Try the FGT & Praline BLT at The City Grille in Madison

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Try the FGT & Praline BLT at The City Grille in Madison

There are some people in the world who refer to bacon as “meat candy.” I never really used this phrase myself. Delicious as it is, I’d never order it for dessert, or expect receive it while trick-or-treating. Though I should mention that if I found myself faced with either of these scenarios, I wouldn’t be mad. But I also still wouldn’t call it “meat candy.” It would just be “surprise bacon.”

Then I had lunch at The City Grille in Madison, and now I know what meat candy is all about. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Tempura Lobster Roll

Tempura Lobster Roll

The City Grille in Madison is located on Hwy 51, right next door to Hokkaido. It’s a rather new restaurant, only about 4 or 5 months old, but if the lunch I enjoyed there is any indication of the usual experience, then you can expect it to be around for a long while.  The interior feels new and clean, and definitely suited to fine dining, with its high ceilings, dark painted walls and high-backed booths. However, the lunch menu is a remarkably nice mix of inventive salads, sandwiches, and appetizers, as well as some classic southern daily blue plate specials. In other words, the menu is interesting without being intimidating, and lunch prices run at a reasonable range of $9-13.

The appetizer menu covers a broad range of tastes, from standards such as cheese sticks, crab cakes, and fried green tomatoes, to proprietary items like the Duck Chips – homemade potato chips topped with duck confit, carmalized onions, and gorgonzola.  Personally, I was compelled to sample the Tempura Lobster Roll – a sushi-inspired wonder of lobster & goat cheese risotto rolled in spinach wrap, tempura-fried and drizzled with sweet corn cream and “dragon sauce.” There’s a whole lot going on in this beast, and I’d be hard-pressed to say that any one flavor stood out over the rest. When it’s all thrown together, it’s a rich, creamy, crispy delight that I could probably have made a meal out of on its own. Alright, maybe I would have ordered a second one. But I didn’t because I knew I had an FGT & Praline BLT on the way.

The amazing FGT and Praline BLT!

The amazing FGT and Praline BLT!

What is a FGT & Praline BLT, you may ask? That’d be a “Fried Green Tomato and Praline Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich.” The fried green tomatoes were perfectly cooked – warm, with a light crispy batter, neither too hard nor too mushy. But the real star of the show is the praline bacon. This, ladies and gentlemen, is “meat candy,” and I can’t get enough of it. It’s crispy and salty, with a sweet glaze that tastes of brown sugar and pecans. The rest of the sandwich, while very good, is really just a vehicle to deliver praline bacon to those who are bold enough to give it a shot.  My advice? Be bold.

New Orleans Style Roast Beef Poboy

New Orleans Style Roast Beef Poboy

My lunch companion opted for the New Orleans Style Roast Beef Po-Boy, and from where I was sitting, it looked like it delivered on that promise. First of all, it was served on Gambino’s French Bread, and that’s the proper starting point for a good po-boy. The roast beef was slow-cooked, and thick cut making for a pretty hearty sandwich.  The bread could have been toasted a little crispier in his opinion, but the roast beef was spot-on, and that plate was clean by the end of lunch. Well, as clean as a roast beef po-boy plate should be, which is actually pretty messy.

Food: Diverse, and obviously prepared with a lot of love and attention to detail. They’re not doing anything halfway.

Atmosphere: Fine-dining feel, but not stuffy. Décor feels a little unfinished, but it’s a young restaurant.

Service: Our server was personable and knowledgeable, and the manager was very hands-on in helping us out when our first choice of beer wasn’t available. Once again, I’ve gotta appreciate that attention to detail.

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The City Grille
1029 Hwy 51 North, Suite A
Madison, MS 39110

MON-THU: 11 AM – 10 PM
FRI-SAT: 11 AM – 11 PM
SUN: 10:30 AM – 3 PM

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23 Responses to Try the FGT & Praline BLT at The City Grille in Madison

  1. Janae May 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    This sounds like a place I would like to try soon!

  2. Amanda bush May 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Ifunny today’s free food Friday is islander I just told my husband we need to go back there bc we only went once around Christmas and haven’t been back but it wa do good!!

  3. Carrie May 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    That FGT sounds amazing! Definitely need to check this place out.

  4. Ken May 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    For my bacon loving family this sounds perfect.

  5. Lynsie May 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I had the FGT blt at Georgia Blue last night and it was pretty fantastic. Will have to try this one! #freefoodFri

  6. Joseph May 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Sounds like a place I need to try soon!

  7. Elizabeth Bowen May 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    We haven’t tried this place, but will look forward to doing so! Mmmmmm, bacon!

  8. Leonard Curtis May 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm #


  9. Kathryn May 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    PRALINES AND BACON??? Sounds amazing.

  10. laura May 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    haven’t heard of this one. thanks for sharing! maybe we’ll try it out this weekend 🙂

  11. Hannah Reed May 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Been here quite a few times. Everything I’ve had is stellar.

  12. Linda May 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Hmmmm now I’m hungry and it’s not dinner time yet… Thanks for the heads up… Didn’t know about this place!❤

  13. Shelia May 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    This sandwich sounds awesome! I really want to try it. Sounds like a great place!

  14. Ashley May 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you This looks delicious!! Ive never heard of the restaurant before but will definitely check it out!

  15. Joyce May 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    The sandwich looks great! Can’t wait to try it…eating local is sooo much better!

  16. Matt May 31, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Looks awesome. I’d love to try it

  17. Michelle May 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Sounds delish. I’m definitely going to try the FGT & Praline BLT!!

  18. Megan May 31, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Haven’t heard of this. Will definitely check it out soon!!!! Thanks!

  19. Pamela June 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Another place to try, thanks to EatJxn!!

  20. Jessica June 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    This sandwich sounds wonderful!!!

  21. Iris June 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Sounds amazing. I really want to try the lobster rolls but they remind me of sushi too much. Is the Spanish wrap anything like seaweed? The FGT BLT is definitely on my list though.

  22. Rebecca June 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Based on this review, I took a client to lunch there today. The food was enjoyed by all. Although I thought Georgia Blue’s praline bacon was better, the FGT sandwich was still very tasty. The fries were excellent. The lobster salad was beautiful and appeared tasty. The Mahi Sandwich was also well received. Overall, I was pleased we went and happy to find another place in Madison to eat.


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