The Globe in Garden Grove is a restaurant that I have been meaning to check out for quite a while. A good friend of ours (Josh also known as DJ Gummo, who is a great DJ if you are looking for one) is a strong supporter of locally owned small businesses in and around the Main St. area of Garden Grove recommended The Globe to me shortly after they opened in the middle of last year. The Globe touts itself as a gastropub bringing food from around the world and having a large selection of Belgian Beers both on tap and in bottles. The menu includes a number of small plates; such as smoked salmon wrapped asparagus and Belgian fries with beer stew gravy, to appetizers like; tzatziki and sundried tomato hummus and a Charcuterie Platter (cured meats from around the globe with seasonal trimmings). The dinner menu has soups, salads, seafood, beef, chicken, hearty hot sandwiches, and gourmet pizzas.
Being that it is my birthday week I decided to start my meal off with something special from the bar by ordering the Leffe Blond. One thing I noticed right off the bat was that The Globe isn’t kidding around with their beer, my Leffe was served at the perfect temperature for Belgian Beer (right around 45 degrees) instead of the typical ice-cold you would get from a normal chain restaurant. It’s a subtlety like this that stands out.
Both Mrs. DanGarion and I were in the soup and sandwich mood. We both ordered the for starters. We both agreed that the soup needed just a hint more salt. I felt the addition of salt helped bring the soup together whereas the Mrs. still felt the soup was overpowered by the swiss cheese because it didn’t have enough onion flavor.
And then we were on to the main course, Mrs. DanGarion ordered the Meatball Madeira sandwich, French baguette, hand rolled meatballs, their own madeira sauce, mozzarella cheese, served with Belgian fries. It was spot on for her, she liked everything about the sandwich, especially the sauce. She also loved the perfectly cooked Belgian fries crispy on the outside while still moist on the inside.
I ordered the Meatloaf Grinder, Seasoned meatloaf, bacon bits, onions, Swiss cheese, served with Belgian fries and cole slaw. The meatloaf was exactly the way I like it, crispy on the outside while not dry inside. One thing I found interesting with the meatloaf was that it appeared they use some cured meat in the mixture (probably to help turnover food that will spoil if they don’t use it). The cole slaw was fairly good as well, now that I think of it I should have put it on the sandwich.
Overall we were fairly pleased with our meal at The Globe. It’s a shame it appears not many people know such a great restaurant exists on Main Street in Garden Grove, because from the moment we walked in to when we left we were the only patrons. Service was good and we were well received even when the waiter realized I was using a Restaurant.Com gift certificate. It is locally owned and ran restaurants like The Globe that made me want to review the wonderful restaurants we have in Orange County.
12926 Main Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840