Paseo Grill: fine dining with a southwestern flair
When you run a website about Oklahoma City restaurants, you hear a lot of feedback on restaurants from a lot of people. Usually, you hear opinions from both sides, with some people liking a place and others either not liking it or not thinking much about it.
However, Paseo Grill was an exception for me. Before I even went to try it out, it seemed like I heard nothing but great things. Everyone I talked to either really liked it or really loved it. This is pretty rare in my experience, so I was pretty excited to try out the Paseo Grill.
I really find this restaurant to be very similar to Cheever’s Cafe. The two are located walking distance from each other, their price ranges are similar at lunch and dinner, and they both offer great atmosphere and a southwestern culinary spin. However, Paseo Grill seems to have a more polished interior, with richer fabrics and decor throughout. I have heard some people say they feel Paseo Grill is “fancier” which I can understand. Whether you favor one approach over the other will be a matter of personal opinion. As far as I’m concerned, they are both excellent restaurants.
A while back, we took our regular writing team to Paseo Grill for lunch. This gave us a chance to try a lot of different things and get a wide range of opinion from all the members of our team. This review reflects input and feedback from several of our writers.
We started off with the fried green beans ($6) — a real delight that is starting to filter down to other area restaurants. These are crisp and delicious and while other serve them with ranch dressing, Paseo has a chipotle aioli that makes a perfect compliment. If you don’t want them as an appetizer, you can substitute them for french fries as a side.
One team member ordered the Cuban sandwich ($11, lunch only) and offered these thoughts:
“The Cuban combines ham, salami and pork loin with gouda and a dill pickle on a ciabatta roll. At $11, I think it’s a bit over-priced, but it was quite tasty.”
Sam tried the Southwest meatloaf ($10 at lunch, $18 at dinner), made with ground tenderloin, pork sausage and smoked cheddar, topped with a chipotle red wine demi glace and served with mashed potatoes and carrots. Meatloaf appears to be making its way up the culinary ladder (much like mac and cheese) and this is definitely a “fancy” meatloaf offering that Sam enjoyed.
Sarah had the Crab and Avocado Salad ($14 lunch, $18 dinner). While it was definitely original and offered fresh and flavorful avocado and crab, this one didn’t overwhelm her or any of the rest of us who tried it. The lemon vinaigrette dressing was pretty sparse, so perhaps a little more of that would have given it more punch.
I hit the jackpot, though, with the chicken pot pie ($9, lunch only) . Now, if you’ve heard about Paseo Grill, you’ve likely heard about the chicken pot pie. It was what I had heard most about prior to going, so I had to try it, and it definitely lived up to the hype. It has a bit of cayenne and curry in it, which gives it a delightful and interesting flavor. To me, it was a nearly perfect dish, very filling, and one of the least expensive items on the menu. However, it’s only available at lunch and while supplies last.
The lunch experience at Paseo Grill is a great value, in my opinion. You get their lush atmosphere, quality service, and very good food at a reasonable price. I always love it when quality places like this offer lunch menus that let you try them out for a fraction of their full dinner pricing. I personally haven’t been for dinner (yet), but I have heard from many who love the fine dining experience they offer at night.
So, let us know what you think about Paseo Grill. We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.