Rock City Grill

Written by on March 2, 2015 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Spokane, Washington

Rock City

How I heard of this place: While on a business trip in Spokane, my husband happened to walk by this place, only a mile from our hotel. Easy walking distance along the river made for a trip to the Grill.

Type of cuisine: Born in 1992, Rock City Grill is described as a marriage between fine and casual dining. We started with Spokane’s first wood-fired oven, gourmet ingredients, and soon became famous for our Thai Pizza and Pasta. We are Spokane’s most creative restaurant featuring non-traditional Italian food mixed in with American favorites.

Rock City Bar Seating

Ambiance: A corporate feel in this mall-set establishment, with glowing blue lights in the bar and along one kitchen space, where the wood-fire oven lays.

BRock City Bar

Booth seating and matching seating at tables with chairs, for larger parties, are found throughout the long, rectangular-shaped space. High ceilings and dim lighting give an air of romance,  quickly depleted by the flat-screen televisions bearing college football. Clean and sleek, the space, while corporate is noticeably newer and diligence placed on upkeep.

Rock City Interior

What I ordered: We started our evening with the Lettuce Thai You Up! ($8.95), an Asian lettuce wrap with chicken, mushrooms, green onions, water chestnuts, garlic & ginger, served with crisp iceberg lettuce leaves, Chinese sauce, and Rock City Thai Peanut sauce.

Rock City Lettuce Wrap

Our main entrees each came with the option for a side salad or soup and we each chose the Pecan Apple Salad ($4.50 each as a side) of fresh spring mix tossed with apples, red onions, candied pecans, feta cheese, and a maple vinaigrette.

Rock City Bread & Salad

My main entree came off of the Italian-inspired menu: the Italian Sausage Calzone ($15.95) substituting the Italian sausage for pepperoni, and double the mozzarella (instead of ricotta), green peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions and tomato sauce.

Rock City Calzone

My husband chose the Barbeque Baby Back Ribs ($18.95), oven-roasted baby back pork ribs with a blueberry barbeque sauce, accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes

Rock City Dry Ribs

and tempura battered onion rings.

Rock City Onion Rings

What I loved: The salad. Both my husband and I felt that the salad, with its very maple-y vinaigrette, accompanied by candied pecans and tart feta cheese was the highlight of our meal. The remainder of the meal left much to be desired (rubbery ribs, flavorless calzone dough, goopy canned Thai sauce for the lettuce wraps).

Rock City Starter Salad

Why I loved it: A beautiful sunset walk along the Riverfront, on a snowy March evening to Rock City, not to mention the friendliness of our server; she made up for any slack in the food department.

Cost: Average to high ($15.50 – $24.95 per specialty entree)

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