SMBFD – Heritage Grille

Dining around town when you’ve got a narrow variety of options becomes difficult really quickly. If you’re in Denville, your dining options are even more limited. You have a horrible pizza place, Steward’s Root Beer joint (which we’ll get to one of these days), the Denville Diner (which is routinely slow or closed), and two other places we’ll get to. One such option is The Heritage Grille, which boasts a great game, and shows its popularity when it’s nice enough to eat outside. But is the place as good as it says it is?

Kind of.

Don’t get me wrong: Heritage Grille has some great menu items. Their star-shaped cornbread is excellent. They come with every meal you order, in addition to some muffins and bread which are also both delicious. These are staples of the place, and make for a very pleasant first impression.

Their burgers and sandwiches are very nice. They’re obviously not going to be thick, juicy, all-American burgers like you’d find at a burger joint, but they do embody a kind of classy, upscale reputation when you order them. The So-Cal burger, for example, is the only burger I can order with avocado in the entire Morris County area. Its combination of burger, cheese, toppings (including the green versatile veggie) are simply excellent. Likewise, most burgers you order will not disappoint.

Signature salads are a big thing at the Grille. They, too, are quite appetizing. They offer a wide variety of salads with really unique choices that make it perfectly acceptable to order a salad for dinner.

The real drawback to Heritage Grille is their prices. For a place on Broadway in Denville, the place has pretty good parking and location availability. Sadly, the salads cost an arm and a leg, and if you order anything besides the burger you’ll be met with decent enough options with a very pleasant topping or sauce, for a price near or over $20. I’m sure Denville’s outrageous rent has something to do with it, but it certainly is discouraging when you’re compiling a list of places to dine, for two.

Likewise, the seating is odd. There are booths, yes, and they appear to be quaint, pub-style booths. When you sit down, however, they are either cheap or too-authentic. They move very easily, and they are probably quite comfortable for a child or tiny person. If you’re over five and a half feet tall, however, you’ll find your legs searching for another place to sit.

Their to-go options are great. Phone ahead and by the time you get there, more often than not, it’ll be ready. Sit down and eat, and you’ll probably wait longer, though. If you have no place to go, or you’re not in much of a hurry, though, it should be a nice experience.

The staff is also very nice. I’ve only encountered one employee who wasn’t 100% great, but it had more to do with a language barrier than a personality deficiency.

In the end, Heritage Grille might be a nice option if you’d like a sit-down meal at home, but you don’t want to cook anything. And check out that So-Cal burger. Seriously, it’s awesome.

Three flags (3/5).

Heritage Grille
18 Broadway
Denville, NJ 07834

~ by Crivelliman on April 22, 2009.

One Response to “SMBFD – Heritage Grille”

  1. My eighth grade graduation party was at this place in the banquet room above the restaurant itself. I left my purse there and they were very prompt in calling me to let me know. I don’t remember how good the food was though, the party was kind of a lot of years ago.

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