If you’re in the mood for steak, but she likes sushi, Grille 54 in Trinity is for you.
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, this Ruskin dining and drinking establishment mixes casual class with delicious dining. Best of all, the bar is open for late night fun and features sixteen draft beers, cocktail specials and 100 global boutique wines for the serious enophile from Duckhorn to Caymus.
Chat with the convivial staff or enjoy sports on one of the six 50” plasma TVs in the full service bar. Happy hour is seven days a week from opening till 6 p.m., showcasing two-for-one premium wells, $1 off draft beers and $3 house wines.
The specialty drinks show off the mixologists’ talents, from the Caipirinha to the Long Island miniskirt made with Stoli Strasberi vodka, Bacardi Big Apple rum, Patron Citronge, Tanquery Rangpur Gin, Patron Silver Tequila, sour and a splash of cranberry. Heady stuff.
Martinis strut their stuff, especially the Grey Goose pear martini, Chocolate Explosion (chocolate vodka with white and dark Godiva chocolate liqueur) and a Stoli Blueberry and Blueberry Shnapps martini, a dessert in a glass. Equally impressive is the international beer menu—Brooklyn Brown Ale, Delerium Tremens, Stella, Dog Fishhead IPA and Peroni.
But it’s the Italian grill, steak and sushi that are the Academy Award winners at Grille 54. Start off with garlicky spinach parmesan bread, grilled bacon-wrapped scallops, beef carpaccio or Maryland style crabcakes, followed by a Caprese salad or heavenly crab bisque. The signature 54 salad melds field greens, goat chees, red peppers, Mandarin oranges, red onions and mashed pine nuts, topped with a subtle raspberry vinaigrette.
The flavor of the wood grill infuses the salmon, mahi and sea bass, Kobe burger, filet mignon and NY Strip steak, and even though all the entrees come with vegetables and one side, you might want to consider adding the premium side of risotto, lobster mac and cheese or gorgonzola au gratin potatoes. All your favorite Italian dishes are on the menu (chicken parmesan or marsala, lasagna, shrimp scampi) but you can’t find lobster risotto or saltimbocca di pollo this good anywhere else.
And the sashimi and sushi? Specialty rolls rock, especially the Hard Rock (fried scallop, cream cheese, tempura onion, cucumber roll topped with avocado, spicy mayo and eell sauce), General Tsao Chicken roll, and the Good Karma (tuna, salmon, shrimp, cucumber, avocado and smelt roe). Unusual apps include the ginger salad, lobster Rangoon and Peking duck wings served with wasabi aioli and chili sauce.
Even ankle biters get a gourmet menu, featuring the traditional bambino spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli as well as burger sliders, chicken parmesan and fettucini Alfredo.
Specials during the week feature all you can eat crab legs Monday, sushi and two-for-one drink specials Tuesday, Ladies Night Wednesday plus $5 appetizers, $4 You-Call-It Thursday, and late night appetizer specials Friday and Saturday starting at 10 p.m. coupled with Top Shelf drink specials. On the last Wednesday of every month, Ladies Night heats up with raffles for $300 shoes, Grey Goose bottle or a table for you and five of your friends.
Sunday supper serves up tender prime rib for $14.95 and $2 domestic drafts all day, and Hospitality Night takes over, with 25% off industry cuties and from 10-11 p.m., free drinks at the bar (house wines, wells and draft).