by brittany on October 12, 2010
It was crowded on Saturday night at Malibu Grill, good thing we made reservations. We still had to wait a few extra minutes at the bar, which allowed us to sip on some Upland wheat ale with orange slices. It’s a great beer and the orange slices really bring out the light wheat flavor. I would classify the food at Malibu to be something along the lines of Americanized Mediterranean. They offer a lot of various dishes with a variety of sauces and combination of sides. Some of my personal favorites are the Barbeque Chicken, served over mashed potatoes with a choice of side, and the Mediterranean Chicken Salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, yellow peppers, chickpeas, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onions, and Balsamic vinaigrette. Tonight, I ordered my TOP favorite dish from Malibu, the Penne Ala Vodka. You can add chicken, sausage and peppers, or shrimp to any pasta dish but tonight I just enjoyed my meal plain and simple with crushed red peppers, shaved red onions, and Romano cheese on top. My FPIC had the Lime Chicken Fettuccini with spinach pasta, lime chicken, tri-color peppers, shaved red onions, fresh cilantro, and tequila cream sauce. Both dishes, yes I tried both, were amazing. Pasta cooked just right and sauces were fresh and tasty. Malibu has a great spinach dip with chips as an appetizer, but instead we decided to save room for dessert. We ordered cheesecake and a nut brownie sundae. The brownie sundae had a big heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream served on top and the cheesecake had hints of vanilla and lemon in it. Both desserts were delicious and left us both full and satisfied. One of my favorite secrets about Malibu is on the way out, aside from the usual mints and toothpicks; there are buckets of DumDum lollipops in front to take on your way out. Great night, great meal, good times.
Malibu Grill offers a casual California style menu that even a picky five year old would enjoy thanks to their wide variety of options. Specializing in handcut steaks, a variety of fresh cuts of fish and seafood, probably the best pasta dishes in town, large salad entrees, and big juicy burgers that are cooked to your liking.
What really makes Malibu Grill stand out is their wood fire oven. The Pizzas are nice and crispy, and served piping hot right out of the flames! Roasted chicken and the spinach and artichoke dip are the other menu items that are made in the wood fire oven. They are both standouts on the menu and part of the reason why Malibu Grill is such a strong pillar in Bloomington! Expect a packed house on weekends, and they only take reservations 20 minutes in advance. However, Malibu Grill has one of the classier bars in town, so the wait will be worth it. Located within minutes of campus and in the heart of downtown, whether you are out on a date, have the parents in town, or just want to have a fun night out with friends, Malibu Grill is a safe bet to fulfill your hunger needs!
106 North Walnut Street
Cost friendly? On the more expensive side, $12-$25 price range