The stellar breakfasts and five-course dinners at The Grand Hotel satisfy the most finicky of tastes. The wine lists and cocktail offerings make for leisurely dining and even quietly rocking on the 660-foot porch satisfying. A restaurant that serves up divine grits is my kind of place, and The Grand Hotel’s Salon Manger fulfilled my Southern breakfast longing. We heartily partook of a fresh vegetable omelets, grits, mango juice, tea, and croissants to hold us throughout the day until the magical stroke of six o’clock in the evening.
Each evening at six, The Grand Hotel staff circulate on the mammoth porch and throughout the hotel to remind guests it is time to dress for dinner. Part of the charm of this hotel is that formal dress is required: suits for the gents and dresses or skirts, or pantsuits for the ladies. Even the children dress to the nines for the evening at The Grand Hotel. It seems to me that everyone stands a bit taller and walks with a more confident air because of the formal attire each evening. The five-star dining experience is very much worth the effort of “getting done up”.
Each dinner table holds formal place settings for each patron. For dinner one evening I chose the Chilled Jumbo Shrimp with Farro Verde and Sweet Chili Sauce as an appetizer; the Wild Mushroom and Onion South with Artichoke Tapenade for the soup selection; the Tuscan Bread Salad with Frisee, Sweet Peppers, Red Onion, Mozzarella and Basil Dressing. For an entrée I selected the Braised Veal Osso Bucco Milanese with Crispy Grits Cakes and Lemon Parsley Gremolata. Usually I am a vegan/vegetarian, but I cast it aside when dining at The Grand Hotel. My carnivorous nature ran free and wild over the tender veal osso bucco. Just because dessert is the crème of the dinner crème in the Salon Manger, I relished every bite of the Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Crystallized Ginger Sauce. Naturally, we repaired to the main Salon for a nightcap sherry and to listen to the dulcet tones of the harpist as we contemplated how to go forth into that good night.
Ciao for now.