and her very picky parents, was dressed casually and was very knowledgeable and personable upon arriving quickly to our table. The special of the night was rib-eye steak and 2 were ordered cooked two different ways.
It came with asparagus served right on top. Michele ordered chicken with carrots and mashed potatoes and I decided upon the chicken paprikash. My meal was two large servings of chicken drenched in a sour cream based sauce all on top of a heaping of wonderful mashed potatoes, but I guess I am getting ahead of myself.
Drinks were served quickly and I must recommend their green tea. It made a great companion to my meal. As we waited for the food, we talked about the interior, which we all agreed made for a great setting. Each light that hung from the ceiling had a long white covering with a glossy finish that set off a subdued glow. The walls were painted, as mentioned before, with cool olive and sea green designs. Before we had much more time the food was ready!
The Juniper Grill’s meals were priced between $16-~$25 and that may scare off some folks, but let me tell you the food is worth each penny. I am a man that hides no secrets of eating way too much food and even I had difficulty finishing the whole meal. The rib-eye was so juicy and both were cooked to the correct specifications.
The mashed potatoes melted like butter instantly upon consumption, and even Michele’s side of carrots was delightful! Oh, and I forgot to mention that we had been served a nice basket of rolls with a wonderful cinnamon butter with our drinks and salads.
Again, the waiter made sure we were comfortable and satisfied without interrupting the flow of conversation, which is always a plus. I often do not understand why some places insist on overdressed, overly polite employees when most people, I think, enjoy someone laid back and able to help with the menu and entertain when possible. We instantly liked our waiter without him having to wear an annoyingly bright outfit or a tuxedo. He was comfortable and so were we.
One in our party was worried because he had asked for his rib-eye to come without their usual sauce, but he gave it a shot and really enjoyed it anyway. The chicken on my plate was so moist and tasty I felt like the cooking staff had paid extra care to make sure that my plate was perfect.
Really, what more can you ask for, when you go out, spend a few dollars and in return get quality service with quality food? We left (after paying the bill of course) talking and trying to come up with a few negatives from our experience to have suggestions for The Juniper Grill, but really the only complaint was the small menu.
They might not have the biggest selection of foods, but I can tell you they have perfected the ones they do have. We strongly suggest a visit to The Juniper Grill soon.
I didn’t notice a webpage, but you can get more info and set up reservations by calling (216) 771-1334. As always let us know what you thought as well!