July 7, 2011
Pan seared ahi tuna entree
I’ve been to Trio numerous times, certainly more than two hands can count, and each time I venture through those front doors I know I’m going to a safe haven. I’m confident whatever I order will be prepared to my liking, the service staff will acquiesce to my minor menu changes and I’ll leave with a full belly and another wonderful dining experience for the memory vault. It is the Trio way.
Most people probably think of Trio as a great lunch spot pre or post Kenwood Mall shopping or a place to dine with family, and it definitely fulfills those needs. Per such occasions I stick with my list of go-to menu items first of which is the Salmon Salad (topped with crispy shoe string potatoes, feta, cucumber, tomatoes, and capers. It’s one of those rare but precious gems… just as I imagine it in my head each mouth watering bite lives up to its full potential until I’m saturated in a wondrous food coma. Another iSPYCINCY favorite is the Mediterranean Pizza (spinach, romas, red onion, kalamata olives, peppers along with feta and fontina cheese). Yeah, it is that good, add in a little baba ganoush dipping sauce and you’ve died and gone to Mediterranean food heaven.
However, in recent visits my selection process has been more adventurous. Trio, while it easily sustains itself as one of the top dining establishments for lunch, is also a great place for dinner with friends or even a date. Whatever preconceived notions you have, don’t let them fool you. Trio has a top notch menu, superb location, and mood lighting for any occasion. My party of five came with hungry stomachs and began the night with the Prosciutto Flatbread (Buffalo Mozzarella, Pesto, Roasted Tomato, Asiago & Parmesan; Topped with field greens, 10 year balsamic). Divine, truly divine. And boy, is there something powerful, sexy even, about that 10 year balsamic drizzle? I’d say so.
For entrees we treated ourselves to a sampling of tastes including the Mahi Mahi special, Grouper Hemingway, Seared Ahi Tuna, Jambalaya Fettuccine, Pan Seared Salmon, and French Onion Soup (someone wasn’t too hungry; her loss). Chef Mark Boor has outdone himself. My fork traversed the table with pleasure, favorites were the Tuna – seared to perfection, and the Grouper Hemingway – talk about an educated palette, lol.
As someone who has followed the evolution of Trio (in its 20 plus year history) from a maze of red and black platforms to its modern look of today — artisan crafted wrought iron decorative pieces, warm sculpted wooden booths that are clubby but not pretentious, I can say with confidence what a spectacular accomplishment proprietor Gregg Pancero has achieved. Never satisfied with the status quo he is always looking to renew that bullseye of perfection. Big props to you Gregg.
In focus: the delectable Salmon Salad
As the tagline states “Great Casual Dining” is the motto at Trio, so feel free to join them in jeans or dress it up with some nice slacks and a cute top, the choice of attire is your call, but the quality of food is non-negotiable. Whether it’s the Sunday brunch, a midweek lunch, or a date night dinner, greatness is guaranteed for any dining experience at Trio.