From cocktails to carrot cake: A Majestic setting on South Main
The Majestic Grille, which chef Patrick Reilly and his wife Deni opened on South Main in 2006, is a comfortable place to adopt if you’re a regular Downtown.
Despite the gymnasium-sized space the restaurant occupies — the century-old building was first the site of a grand movie theater, a message its “Hollywood Beaux Arts” facade transmits — it seems intimate because of clever partitioning. It’s divided among raised booths along the north wall, a clubbylooking dining area on the ground floor, a major bar, a wall with a large screen at the back that features classic movies in tribute to the room’s origins, and a patio that offers contemporary entertainment in the form of pedestrian traffic.
There is plenty of traffic inside as well. As walk-ins one weekday at lunch when it was too cool to dine outside, we were placed in a remote nook by the front windows because all the booths were filled.
Two of us shared a plate of the oversized onion rings to start. Six or seven are stacked on the plate and while you’ll admire the skillful frying that allows the kitchen to deliver such a crisp batter when the rings are 3 to 4 inches in diameter and onion strips nearly an inch wide, you’ll want at least four people at the table to justify calling the order an appetizer.
The Majestic provides an excellent burger and its flatbreads are topped with such appealing ingredients as duck confit, smoked salmon and grilled artichokes, but we ordered from the list of eight classic salads. The Cobb supplied plenty of tender grilled chicken, as well
Michelle Anderson brings a tray of food to patrons at the Majestic Grill on South Main, a dining tradition favored by residents and frequent visitors to Downtown.
Patrick Reilly and wife Deni opened the Majestic Grill on South Main in 2006, specializing in American cuisine.