On February 7th in 2008 Christopher and I got engaged! 🙂 So every year around this time we go out and celebrate. Usually in lieu of Valentine’s so we don’t have to deal with the crowds. 😉 This year the 7th fell on a Saturday which made it perfect for a celebration sort of day!
We decided that we wanted a steak dinner for this particular night so we checked Urbanspoon for the TOP steakhouses in Memphis and The Majestic Grille was number one. It has been on our “to eat” list forever, but we just hadn’t made it there quite yet. So we decided that THIS would be the night!
The Majestic was originally built a silent movie theater and when it was renovated to become a restaurant, the owners decided to keep the old movie feel. So all throughout dinner movies were playing on the screen.
We arrived at 5:30pm thinking that an early dinner would beat the crowd, but they were booked SOLID until 8pm (the entire upstairs of the restaurant had been booked for a party so seating was more limited than normal). The hostess told us that the bar was first come first serve so if we could find two seats together then we were more than welcome to eat there. We walked along the bar looking for a spot (two seats appeared open, but both had a purse or a jacket in them).
Just as we were deciding to go somewhere else and try again another night, a man who had noticed us looking for seats walked up to us and told us to hold on just a minute and that he would find seats for us. He reappeared a few minutes later and had added seats on to the end of the bar. It wasn’t until later in the evening when he came back to chat with us that we discovered that it was Patrick Reilly himself who had done that for us. Patrick owns the restaurant and I imagine that if anyone can make seats appear out of thin air on a totally booked night, it would be the owner. 😉 And oh, are we glad that he made those seats appear.
The grilled cheese. Oh my goodness, you guys. Best grilled cheese of my life. I mean, there was BACON. And so much cheesy goodness. And a creole mustard that took it to the next level. I will absolutely be back for this grilled cheese alone. Served with Parmesan fries which were pretty good. Parmesan isn’t my absolute favorite and neither are fries, but Christopher loves fries so we got these for him to try. He enjoyed them!
And then… then there was the Ribeye. With Majestic butter. And served with garlic mashed potatoes. It’s like a little taste of heaven. Best steak we’ve had in Memphis. Easy to see why The Majestic is rated number one on Urbanspoon. Absolute perfection. And those garlic mashed potatoes… I could eat a bucket of those. Delectable!
Everything we ate was delicious. The hostess, the bartender, and the owner were all exceedingly kind to us. The ambiance was classy and romantic. We will be back. Hopefully soon. 🙂
Have you been to a theater-turned-restaurant before?
If you are married, do you celebrate the day you got engaged?