I often have no idea what’s going on in town so it’s a good thing that I have some friends who are paying attention here and there. It’s because of one of these friends that I got to participate in the grand pre-opening of the new Gordon Biersch restaurant in Destiny USA on Thursday. It’s in the new section of the mall on the same level and area as Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Melting Pot.

This was my first event of this kind and it’s pretty neat. The restaurant was nice and clean, lots of open space and a very high ceiling, nice woody colors along with stainless steel and of course a touch of orange, and you see the brewing area because they’re known for making their own German-style beers, which I didn’t get to sample because I don’t drink. I loved the ambiance of the place; not too loud or quiet, and there were multiple big screen TV’s around the place, which were all on sports stations, including at the bar.

I don’t know if this is normal, but it started off with this young lady explaining how some of the things were going to go. We’d have one choice of appetizer, then each of us could order an entree, for free mind you, but we couldn’t order the same thing. Then she was off and our waiter, a young guy named Michael, came by to take our drink order. Mine was, as always a diet soda, but my friend Bob ordered a dark beer. They didn’t have their full line of beers available on this day, but Bob liked this particular dark beer.

They also didn’t have their full menu available for the test run, but that’s okay. Bob beat me to ordering the deluxe cheeseburger with garlic fries, so I ordered the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Salmon, which came with apple cinnamon quinoa and seasonal vegetables. We each also ordered the lobster bisque as an appetizer, and it was very tasty. In the picture you’ll see some kind of cream was on top, but there was a design on it before I dipped my spoon in; oops! 🙂

It didn’t take long for our meals to come, though I’m betting that once they bring the full menu it’ll take longer than it did. His cheeseburger was thick and juicy and looked like it was cooked pretty well. I tasted one of his french fries and it wasn’t bad. My salmon tasted wonderful, although I did have to send the initial piece back after a few bites because the middle wasn’t cooked thoroughly. They brought me another one and it was pretty tasty as well. I’d never had quinoa before and I’m not usually someone who tries new things, but in this case I did to say I’d tried it, and unfortunately I didn’t like it; I’m not sure if it’s normally served cold or not. Bob tasted it, as he’d never had it before, and said it was different, but he ate it along with the vegetables.

Then it was time for dessert. We’d been told that we would receive one of 4 random desserts, and I was saying “not the bread pudding, not the bread pudding”, so of course we got the bread pudding. Bob loved it, but I’m not a fan so I didn’t taste it. However, because they messed up my first piece of salmon they gifted me with a slice of cake and as you can see it was wonderfully large, 3 flavors, and I loved it.

The final thing was for the waiter to show us how much the bill would have been if we’d had to pay for everything. Bob had to pay a small portion for his two beers, a part of which went to the Food Bank, but if we’d had that as dinner it would have come to around $56. That’s a bit steep as a regular place to go, but there’s lots of great choices on their regular menu so I know I’ll be going back at some point.

It’s nice having some new places to go to, especially in the mall, and this was a very enjoyable luncheon place.

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