The recent influx of California-based chains continues tonight with the debut of Paul Martin's American Grill. Co-founder Paul Fleming is also behind mega-chains like Pei Wei and the pseudo-Chinese P.F. Chang's, but this is a decidedly more upscale venture — hitting on all the current buzzwords like "hand-crafted cocktails," "seasonal menu," and "made from scratch," with most entrees clocking in between $18 and $37.
The menu showcases precisely the type of "American grill" cuisine you might expect the Turtle Creek-area upper-crust to enjoy on your average weeknight: calamari, spinach dip, kale Caesar salad, braised short ribs, grilled salmon over quinoa. There are thoughtful touches, though, like housemade tortillas for fish tacos and beef that's ground in-house for burgers.
There's also a $22 prix-fixe brunch, though A.M. boozehounds may be disappointed to see that only includes one drink; there are some tasty-sounding options, however, including a champagne lemonade infused with Meyer lemon and basil. A daily happy hour includes everything from $5 wines to a $15 St. Germain cocktail for two (tres romantique).
Dinner service starts today at 3 p.m. for the early-bird crowd; lunch and brunch will launch in August.