What comes to mind when you think of Downtown Provo? I have mixed feelings about the direction of the redevelopment downtown (I wish it was more of a restoration of the historic feeling instead of so many tall buildings taking us into a mini-Salt Lake vibe), but I do love all the fantastic restaurants that have been establishing themselves. There are some really good ones including my new favorite Old Towne Grill.
Old Towne Grill is located inside The Madison, a multi-level dance club on Center Street…but don’t let that deter you. Old Towne Grill has a quaint, welcoming feeling to it with its mismatched chairs and dinnerware. The two dining areas are relatively small, but in warmer weather, they also feature outdoor seating. We were warmly greeted by a hostess as we walked in the main door and seated immediately.
The menu is attached to a rustic board, which is fun, and features lots of tantalizing options. They tout their food as “Inspired American Grub”, which includes sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, pastas, and more. So many foods stood out as delicious choices, but Mr. Diner & I decided to stick to the “Dinner for Two” for $24.95, which limited our choices a little, but not by much. Dinner for Two includes one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert – a great deal.
I wanted to order the Flash-Fried Artichokes as an appetizer, but not really Mr. Diner’s style. Instead we opted for the Center Street Tacos.
The Center Street Tacos ($7.50) include your choice of meat (beef, pork, or chicken), with onions, cilantro, & cilantro chili lime sauce with a slaw and black beans with blue cheese crumbles served on the side. We ordered two pork and two chicken at the recommendation of our server. The chicken was a bit dry, but the pulled pork tacos were wonderful and the cilantro chili lime sauce was the perfect sauce for these!
Mr. Diner was torn between the ABC Burger & the Jalapeño Burger, but ultimately decided to go the spicy route. The Jalapeño Burger ($9.00) is a gigantic half-pound burger (see that knife? you’ll need it!) topped with pepper jack cheese, fried jalapenos, a little red onion, lettuce, tomatoes, & chipotle mayonnaise on a wonderfully light and toasty bun. The burger was spicy, but delicious. Sandwiches & burgers are served with your choice of fries, sweet potato fries, salad, or soup. Can I say that the fries here are a-mazing? They have the perfect amount of garlic and are just addicting?
You can get ketchup or their signature fry sauce, Madison Sauce, on the side. Madison Sauce is quite different from your typical Utah fry sauce. It has a cumin flavor to it which I loved, but keep that in mind in case you don’t love cumin.
I had so many things I wanted to try. At the top of the list was the Chicken Roulade ($12.00), but the server said it takes thirty minutes to make. Since we were catching a movie, I left that for another time.
I opted for the Madison Chicken Sandwich ($9.00), which won a Best of the Taste of the Valley award in 2012. It features a piece of grilled chicken on a soft ciabatta roll with roasted red peppers, avocado, pepper jack cheese, green chilies, & chipotle mayonnaise. The ciabatta roll was toasty warm, which I think shows great attention to detail on a cold sandwich. The flavors were fantastic, but all the fillings kept wanting to fall out every time a took a bite, so it was quite messy.
For my side I chose their soup of the day, Cream of Zucchini. I’ve never had or even thought about Cream of Zucchini soup before, but I should have! It was deliciously creamy with a little cheese and a hint of spiciness (probably jalapeño). Loved it!
We got our dessert in a to-go box: the Brownie ($6.00) served with ice cream. It was decadently fudgy with lots of chocolate chunks. Definitely a good brownie.
The service was good, but this is a slower dining experience, so leave plenty of time to enjoy it. I didn’t notice a kids menu and would probably only take my well-behaved children here. We loved Old Towne Grill and definitely recommend it! You can make a reservation through Open Table. Right now, you can also print a coupon from ValPak for a free dessert with purchase! Also available through Feb. 28, 2013, you can get $30 in gift certificates by mail for only $15 from FunSaver.
Old Towne Grill
295 West Center Street
Provo, UT 84601
Entrée Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 4.3
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4.5