Yesterday, Dean and I headed north to catch an early dinner (this would actually be called lunch by most people). I had driven by Mesquite Creek on my way to my riding lessons earlier in the week, and a quick check on their website told me that this was the place to try this weekend. Why? The interior shots were very impressive, and I wasn't disappointed when we arrived for our meal.
The first thing that caught my attention was this very attractive menu. It is simply lovely. I wanted to keep it. It looked and felt like leather, and it contained an impressive selection of meal selections. Dean wasn't impressed, though, and I suggested that maybe he could try the dinner menu if he couldn't find anything. He finally settled on the Create Your Own Pasta.
This was the soup of the day. A cream of broccoli-cauliflower cheese soup with potatoes, chicken, and celery. The chicken had an unpleasant chewy texture, but the rest of the soup was quite tasty. Dean ordered the 3 bean chili, and he let me try it. It was delicious, and I'll get that the next time, if it's available.
Here is the house salad, with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I am not a big salad person, so this plate of chopped up lettuce was lost on me. The dressing was tangy, the tomatoes were firm and flavorful. I didn't like the large croutons, as they hurt my teeth, but the cheese was good.
I loved the presentation of the bread basket. The bread was very tasty, too.
Here is my dinner - Shrimp pasta in a pesto sauce. Let me say one word about this - Yum! They were a little stingy with the sun dried tomatoes, but otherwise, what a wonderful dish. Not overpowering, just very pleasantly presented. I would order this again. It was the special of the day, so I don't know if I'll be able to.
A word about Dean's meal. He ordered penne with a tomato sauce, plus chicken and shrimp. When it arrived, it was minus the shrimp. He was a little put out that his shrimp wasn't there, and because business wasn't exactly booming, the server kind of disappeared. Dean finally had to get up and go in search of him. They were very apologetic about the error, brought him out a kabob of jumbo shrimp, and gave us dessert on the house. Wow! That's the best customer service we've experienced in forever. We will definitely eat here again.
My dessert - the tuxedo. OMG! So good!!!! Dark chocolate cake, chocolate cream, more delectable cake, and more yummy cream, all surrounded by chocolate and rolled in chocolate shavings. OMG!!! There were about four desserts that I would have ordered with no problem. They get an A+ in the dessert department.
Dean ordered the raspberry mousse. I was too stuffed to try it, but he appreciated its fatty calorie content.
When you first enter the restaurant, there is an inviting fireplace to capture your attention. Since it was rather chilly when we visited, I could hardly wait to check it out. Do you like my hand made skirt?? I made it last week while I dreamed of finding a good place to wear it to.
The interior walls have these lovely stones. I thought the decor was very striking, with the stonework and the dark wood paneling. There were large murals of outdoor scenes on the walls, too. Thumbs up here, too.
I always make friends when we go out to eat. This is my new buddy, Mr Moose. He doesn't get around much, because he's painted on a vase, but he didn't mind my company.
Look at the pretty blue glass! I loved the interior of Mesquite Grill and can't help but gush about it.
Comfy overstuffed chairs for those long waits for a table. We didn't have that problem, but I tested out the chairs anyway.
This is the coolest fountain I've seen in a long time. The water pours out of the spouts into the pot beneath it - there were about seven pots. I carefully perched on the bottom one, trying not to get my new skirt damp.
Look! Indians and horses! Gotta love that! I don't know why they were threatening me with spears, though.
This guy was a little more laid back, even if his cows kept him busy. Rounding up all of those moo-moos must have been tough work - no wonder he stopped in for a quick bite to eat.
This was a great meal, and if we lived closer, we would be stopping here regularly. Good service, reasonable prices, pleasant surroundings.