Report Card: Polaris Grill

Polaris Grill

Polaris Grill

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http://polarisgrill.com/

Overall GrubGrade B-

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  We were admittedly a little flummoxed by the atmosphere at Polaris Grill.  We had stopped by for a lunch service, and the place was doing brisk business.  The crowd appeared to be on the older side, which was a little surprising.  Polaris Grill had nice table spacing and it wasn’t too loud, although there was some background noise.  Décor, both inside and outside, is nice but uninspiring.  We were expecting a slightly more upscale feel, but that wasn’t the case.  We’re not sure if that’s because we’ve been to so many really nice places, or if Polaris Grill is on the downslide.

High marks:  Clean, well-spaced dining area

Low marks:   Slightly noisy, not as upscale as expected

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Service:  Grade B:  Our server was energetic and friendly.  Plus, service was accurate and timely.  There was just absolutely nothing memorable about the service.  Our server did comment that we both made good choices on our entrees, but we would honestly be shocked if we ordered a dish and our server confided that the selected dish was basically low grade dog food.  Not that we wouldn’t appreciate that level of honesty, but we can’t imagine a server holding their job for too long with that amount of honesty.  Again, we walked in feeling like we were about to have an upscale experience but got more of a TGIFridays type of experience.  The grade of “B” is because there were no glaring issues with the service, but even that grade may be a little generous.

High marks:  Accurate and timely

Low marks:   Not memorable at all

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B-:  Think of some of your favorite dishes from your favorite restaurants.  Got ‘em?  Okay, no imagine instead of your favorite eatery supplying the food, your crazy grandma with the hairy chin mole cooks them instead.  Granny may know her way around the kitchen, but you know it just isn’t going to be as good.  That sums up Polaris Grill.  The food is good, just not as good as a lot of other places.  We ordered the Cajun shrimp for an appetizer.  It was somewhat similar to Bang Bang Shrimp (from Bonefish Grill) but not nearly as good.  The sauce had more sweet than heat, which was okay but just didn’t come off as too Cajun.  For her entrée, Katina ordered the NY style pizza.  It was simple and basic.  The pizza needed more sauce and for that sauce to be a little less bland than the one that was on the pizza.  You could get a much better pizza at Winking Lizard.  I settled on the jambalaya.  Overall, the dish was decent.  The flavor was pretty mild for jambalaya, with the sauce having virtually no heat to it.  Also, I like my veggies in my jambalaya to be a little more finely diced than the boulder sized ingredients in the jambalaya at Polaris Grill.  The ingredients were also out of balance, with an overabundance of celery and onions and almost no peppers.

High marks:  All the dishes were okay   

Low marks:  None of the dishes were spectacular

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Value:  Grade C+:  We didn’t have to skip paying any of our monthly bills after eating at Polaris Grill, but the value grade here is more indicative of a lack of the premium quality one would expect with the size of our lunch bill.  Maybe it was an off day.  While we aren’t comfortable advising you to skip Polaris Grill, there are a whole bunch of better places to eat right in the same area, so dine at your own discretion.

High marks:   Decent portion size

Low marks:   Sub-premium quality for a slightly premium price

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