Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatar ended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world, Doha!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Restaurant Review: American Grill

Restaurant review time, yippee! David and I visited the "American Grill" Friday night in Doha's Somerset West Bay Towers, We were taking a chance by forgoing our tried and true weekend hangouts of TGI Fridays and Bennigans. Would we survive? It seemed a little tricky to get to, but once we found it we wondered why we made all those extra turns. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it had an outdoor entrance, which meant no trekking through lobbies and hallways looking for the restaurant. Upon entering, I eyeballed my kind of atmosphere, open and airy, with simple wood furnishings and wood floors. We were immediately greeted, ( hey, so far so good!) and shown to a table of our liking and handed the menus. The moment of truth. What kind of food and what were the prices going to be? I'm always a little skeptical about hotel restaurants. From the looks of the menu, it truly was an American grill. Hamburgers, quesadillas, philly steaks, and chili. just to name a few items that were included. What was missing? Iced tea! David lives for his iced tea, and if you're not at an American restaurant, you're not likely to find it. And if by chance they do have it, it's an impostor...tea with lemon poured from a can. Yuck. Ok, Dave, let's get beyond the tea issue. Pepsi, it is. Being that we're stuck on buffalo chicken these days, he got the Buffalo Chicken Lawash (wrap) and I got the Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas. Our food was fresh and tasty enough, but nothing to write home about (even though I am...geez). Now, the dessert was another matter. The ice cream and whipped cream over devil's food cake with chocolate sauce brought me back to my mom's kitchen and her homemade devil's food cake. Now, Betty Crocker might have helped, but no one else could make it like mom. We came to the conclusion that the American Grill was a "do over". In fact, we went the next morning for breakfast. Something at that place was calling our names! Could it have been the buffet breakfast, including UNLIMITED American coffee for 35QR (under $10). That beats out Ric's Country Cafe any day of the week. We tried it, we liked it, and we will be back.

Nice hand modeling, Dave!

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  1. Oh my gosh! That is a huge dessert! Looks awesome. As I was reading I was shocked when I read about the HOMEMADE devil's food cake. I thought you had lost your mind until I read the next sentence. lol The menu looks great. Nice variety. Aunt Marge will have to read it to mom. lol

  2. We found this place about a month ago and it has become one of our favorites. I love the Southwest Chicken Salad.

  3. Thank you so much for the great post, I was running a search about this resto and I will difinitly go for an early breakfast with my wife tomorrow morning! Thank you so much Sybil for the great blog

  4. Your welcome, Rami! You never know, you may see David & myself there. Please say hello if you do!

  5. Hey Guys.. Beautiful Blog!! thanks alot for the review we tried american grill and fell in love with it!
    the prices were very reasonable and next time try the burgers.. trust us they are the best in town. hope to meet you two there one day.



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