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Written by on August 8, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(icongrill.com) – Downtown

Icon Grill

How I heard of this place: It was years ago when I first ventured out to the icon Grill in search of late-night food and dessert. For the life of me, I can’t remember who first introduced me to the Grill, but I’m thankful for the introduction.

Icon Grill Window

Type of cuisine: Aroused Americana cooking. American food with touches of inspiration from around the country. Comfort food, salads, soups, burgers, pasta, seafood and meat platters.

Ambiance: When I had come in the past the icon Grill felt more like a lounge with a young professional vibe – slightly louder in the bar, people eating, talking and enjoying time with friends.

Icon Grill Bar Seating

This venture felt much more subdued, but perhaps due to the fact that we were there for an early Sunday dinner (at 5:30 p.m.). The space is very pink, with glass hanging in fishing nets and dispersed as decoration throughout the establishment.

Icon Grill Decor

Large and open, with a grade staircase at the back, the restaurant can accommodate everything from a private romantic dining encounter for two, to a large table seating six comfortably. The bar includes TV sets for watching the game, chatting with the bartender or sitting/standing with friends.

Icon Grill Dining

What I ordered: Having filled up at the Mariners game, Richard and I were in search of tasty dessert! We chose the Icon Grill specifically for its large and tasty hot fudge sundae ($9.75). Three large scoops of Olympic Mountain Vanilla Bean ice cream was served in a cookie bowl with icon’s cone of hot fudge sauce and selection of toppings including mini MnM’s, candied and roasted almonds, fresh strawberries and buttery whipped cream. The dining companion to my left ordered the tomato-basil soup. To his left was one order for the Wild Pacific Salmon Cakes, deliciously surrounded by a light potato crust with sour cream–chive vinaigrette and topped with shoestring fries and two blades of chives.

Icon Grill Kitchen

He also ordered the fettuccine Alfredo with chicken in a classic made to order Parmesan cream sauce, a hint of nutmeg and seasoned bread crumbs baked on top give it a unique Zephyr twist. On the side, the dish came with fresh basil pesto, Cajun sauce and a ramekin of plum tomato compote to make the dish just how you like it. To his left the last two in our party ordered the stuffed chicken Provencal. Fresh boneless chicken breast, stuffed with herb goat cheese, served with roasted fingerling potatoes and finished with a fresh tomato and basil pesto sauce. A mojito was also enjoyed by one in our party; I assume it was enjoyed as there wasn’t a drop remaining!

Icon Grill Bread Basket

On a return visit, Saturday, 15 November, 2014: We returned to the icon Grill with a good friend visiting from Arlington, Virginia – here for a few days for work – and were not disappointed! To start, we selected the icon Grill Tater Tots ($13), eight handmade russet potato croquettes blended with applewood smoked bacon, smoked cheddar and sour cream, finished with a crisp fried crust and served with a spicy chipotle ranch dipping sauce.

Icon Grill Tater Tots

For our main entrees, my husband chose the Molasses Glazed Meatloaf ($19), an individual loaf of house cured ground beef wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and baked with molasses glaze, served with sweet corn cilantro mashed potatoes and blackstrap gravy.

Icon Grill Meatloaf

Our guest enjoyed the Grilled Wild Salmon ($29) simply grilled over apple-wood and served with lemon butter, rice pilaf and seasonal vegetable.

Icon Grill Salmon

For me, at the recommendation of our server, I selected the Cajun Tiger Shrimp Penne Pasta ($22), jumbo tiger shrimp sautéed with soy, garlic, fresh parsley, honey, tomatoes and Cajun spices, finished with a dollop of sweet cream butter, tossed with penne pasta and served with fresh basil and grilled garlic crostini. “Spicy!”

Icon Grill Cajun Shrimp Penne Pasta

At the end of our meals, we were offered a mini trio of mint chocolate brownie bites. Yum.

Icon Grill Mint Brownie Bite

What I loved: My favorite of the dishes I sampled was the fettuccine Alfredo! I had just a small bite, but it was full of creamy cheese flavor! The tomato-basil soup with Parmesan was slightly spicy, tangy and delicious! Very reminiscent of the old Minnie’s tomato-basil soup. The salmon cakes were some of the best I’ve sampled and most likely due to the flavor and texture of the potato-crusted crispy-ness! The MnM’s and fresh strawberries on the sundae added great texture and sweet-tartness to the palate.

Why I loved it: I love that you can count on the icon Grill for a large helping of dessert when you need it!

Cost: Average to high ($19 – $29 per entree; $10 for a sundae, but a huge one, that feeds five!)

Icon Grill Cajun Shrimp Penne Pasta Close-Up

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