Ate at the Moonshine Grill on Friday night; overall, it earned a solid grade of “B+” from me, but didn’t score as well with Krista.
Atmosphere: The layout is like it was when it was the Macaroni Grill – one large, cavernous room. Great visuals, but when you’re eating, it just seems a bit too…open. Maybe a few partitions strategically placed might make it seem a bit more cozy? Not tall partitions – maybe even just waist-high. Best feature for me was the mini-bison perched on top of the fireplace!
The overhead music wasn’t quite right – some modern pop, a few 70s tunes (including Barry White – w00t!) – but definitely didn’t fit with the “moonshine” and retro theme the restaurant is aiming for. Their Facebook page says:
A locally owned and operated grill that celebrates the end of Prohibition with savory entrees, delectable desserts and spirits that take you back to 1933. The Moonshine Grill offers a retreat back into the days following Prohibition. Savory steaks, fresh seafood, Bourbon inspired dishes and of course delectable desserts. The drink menu will take you back to the days of the speakeasy with creations that will temp you to explore new territory.
Not sure what kind of music would fit – maybe this?
We showed up at around 8:30 pm – it was pretty busy, lots of tables full, but we waited less than five minutes to be seated.
Service was great – our waitress Shannon was spot-on and cheerful.
Appetizer was fried mozzarella cheesesticks – they were quite good, although not quite as good as the ones at The Montana Clubs.
Dinner for me: 16-ounce ribeye, rice, and baked potato. Steak was delicious – tasted very similar to the one served up at The Montana Club, good flavor, juicy, got some spice, cooked just right. Rice isn’t something I usually get too excited about, but the rice was very good – super-fluffy, if that makes sense. Baked potato was…well, a baked potato – pretty standard.
For Krista, it wasn’t quite as good: she LOVES shrimp, so she ordered the half-ribeye and the shrimp. Her steak was over-cooked, and the shrimp was, in her words, “massacred.” Rubbery and hard – second-worst shrimp she’s had in Great Falls.
And that seems to fall in line with what I’ve heard some friends say about the Moonshine Grill: all agree that the beef is very good, but the seafood has left some folks disappointed.
As for entertainment: crayons! Yep – I got to indulge my creative side once again and produced this masterpiece:
Overall: I can’t wait to try it again – but it might take some convincing to get Krista to give it another chance! Next time, I’ll have to test-drive one of the burgers.