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Parkway Grill Dessert

Tom P | Jul 19, 2004 06:00 PM

The SO and I went to PARKWAY GRILL in Pasadena Saturday night and had a wonderful meal. The service, in particular, was outstanding.

He started with the lobster-stuffed cocoa crepe. He liked it, I loved it. It is an odd, very original taste, yet the combo of cocoa and lobster works surprisingly well. If you ever get this, I would suggest having it with a glass of champagne, the perfect compliment to this dish. I ordered the house pizza, having been told their pizza was top notch. It was fine, but nothing outstanding. (The waitress tried to get me to order the flat bread instead – I should have listened.)

For entrées, he ordered the salmon, which came with an apricot glaze. A true salmon fanatic, he liked it quite a bit, though being a bit of a salmon purist, he wasn’t sure about the sweet glaze. I had the New York Strip with roasted root vegetables. We both thought it was one of the best steaks we have ever had, and we order them quite a bit. We are both fans of ARROYO CHOP HOUSE, which shares the Parkway parking lot (same owners) and we thought the Parkway Grill steak was even better than at Arroyo.

The masterpieces, however, came at dessert. He ordered the homemade S’mores. Oh My. They were amazing. Rich and luscious, with perfectly browned marshmallow and decadent chocolate inside. And as mind blowing as the S’mores were, they were surpassed by our other dessert, a special: homemade blueberry pie. All I can say is, if you are a fan of blueberries, run, don’t walk, to Parkway. It was an individual pie, quite large, with the flakiest, tastiest crust imaginable. The inside was not gooey or icky sweet as are many fruit pies. It tasted of sweet-tart blueberry with hints of lemon and other spices, and was served with ice cream. We seriously considered ordering another one, it was that good. But we were bloated beyond belief.

All in all, an excellent dinner. But the desserts lifted it into the stratosphere.

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