Thursday, March 10, 2011

La Jolla Groves - A healthy alternative

It wasn't a Philly but it was still a pretty tasty steak sandwich.


4801 N University Ave
Ste 610
Provo, UT 84604

Price of Meal:

Steak Sandwich $9.49
Total + tax $10.23


Today we ended up at La Jolla Groves for lunch. It wasn't a place that I would have normally picked for lunch, but I heard they had a cheese steak so I decided to go.

Before I get into the actual review of La Jolla Groves I want to rant for a second and point out that I truly dislike having to go to the Riverwoods for anything. The parking is atrocious, and getting in and out of the place is horrendous. Now with that aside I can talk about my experience at La Jolla Groves.  The first thing of note about the restaurant is that they don't have a sign, so finding it was more challenging than it should have been.  I would have missed it altogether had it not been for the small wooden sign out in front of their bakery shop, even then I had to walk around to find the actual door to the restaurant.

Once I was inside I was seated under a fragrant canopy of leaves and lemons, giving the illusion of being in a grove of lemon trees.  At first I found this to be a bit corny, but by the end of the meal I was starting to like the natural feel the place had to it.

Our waiter was quick to take our order when we were ready, and a basket of fresh rolls were promptly brought to us while we waited for our food. We were given a variety of flavors for the rolls, I would say they were: white, honey wheat, sun roasted tomato and perhaps a pesto flavor roll.  I was able to try all four and I enjoyed them all, each had their own unique taste which brought a broad palate of flavor with them.

My cheese steak turned out to be just a steak sandwich but I was already here so I ordered it anyway.  The steak sandwich had a good portion of thick chunks of grilled steak tenderloin, which were very tender, and lightly marinated. I would have preferred to have had a stronger marinated flavor. The steak was covered in cheese, and topped with garden vegetables and grilled onions. Overall I really enjoyed the flavors of the sandwich, oh and did I mention that my steak was very tender? You can go a long way with just a properly cooked steak.  Even though it wasn't a Philly Cheese Steak, it was a very good steak sandwich, which was complimented by a nice sized salad topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons and a vinaigrette dressing.

My service was exceptional. One of my number one criteria for feeling like I had good service is if I ever had to reach for an empty glass of water.  When I am eating it seems I go through at least 3 or 4 glasses of water a meal, and when my glass is empty I stop eating and get very agitated. For some reason I have to have water with my meal, or else I find it very difficult to eat.  This is probably just me, but it is the main reason why I put it number one on my list.  At La Jolla Groves, I never once reached for an empty glass of water. It has been a very long time since this last occurred.  Besides the water, our waiter was helpful, our food came out in a timely manner (it was pretty busy the day we ate there so that is impressive), my only ding towards the service was that when it was time to pay our bill our waiter seemed to have disappeared, and our bill had to be brought by another server.

Overall my experience with La Jolla Groves was a positive one. The atmosphere was pleasant, the service was exceptional, and my food was good.  My only negative on the day would have been the price. When I go to lunch I expect to pay around $7 bucks for a meal, so being over $10 dollars it exceeds what I consider an average priced lunch meal. They could do with lunch specials that would bring that price into the $7 dollar range.  Now if I were to go there for dinner, the price would be on the low side for what I would expect to pay for dinner at a sit down restaurant. So take it as you will.


Today's Sandwich: 8
Customer Service: 9.5
Overall Satisfaction: 8


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