One of our family favorite dinner spots is Market Street Grill. More specifically, we love the Market Street Grill Early Bird. Some observations in dining out — if you go earlier than 6, you are far more likely to see families with young children AND there usually aren’t any wait times. Love it!
Market Street Grill has several locations including downtown, South Jordan, and Cottonwood.
Market Street Grill Early Bird: what we order
If you are dining early, I highly recommend the Market Street Grill Early Bird Dinner. It is served every day 5 until 7 p.m. and until close on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Our personal fave is getting the $19.99 Atlantic Salmon and upgrading to having it cooked on a cedar plank (it’s generally a free upgrade but YMMV). It’s not on the menu, but a must!
You get your choice of clam chowder or a green salad. Sourdough bread comes complimentary on each table and Jude loves small pieces dipped in clam chowder, so we make sure at least one of us orders a chowder. It’s a great interactive “appetizer” before the main event comes out.
The early bird comes with a choice of a side — vegetables (they change seasonally), parsley potatoes, fries, mashed potatoes, or rice. If you are feeling like something truly decadent (aka magical), pay extra for the au gratin potatoes. Yum! Save room for the dessert that comes with the early bird — a choice of a small creme brulee or 2 scoops of Haagen Dazs ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, or caramel). You can also upgrade to any other dessert for $3.99. Market Street has some of my favorite desserts, including the Sababyon and the Raspberry Almond Torte. They both include some fresh berries, which are the perfect treat for the littles.
There are 2 other early bird options including Halibut Fish ‘n’ Chips ($19.99) and Prime Rib ($24.99). If you are looking for other options, they have delicious salads, specials, and the Halibut Oscar is always a winner.
Just for kids
I glossed over the fact that Market Street has the cutest “Minnow Menu,” kids cup with straw, and coloring placemat with crayons. We have yet to order off the minnow menu because there is plenty of food between our 2 Market Street Grill Early Bird adult meals, though we look forward to trying it out.
In the warmer months, be sure to nab a patio spot at the Cottonwood location. It’s such a tranquil surrounding with the trees and the sound of the nearby stream.
Surprisingly, Market Street doesn’t make much mention of their Frequent Diner card. It took us far too long to sign up. Don’t be like me! It’s a little unusual, but you do spend $15 to sign up, but they mail you a $20 reward. It expires within 30 days of being mailed, so do keep that in mind. Like other frequent diner cards, you earn 1 point for every dollar spent. You earn $25 for every 350 points accrued. Also, for your birthday, you receive a 2nd entree free (valued up to $25). You can read more and sign up here.
Holiday gift cards
Even if you only visit Market Street a few times a year, it’s really worth it to purchase gift cards in December. In years’ past, they offer a promotion where you receive an additional $10 gift card for every $100 spent. What’s even more noteworthy about this is that gift card purchases count toward frequent diner rewards! Alcoholic beverages do not count toward frequent diner points, BUT if you purchase a gift card, you can bypass that usual asterisk 😉
Speaking of your favorite drinks, Market Street used to be one of the few restaurants with complimentary corkage. In the past 6 months, they’ve been more frequently charging an $8 corkage fee, still among the lowest.
And, if the perks of the Market Street Grill Early Bird don’t already have you sold, they have some excellent “to go” options, most notably their chowder and sourdough bread for $9.99. It should serve 2 adults and 1-2 kiddos especially if you pair with one of their salad options or their delish desserts (individual or entire cake, torte, etc).
Making it easier
Here’s a quick recap of how to make your trip here easier:
- Go before 6 p.m. for quick service and quick seating
- Get patio seating, weather permitting
- Need to ease into dinner? Try a to-go dinner or try out lunch or brunch first
- Sometimes the number of courses in the Market Street Grill Early Bird can take a bit to get through. We’ve been known to take our dessert to go a time or two.
What other tips do you have about Market Street Grill?