I’ve been hearing about Molly’s since before it opened when a friend of the owners gave me a brochure for their catering company (Marvellous Catering) and told me about the new restaurant that was about to open. Flash forward three years and we finally stopped in to try it! What took us so long? Mostly the fact that they were only open for weekday lunches until recently. Now they are also open for dinner on Fridays, which is when we took the opportunity to go.
Molly’s has gotten rave reviews from almost everyone who’s been there. I certainly have not talked to anyone in person who hasn’t liked it, although there are a few number of negative online reviews. It’s a little underwhelming when you walk in…it’s cafeteria-style service and the décor feels dated, but the food is what counts, right?
There’s a big menu on the wall to peruse while you wait in line (and, yes, there is usually a line). I actually wish they would have little signs on the clear glass in front of the food or another menu board behind the servers so you didn’t have to refer to the one on the side (a little awkward). It would also be more appealing to see the food instead of having it covered, but I’m sure the covered option is more hygienic, right?
The options are comfort food favorites like Beef Brisket, French Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie, etc. with a choice of sides and bread. Just tell the server behind the counter what you’d like and they’ll load up your plate (except for the bread…help yourself to whatever suits your fancy)…oh, and don’t forget to ask for dessert, too!
There isn’t a kids’ menu, but they will serve up a kids portion of whatever your little tyke desires. At lunch, they do offer macaroni & cheese, too.
Marbled Beef Brisket with Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, & White Artisan Bread ($8.95)– Tender & juicy smoked brisket with great flavor. Two types of barbecue sauce are located at every table. We found both to be delicious. The mashed potatoes are delicious and the beans are a thick mixture of multiple kinds of beans.
Lean Beef Brisket with Dutch Oven Spuds, Spinach Salad, & Cheddar Biscuit ($8.95)– This beef brisket is leaner than the marbled with plenty of flavor, but not quite as juicy. The red potatoes have cubed ham and cheddar cheese and are good, but no better than some I’ve had at home. The spinach salad features a mix of spinach and other greens, strawberries, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and cheese with a delicious light dressing.
Potato Corn Chowder with White Artisan Bread ($2.95)– Deliciously creamy with sweet white corn kernels that seemed so fresh they could be right off the cob!
Kids Grilled Chicken with Baked Beans & Cheddar Biscuit – Simple, but delicious smaller portion for kids. Other chicken options (French or Smoked) are both on the bone, so this is a good one for kids. The Cheddar Biscuit is reminiscent of Red Lobster’s, but less garlicky.
Carrot Cake ($2)– Very moist with lots of shredded carrots, nuts, and coconut and topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting.
Raspberry Bread Pudding ($2.50)– A really great bread pudding loaded with fresh raspberry flavor and drenched in white chocolate sauce. I think I could eat this every day.
Cookie ($1.50) – Not sure what this cookie was called, but is was a peanut butter cookie with chocolate chunks and a caramel ribbon. It was perfectly delicious!
Molly’s is a pretty simple place with good, homestyle cooking. Some options were very good; others were good, but just as good as we make at home. Nothing that we tried wasn’t tasty, though, and the desserts were fantastic! The prices are reasonable and the portions are, too. I’ve heard rave reviews about the Tomato Basil Pie and French Chicken, not to mention the Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake, so I might have to do some further investigating. I don’t think my family would mind.
If you’re planning to go to Molly’s, check the hours to make sure they’re open and plan to arrive early so you can get a seat. The dining room is a bit crowded, but they do have outdoor seating, as well…and the weather for it is perfect right now!
753 W Columbia Ln
Provo, UT 84604
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 2 pm
Friday, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Entrée Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 4.2
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4.5