Sometimes we forget about the “staple” restaurants that have been around for a while – and then one day you revisit one and are pleasantly surprised. Then, you visit a second time when you find out that they have a new brunch menu. So, after two really great visits, Stella Grill needs a Heartbeat Nosh shout out.
Stella is owned and operated by the same folks running Desert Edge Brewery and Red Butte Cafe – both of which have also been successfully dishing out fresh food in Salt Lake City for years. Stella is in the heart of Murray – which is a little more out of the way for the downtown crowd – but for us, it brings a little bit of downtown closer to home. And by that I mean, decent local food, great service, and a bar. But wait – there’s more. Now, there is BRUNCH!
We headed to Stella for dinner a few weeks ago for the first time in a couple of years. We started with the Balsamic Glazed NY Strip Skewers – with roasted pepper coulis and pesto drizzle ($8.00) and they were amazing. Super tender, perfectly cooked, with an amazing glaze. Great way to start the meal. For dinner, I ordered the Salmon Salad – green, golden beets, white bean salad, feta, pepitas, capers, cumin citronetts ($12.95) and Russ ordered the Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad – greens, avocado, jicama, tomato, corn & black bean salsa, queso, pepitas, cilantro, blue corn tortilla strips ($10.95). Both were impeccably fresh and had a great flavor. The salmon was cooked and seasoned wonderfully; the chicken moist and tender.
The salads were also portioned very well – and check out that price point – killer for dinner. The wine and local beer selection were also appreciated and we had a super nice evening out — close to home. On our way out the door, we noticed a sign saying that Stella was now serving Saturday and Sunday brunch. And let’s be honest – when someone mentions brunch, I remember. Brunch is what keeps this girl going.
So, let’s talk about brunch, shall we? Our options in the Murray area are few and far between – mostly littered with Diners (which totally have their place, but usually after a night that involves one too many cocktails – which really doesn’t happen much anymore). So, not many places in our ‘hood’ offer of a mean eggs bennie. Until now! The brunch that we had a Stella was probably one of the best we had experienced in a while. It was super fresh, light – but filling, and satisfyingly tasty.
I ordered the Tomato, Arugula, and Avocado Bennie ($9.75) without the English Muffin (watching the carbs, friends) but couldn’t resist the cheesy grits (they were SO good). I might have thought about licking my plate clean – no, but really, I am not kidding. The six difference types of Bennies offer two different kinds of hollandiase – lemon or chipotle. I went with the lemon and I am glad I did – it was a perfect complement to the velvety eggs and fresh veggies. Russ ordered the Ranchero Style with Chile Relleno, Eggs, Black Beans, Tortillas ($9.50) and the highlight of that dish was definitely the sauce that had just enough kick. The chile relleno was great and not at all soggy.
Folks, the brunch – it was good. 🙂
I am really happy we re-visited Stella Grill; it is now back in our arsenal and we very well might become regulars! Make sure to check them out for brunch, bright and early, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday AND Sunday. And, if you haven’t visited for dinner in a while, it might be time to give Stella another try.
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