Dining In and Out: Grille 26
One young foodie explores the local restaurant scene, bringing quality cuisine into your kitchen, sans doggie bag.
By Kaylyn Deiter
Though its name speaks to its location on 26th and Western, Grille 26 is more than just a number in the Sioux Falls restaurant scene. Owned by the same company that runs Minerva’s, Grille 26 serves up home-style food with a professional flair. It’s a neighborhood restaurant with a decidedly metropolitan atmosphere.
“The general feeling we want to give people is that of a neighborhood place,” dining room manager Ryan Van Roekel said. “We’re more business casual, but we do have a really eclectic menu that people love for special occasions.”
One of the best things about Grille 26 is its commitment to quality—this is high end food minus the snobbish attitude that so often accompanies that mindset. It’s a restaurant built on passion and primed to serve anyone who walks through its double doors. Grille 26 is truly a neighborhood gathering place with hospitality at its core.
Speaking of doors, the ones that open into Grille 26 reveal an airy floor plan steeped in a soft golden glow, courtesy of both the lights and wooden accents. Pops of green complement the brightly lit interior, while a well-stocked bar area gives way to more intimate seating in the form of booths and small tables. It’s contemporary while still remaining cozy.
“The reputation of Grille is one of celebration,” Van Roekel said. “We want people to have a really good sit-down meal and the overall energy to be really happy and enjoyable for them.”
And we haven’t even gotten to the food yet. Grille 26 preserves that Minerva’s-style quality while making high-end dining accessible for the masses. What I mean is, yes, they serve mac & cheese, but this isn’t your typical box of Kraft (though I do love some good Kraft mac & cheese). Instead Grille 26’s mac & cheese is a combination of three different pastas, all made in house, mixed with a heavenly blend of white cheddar, fontina and gorgonzola cheese. It’s an upscale spin on a classic, something this restaurant does like no other.
More high quality options litter the menu, from the famous honey almond chicken penne and brick oven salmon to the NY strip Michael and creme brulee, but its Grille 26’s commitment to quality service that pushes this neighborhood favorite over the top.
“From special occasions to just going out to eat with friends, our restaurant is all about making sure people have a great time, that they really enjoy their experience,” Van Roekel said. “It’s a welcoming atmosphere that people want to come back to again and again.”
Three reasons to eat at Grille 26:
- Homey atmosphere
- Diverse menu
- Excellent service
Though Grille 26 is known for its hospitality, what’s more hospitable than your own home? Try out this simple roasted potatoes recipe courtesy of Jana Hurley, of Aberdeen. It’s the perfect side dish for your next steak dinner a la Grille 26.
- 1 ½ lb new potatoes, cut into quarters
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Place potatoes in a mixing bowl
- Sprinkle on salt and pepper
- Add olive oil, rosemary and garlic
- Toss until potatoes are well coated
- Spread potatoes out on a baking pan
- Roast for 40 minutes or until potatoes are browned
Once they were done, we enjoyed these roasted potatoes along with steaks and fresh green beans. A restaurant-quality meal that won’t break the bank.
Three reasons to enjoy Grille 26 at home:
- Avoid the battle to find a parking spot.
- Feel accomplished by conquering steak on your own.
- Avoid the temptation of one of Grille’s delectable desserts.
Neighborhood friendliness is a major selling point for Grille 26, as is homestyle food with a high-end flair. Take one of their best dishes home by cooking up some steak, potatoes and veggies. This is one dinner you’ll want to share with everyone.