I really love when Valley restaurants change up their menu based on what ingredients are in season, which is why I love Paul Martin’s American Grill’s new winter menu, available through March, featuring really tasty items. I tried some really delicious dishes on a recent happy hour visit to the restaurant, which, like I discovered on my first lunchtime visit to the restaurant, I love for its relaxed yet classy atmosphere and exceptional service.
The restaurant uses local produce in its dishes, which made eating vegetarian items like the Castroville Artichoke with pesto aioli ($13) and Wild Museum Soup ($9) so enjoyable.
Eating a large artichoke is always a little hard to handle, but it’s also a lot of fun, especially when it’s tasty and mesquite-grilled like this one. It was a really great vegetarian option that was perfect for two people, and I loved the smoky qualities of the dish.
The mushroom soup was so delicious, with six types of wild mushrooms, including white shimeji, brown shimeji, maitake and king trumpets. Every bite was a mouth full of mushrooms, which I loved, and this was a thick, hearty soup I would definitely recommend.
The new cocktails (all $12) that accompanied the meals were also delicious. My friend and I loved the Makers Mark Manhattan, with Makers Mark whisky and sweet vermouth and garnished with a Luxardo cherry. It was strong and sweet and had a great holiday spice.
For more information on Paul Martin’s American Grill, head here.