With rare exceptions (usually ethnic restaurants), I haven't been that impressed by the culinary selections of Columbia. So I must say the Stanford Grill really impressed me. For one thing, the ambiance -- it feels very cozy and less impersonal than steakhouse/American type restaurants normally feel. It has an upscale feel that doesn't seem forced.
A glass of Tempranillo wine was both delicious and relatively well-priced. A few of us shared the griddle cornbread which was fantastic and definitely enough for sharing. For dinner, I reluctantly opted for the house specialty of rotisserie chicken. I say "reluctantly", because I normally find baked chicken to be a boring dinner option. However, I have to say, this is a house special for a reason! It is very juice and well-seasoned. Not just your typical chicken dish. I had the glazed carrots and french fries as sides (they are good about substitutions, and I didn't like the options that came with the rotisserie chicken). Both were great, though I was disappointed because I'd been interested in the mac & cheese side and was told it could only be prepared with bacon (I don't eat pork). The restaurant, which already has a pretty meat-heavy menu, might consider a non-pork version of the macaroni & cheese?
Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant for those in the area. Waits can be long, just as a warning.
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