The Monument Grill
As is the case with any move to a new area, one of the most frustrating things for me when I first came to Fitchburg was trying to find new places to eat. Fortunately, I already had a few friends living around here who were able to offer some suggestions, but I've had to do a lot of experimenting on my own to track down some new favorite restaurants. I met a friend for dinner last night at one of the best dining establishments I've found, The Monument Grill in Leominster.
This particular friend and I have a habit of ordering salads or appetizers rather than entrees so we can save room for dessert. Typically, the quality of the service provided to us declines dramatically when our intentions become clear to our server! Our server last night, however, was very kind and continued to treat us well despite the fact that the restaurant was actually surprisingly busy for a Tuesday evening. She was even nice enough to allow us to substitute rum caramel for the creme anglais that normally comes on the Warm Chocolate Cake (highly recommended!). We were also pleased that the staff wasn't bothered by the fact that we lingered for more than an hour after dessert.
I plan to include more restaurant reviews in this blog, so as a start, here are my general thoughts on The Monument Grill based on several visits over the past two years. The Fitchburg/Leominster area could use more restaurants like this! The atmosphere is warm and relatively upscale, with outdoor dining also available in the summer. The menu offers a variety of delicious options, including creative appetizers, fresh salads, and a plethora of entrees. In addition to poultry, seafood, and steak dishes, a few vegetarian pasta dishes are available. The wine list is decent, and I would highly recommend the chocolate espresso torte for dessert. This is a great location to celebrate a special occasion, impress a date, or simply enjoy some wonderful cuisine. Overall, I'd give it a top rating in all regards (quality, selection, service, and atmosphere).