It's been a while since we visited the Weber Grill in Lombard, so when I was offered a chance to review it, I jumped at the chance. While we had visited with our children in the past, I remembered it as being a dark wooded, comfortable, and romantic looking restaurant. Nothing beats a date night with my wife!
Looking at their menu, I didn't recall such an emphasis on wine - there was even a Founder's Menu insert that paired dishes with wines, nice touch. To start, a glass of Domaine Chandon Brut for me (served as a split), while Laima headed off reservation with a Grilled Orange Mojito, interesting variation. Up next for me a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and a new favorite of ours, an Old Vine Zindandel, this one the Klinker Brick. An outstanding wine, especially with Laima's steak.
Artichoke and Spinach Dip with Grilled Onion and Tomato Salsa, and Grilled Pita for dipping -- enough for a meal on its own! Tasty to boot, heavy on the artichoke, which is the way we like it. We also tried the Portobello Mushroom Grill-Fired Pizza, which may have been the biggest surprise of the night and one of my favorites -- another starter big enough for a meal.
Laima went with the Caesar Salad (House Made Caesar Dressing and Shaved Parmesan), a BIG salad, with maybe too much dressing, but still a good choice. My choice was the Grilled Seasonal Vegetable Kabob (Seasonal Market Vegetables), which was a nice vegetarian treat and once again, a lot of food.
Laima ordered from the Founder's Menu, interested in whether the entree and wine pairing worked. With her Aurora Angus, Midwestern Raised Beef Prime NY Strip (18 oz, 28 Days Wet Aged!), she got the La Jota Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley) -- great pairing. Her sides, Parmesan Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus worked well, complementing the meat. I decided to go with Weber’s Veggie Burger, the Black Bean and requested their parmesan fries, not on the dinner menu, but always available. (There are some items on their lunch and bar menus that don't appear on the dinner menu, so ask if you're interested!). The fries and burger were both very good, with only one complaint -- with their amazing pretzel rolls as an appetizer, I wish Weber would switch their burger buns to pretzel rolls. Much better taste and texture, and no crumbling like a regular burger bun.
To give the dessert menu its due, we ordered the Weber's Dessert Trio: Mini Versions of the Chocolate Bundt Cake, Seasonal Crème Brûlée and Grilled Pineapple Foster a la Mode. The smaller portions meant that we got to try a variety and also didn't eat too much, always a good way to end the meal.
If you're in the Western suburbs for shopping, visiting friends, or you're a local looking for a nice dinner, the Weber Grill Restaurant is a good option. Wide variety on the menu, with some vegetarian options and huge portions means you'll be satisfied at dinner and also have at least one meal for the next day. Nice selection of wines might be a surprise, but they clearly are working on making wine a centerpiece of the experience. Multiple servers per table meant someone was always coming by to check on drinks, water, and the food, but it never felt obtrusive.
Weber Grill Restaurant also has locations in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Indianapolis, so check them out if you don't make it to Lombard. Or, order to go -- we've done that in the past and it worked out well.
Don't forget the Kids' Menu -- Weber is one of the few restaurants that includes everything in their meal, including vegetables!
Disclaimer: This meal was comped for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
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