Eighteen Ninety Grille
Standards for dining on the historic Hood County Courthouse square have been significantly elevated since chef Michael Watkins took over the kitchen at this lovely retreat. Wrapped in warmth by 1880s-era stone walls, the setting feels right for celebrating an event or just enjoying a weeknight dinner. We’re fond of the pan-seared ahi tuna, a long plate of arugula, radish, tomato, and avocado topped with thin slices of seared fish crusted in sesame seeds and cracked pepper, with a soy-ginger treatment; we also like the beautiful green salad topped with heirloom tomatoes, shallots, chives, feta, and charred-onion vinaigrette. A prime bone-in pork chop, grilled and laced with smoked Asian pear chutney, is irresistible, and the expertly cooked Chilean sea bass, crowned with a relish of grape tomatoes, basil, and garlic, becomes a bit sinful with a lush pillow of jalapeño-cheddar grits. On busy nights, waiting for a table is enjoyable in the new downstairs lounge.
Cuisine: New American