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Market Grille - Manchester, CT


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Market Grille - Manchester, CT

jcanino | Sep 24, 2012 05:21 AM

We did a drive by yesterday after a movie to see if by chance it was open. Grand opening is Tuesday but they were accepting guests, working out the kinks. We elected to sit at the bar to take advantage of the best view from a restaurant in Manchester. They also have a patio off of the bar as well. The bartenders were excited to tell us about their concept of all American. Want a Grey Goose? They don't carry it. Want a Margarita with Patron? Nope. Every offering behind the bar is from the US (including the Virgin Islands). They offer at least a half dozen infused liquors and are planning on seasonal drink specials. I had a Margarita with jalapeno and chipotle infused tequila. It was delicious. One of the bartenders let us try some of their apple infused bourbon which was good enough to drink straight.

There are a lot of small plates available as well as a variety of salads, pasta dishes, meat and seafood entrees. We started with a soft pretzel to munch on as we perused the menu. It came out with a small cup of mustard as well as an apple butter/puree sort of dipping sauce. Very tasty. I decided to go with the Three Meat Ragout over broccoli rabe. It came with a fair amount of shaved parmesan cheese as well as a dollop of ricotta. At first I thought there was a little too much broccoli rabe but turned out it was just enough. My wife had the Jambalaya which she said had a nice kick of spiciness to it. One of the managers came over as we were at the bar and another talked to us as we left. They will do very well in this old Hops location and we will be back to try even more of their offerings.

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