Tantalizing Cuisine for All Seasons and Reasons
Tucked within the Clayton Clarkson Center is a restaurant for all seasons and reasons. Walnut Grill welcomes its customers and provides the proper dining experience for elegant special occasions, meet and greets among friends–to catch the game and sample one of over 30 craft beers on tap–or casual family dining. WG also has private dining available to intimately celebrate that big event or to entertain in a professional business setting.
Founder, Kirk Vogel, started Walnut grill and has five locations in Pittsburgh–opening this location, with brother Eric Vogel; their goal was to establish a restaurant that would fit the Chesterfield/Ellisville area providing unique dining and entertainment opportunities. Eric has over 15 years in the restaurant business working for two famous restaurant families–Gittos of St. Louis and Garozzos, the famous Italian restaurant group in Kansas City–two stalwarts in the food and hospitality industry.
Entering Walnut Grill, it’s easy to see availability of different dining experiences and seating choices. Comfortable outdoor dining for beautiful evenings in spring, summer and fall blend into an open, comfortable bar area with plenty of seating and mingling areas providing a continual view of the game on large screen TVs.
Customers are met by welcoming hostesses to help them find the proper table and the ambiance desired. Within the dining area you find a great choice of seating– tables, booths, larger areas for bigger parties and a private room available for special events. The service staff is a loyal group that makes you feel welcome and does their best to provide hospitality you want and deserve.
We recently stopped in for a weekend dinner with family and were pleasantly surprised with the diverse age groups dining and enjoying themselves.
The menu is beautifully presented and explained by the server. The offerings of drinks, appetizers, small plates and flatbreads, entrees, sandwiches and desserts are artfully organized and descriptive. The many options would first lend itself to the thought that you can’t be all things to all people, yet the WG has certainly created quality choices for any and all appetites. The staff is very informed and helpful; with our server, JR, we sought out that “what’s your something special” on this menu. We were told of the family recipe for the Stuffed Banana Peppers appetizer. That piqued our interest and we decided to try them out!
The stuffed banana peppers are outstanding, oven roasted with a combination of cheese and sausage stuffing, smothered in homemade marinara and parmesan cheese. The pork wings; do pigs fly? No, they are from the shank, a single bone surrounded by lean, tender meat. They are tender, delectable and served with delicious sweet, slightly spicy, chili sauce.
The main menu for us consisted of Cedar Plank Salmon, a satisfying portion with an apricot glaze and a sundried cranberry-almond-gorgonzola relish; the presentation of the salmon on top of the cedar plank made this a very inviting dish. The wild mushroom chicken is chicken smothered in wild mushroom cream sauce. The three types of mushrooms used are fused with cream sauce and chicken to make comfort food you will rave about.
Pumpkin ravioli with chicken is a generous portion of grilled chicken served over a saute’ of spinach and asparagus tips in a lemon butter-garlic sauce, tossed with the al dente pumpkin ravioli for a perfect seasonal entrée. Tuna Tacos were the perfect choice for the lighter appetite; three small flour tortillas filled with Ahi tuna, seared rare, topped with avocado and delicious pickled slaw, make this a light, healthy, tasty choice. The caramelized walnut salad was a great side choice, consisting of field greens, caramelized walnut pieces, sliced pears, sun-dried cranberries, goat cheese and the balsamic vinaigrette served smartly on the side. A wide variety of side dishes allow for many choices.
The unique dessert menu will catch you by surprise. The caramelized Walnut Bowl is a tremendous hit; a single scoop of ice cream rolled in caramelized walnuts, served with caramel and chocolate sauce, truly is “something special.” Which brings up a theme point, The Walnut Grill weaves the walnut theme throughout the menu even including it in the night cap, Chocolate Walnut-tini.
Walnut Grill is a local treasure, centrally located for all of Chesterfield, easy to access, abundant parking; you will find it a restaurant for all seasons and for many reasons.