Finally got the opportunity to sit down with friends/family to a dinner at the Blackiron Grill last night.
We ordered: the chicken with steamed vegetables, the Macaroni and cheese, flatbread and meat/cheese plate appetizer, fowl pie, fries, the pesto, and numerous mixed drinks, pints, and a bottle of Moscato from the bar.
Seven of us sat down for the meal and everyone was more than pleased with their dish (and sampled from everyone else's plate). The portions were large enough that everyone went home with leftovers.
A few highlights (and notes):
- the House Salad was the best use of Brussels sprout I have ever tasted; unlike anything else any restaurant in Miles City is serving. The apricot cheese, squash, candied onions... all of it was perfectly balanced.
- the Muenster cheese and imported raspberry Parmesan on the cheese/meat tray was excellent (and most everyone at the table fought over it).
- the fries are made in-house, and again, were unlike any fries any other restaurant is serving locally.
- and that might really be the prime highlight for us: while we enjoyed the flavors of the familiar and some definitely new and unfamiliar; what made the evening was the opportunity to enjoy food that isn't usually available locally. All of the dishes were obviously prepared and crafted (definitely NOT standard Food Services dishes, or the pre-boxed Olive Garden spreads, nor the prepped food of Applebee's) in the kitchen. This was most definitely REAL FOOD, minimal preservatives, each dish made fresh at the time of order. The uniqueness and "real" quality was a big selling point for us.
[If I want a steak, I know which restaurant in town I prefer to cook that medium-rare steak; if I'm after soup I know where I'm going (hamburger-mac from the 600 or 4B's tomato); if I want garlic mashed potatoes, I'm off to the Rib & Chop House. I commend Blackiron for giving me numerous options that, up until now, were not available in Miles City.]
- the atmosphere was a definite plus. The restaurant was very full when we sat down, but laid out so we could still have great conversation without having to raise our voices. Further, if my spouse and I want a nice dinner where we can visit without yelling across the table and without the children, we will definitely be making a reservation. There are quite a few restaurants in town were it is nigh impossible to have pleasant conversation below a "Yell" in the dining area.
- and the desserts were rich, flavorful, and beautifully presented.
With seven different tastes at the table, we were all very pleased at the end of the meal (and looking forward to lunch leftovers today). Miles City's steakhouses and current restaurant offerings are great, and the Blackiron adds more menu selections to our existing options. Kudos for branching out!
[This message has been edited by Hannah Nash (12/27/2013)]