Welcome to the conclusion of Kenny’s Group Restaurants of our Dine Around series. Missed the other posts? Click here for Kenny’s Burger Joint, Kenny’s Italian Kitchen and Kenny’s Smokehouse to learn more about the other concepts.
Chef Kenny Bowers and business partner Bob Stegall opened Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill in Addison and offers fine steaks, burgers, seafood and other American classics. (See the menu here.)
The staff is attentive and overly nice, as with all other Kenny’s restaurants. Dim lights and jazz music in the background set forth a romantic ambiance; cozy booths and the interior of dark wood panels are reminiscent of a 1940’s Chicago style chophouse. The restaurant is always packed, so guests are recommended to make reservations in advance. Oh, and wear a nice outfit, too. It doesn’t have to be too dressy, but most patrons were dressed in business casual clothing.
My guest and I were greeted for dinner with a freshly baked popover with butter. Though a little flaky, the popovers are a hit among guests. I couldn’t help but ask for a second one to come out with my entree.
The waiter brought out a customized appetizer sampler plate for my guest and I to try a few items. The Ahi Tuna Nachos were my favorite with big chunks of tuna over chips and drizzled with a sweet soy sauce. Next up, I tried the flavorful Lobster Deviled Eggs and Coconut Shrimp with sweet Thai chili, wasabi aioli and orange marmalade. Lastly, I took a bite of the famous Kenny’s meatballs (which you’ll also find at his Italian restaurant), but this version isn’t spicy and comes with a sweet sauce on top.
A variety of salads and soups with a New England theme are available to add on to your meal.
For our entrees, my guest and I sampled the Steak and Cake (a crab cake on top of a filet mignon). I must say this is brilliant – the idea and the taste! Kenny’s creativity with playing around with food is evident throughout the menu. We also ordered the Bacon and Fried Egg Burger – another whimsical idea to jazz up a burger. All wood grilled meat and seafood entrees come with your choice of side – a feature not seen at many related restaurants. The chefs will also modify any dish to your liking.
I’m a sucker for mac n cheese, so I ordered this side (formally called the Adult Mac n Cheese), and there’s plenty of smoked gouda and bits of ham to make this scrumptious. The Bunnies Potato Cakes, another side, are flavorful baked potato patties. Other non-carby sides to choose from include wood grilled asparagus, creamed spinach and creamed corn.
The popular Grey Goose on tap is found here, as well as the other Kenny’s restaurants. The vodka is chilled at 29 degrees. If you’ve visited Kenny’s other concepts, you’ll see a repeat of the cocktail list including the popular Texas Margarita, vodka martinis and vodka dessert drinks. An extensive wine list includes tasty selections such as the oaky-tasting Freakshow Cabernet and the sweet La Crema Pinot Noir.
The wood fire grill also offers Sunday brunch, and the restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kenny’s Wood Fire Grill is located at 5000 Belt Line Rd. in Addison.
(Disclaimer: My meal was complimentary, and all thoughts are my own. Which Kenny’s restaurant is your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comments below!)