1000 Glen Day Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012
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Monday – Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 5 PM; Wednesday – Thursday: 10:30 AM – 9 PM; Friday: 10:30 AM – 10 PM; Saturday – Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM
When you’re looking for an exceptional, high-quality dining experience, look no further than Salem Glen Country Club. But don’t let the name fool you! You don’t have to be a club member to enjoy an elite, high-quality dining experience. My friends and I were invited to sample the menu for ourselves, and it’s a meal not to be forgotten! From the gorgeous dining room that overlooks the greens, to the fireside table in the Bear’s Club, every detail was well-orchestrated. The Grille at the Glen concept was created and is managed by Uptown Hospitality Group, a local consulting company from Clemmons. In the spring, outdoor dining will be magnificent since the views are spectacular!
We started our meal with a Skillet Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese. But don’t assume anything by the name… The traditional notion of “mac ‘n’ cheese” has been taken up several notches. As our photographer, and my dear friend Melinda noted, “This is grown up Mac ‘n’ Cheese.” This classic comfort food is made with cavatappi pasta instead of the traditional elbow pasta of our childhood. And there’s nothing that’s originated from a box in this dish! The cheesy goodness comes from a scratch-made Bechamel sauce and freshly grated cheddar cheese. The whole dish is topped with breadcrumbs and scallions, then baked. It’s a fantastic dish to share, but with add-ons like fried chicken or buffalo chicken, you could easily turn this into a meal.
Our second appetizer was the Seared Ahi Tuna. This tuna is so fresh, you’d swear you were dining beside an ocean. The rich flavor is divine. This is another appetizer that can be ordered as an entrée, and if you love fresh Ahi tuna, you’d be making a great choice. The Ahi Tuna is crusted with sesame seeds and served with pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, and crispy wonton chips.
For our entrees, we started with a personal favorite… an Angus Filet. Y’all know by now that I’m a steak girl, and I have strong opinions about great steak. This didn’t disappoint in the slightest. A tender cut of filet was served with a delicious Bordelaise sauce. The sauce just enhances the flavor of the beef and is incredible.
We also tried the Mesquite Grilled Pork Chop. This generous portion of pork chop is cooked with the bone in, which just adds to the richness of the flavor. It was seasoned with mesquite seasoning, as well as a honey BBQ sauce. It was a sweet and savory combo that was second to none! Absolutely delicious!
Our third entrée was the Pan Fried Chicken Maryland. Whoa. This was a version of chicken that I’d never had before, and it was exceptional. The chicken breast was incredibly tender and served with strips of country ham. Peas garnished the entrée, and the whole thing was topped with white gravy. It’s Southern Grandma cooking at its best. And though the chicken is fried, it’s not a greasy dish.
Our side dishes for the evening were Mashed Potatoes, and all entrees are served with a fresh vegetable of the day. The Mashed Potatoes were my favorite kind – red mashed potatoes with the skins. I love the texture combination of a creamy mashed potato and the skin. Delicious!
The vegetable of the day during our meal was Grilled Asparagus. It was perfectly grilled and served with a lemon zest, which really enhanced the flavor of the asparagus. Well done, Salem Glen! We loved it!
We wrapped up our meal with a little something from the bar, and two desserts. First up, the Hot White Russian. This chocolate mocha coffee is made with Kahlua, Absolut vodka, and freshly made whipped cream. It was a warm something on a chilly March evening that could be enjoyed on any evening as a great way to wind down.
Our first dessert was Crème Brûlée. There’s something about this classic dessert that just speaks to everyone, but I have to say – this one had one of the best layers of burnt sugar I’ve ever had on a crème brûlée. You know how sometimes, the sugar is so thin? This was thick and robust, and since that burnt part is my favorite part of the dessert, it was extra delicious! Plus, a generous helping of fresh strawberries added to the sweetness!
We also sampled the Coconut Cake. Y’all, I just love a good coconut cake. It was topped with freshly made whipped cream and served over a ribbon of strawberry sauce. It was incredible and just as a side note – the leftovers were a wonderful (albeit not the healthiest choice) breakfast the next morning! YUM!
Dinner at Salem Glen Country Club is wonderful thanks to the ambiance and evident pride in the culinary arts. It is a great place to go celebrate an anniversary or birthday, entertain friends, or just because it’s Tuesday. Make plans to visit soon, and be sure to tell them that Rosey sent ya!