Restaurant Reviews: Portobello’s Grill (Baton Rouge, LA)
Portobello’s Grill has 2 Locations in Baton Rouge. We visited the Location in Bocage Shopping center on the corner of Jefferson and Old Hammond Hwy. Portoballo’s Defines themselves as “Polished Casual” and their food as A classic American grill with an Italian influence. We think this description is pretty close to accurate. Menu has a wide variety of dishes that does lean heavily towards Italian food. Servers were well dressed, very attentive and friendly.
We Sampled 3 dishes this time. the first was the Gala Salad, with Salmon substituted for the chicken. The salad comes with Fresh Field Greens, Diced Apples, Gorgonzola Cheese crumbles tosses in a apple pecan Vinaigrette. Salad was very fresh. Salmon was cooked to order (medium-rare) perfectly. the blue cheese paired wonderfully with the dressing, and the diced apples fortified the apple flavor through out the salad. Portion of fish was very generous. Excellent salad!!
Next up was the Blackened Chicken Penne. Blackened strips of chicken breast, Crispy Pancetta (Italian bacon), Spinach, sauteed Mushrooms all Simmered in an Alfredo sauce then tossed with Penne pasta. this dish was bursting with flavor. Chicken was tender and in ample supply. Sauce was homemade no doubt. And of course you can never go wrong with Bacon of any kind!! The Pancetta was a welcome change of pace from regular american bacon. slightly thicker and had a kick of salt. the fresh Spinach tied the dish together making a great marriage between all of the ingredients. This dish may be a tad heavy for lunch, but makes an awesome dinner selection!
We Wrapped up our experience with the BBQ Chicken Sandwich. This great sandwich is stacked with 2 large pieces of blackened chicken breast. Applewood smoked bacon, Peperjack cheese, Onion rings, Honey Dijon Mustard, and a Chianti-Garlic BBQ sauce. Also topped with fresh lettuce and tomato. It may sound like flavor overload with the extensive list of toppings,, but it is not. Everything is portioned in just the right amount and all of the flavors are actually needed to make this sandwich complete. You get the layers of flavor effect very much!! We highly recommend trying this dish for lunch or dinner!
Portobello’s Grill has their act together for sure! We had a top notch experience from start to finish. We are confident in sending our readers to this fine establishment for a great meal and overall dining experience.