We in Westmoreland County have always suffered from a dearth of solid, non-boring restaurants. Seriously - we live in Ligonier, and there isn't much of culinary note out in these parts. Until now! Tonight, we discovered the Spitfire Grill in Greensburg, and we're awfully pleased.
Located on Broad Street in south Greensburg, Spitfire is in a low-slung brick building. It looks inviting from the outside, the interior is simple with nice lighting and a pleasantly clean feel. I didn't study the wine list but it looked of good range, and there were at least 5 each of red and white wines by the glass. I tried a Viognier and a dryish Riesling – both were pleasant. Dean had a Brooklyn Brown Ale (on tap).
We tried tonight's sushi roll special – spicy crab, pineapple, and avocado roll. It was not terribly spicy and the pineapple was a tad overwhelmed by the avocado, but it was fresh and tasty and handsomely presented with pickled ginger and a veritable planet-sized ball of wasabi. They presented it with chopsticks and the usual little dish for soy sauce – nice touch for a non-sushi restaurant.
Next, we dug into the pear and roasted beet carpaccio salad. Cute presentation – dressed arugula leaves were hidden in a little dome of beet slices. It was pleasant (if a little innocuous), with no element a standout. The nuts (hazelnuts, I think) added a nice crunch.
We tried the crabcakes, which were made with little binder and had nice flavor. They were served on a bed of julienned vegetables (zucchini, carrots, maybe green pepper) that was well-seasoned and buttery. The remoulade sauce was tasty, but the original portion on the plate was a little skimpy. We had to ask for additional sauce so we had enough to dab on each bite of the crabcake.
We finished up with decaf coffee, a Sandemans tawny port and the dutch apple fritters. Thick slices of apple dipped in a beignet-type batter and fried, then served with ice cream and a butter rum sauce, the fritters were quite good. My only complaint is that the apple slices were too thick to soften enough during their frying, so the texture was very firm and required quite a bit of wrangling with the spoon to cut them. I'll bet a short roast of the apples before making the fritters would enhance both flavor and texture. Coffee was smooth and very good (they serve La Prima Espresso coffees).
Service is friendly, efficient and not overbearing. It has some bumps – we had to ask for forks at one point, as they'd been taken away and not replaced – but the general staff attentiveness made this a minor inconvenience.
Friendly, low-key atmosphere and some of the best-executed dishes in these parts make the Spitfire Grill a winner for us. We're going to head there for the next Steelers game to sit at the long bar and enjoy the drink and $5 white pizza specials. And there is a great looking patio on one side (so this is truly a place for all seasons).
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