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Come hungry, leave full

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Dillian’s Bar and Grill, which is often thought of as a place to go in town for drinks and socializing, is now also a place to have a good meal at a reasonable price. My husband and I had the opportunity to try out the menu on March 24, and were pleasantly surprised by both the speed the food came out and the delicious taste. We started with an appetizer, which was the caprese salad. The salad featured fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was a little too sweet for my liking but my husband enjoyed the sweetness. I ordered the shrimp fettucine Alfredo, which came to the table with the shrimp piled on top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The portion was huge and kept me full for several hours afterward. “I think people should get a big portion,” said Chef Kai Staltmair. Staltmair said he made the sauce from scratch since he does not use canned sauces. The sauce was very buttery and rich, with a hint of sweetness to it. I felt the sauce could have been a little bit thicker, in order to coat the noodles a little better. My husband ordered the rib-eye steak for $16.95, which Staltmair said “is a pretty good price” for the dish. The steak came with a mountain of freshly made mashed potatoes and green beans that had real bacon on top. The waitress brought steak sauce to our table at the request of my husband but he didn’t end up using it because the seasoning added a lot of flavor to the juicy steak. The dinner menu has been available to customers since November and was developed by Staltmair. “We have the regular bar menu but I also have a full-size dinner menu,” Staltmair said. “I decided to make it more interesting for customers.” There is a different special every weekend, such as a burgundy roast or lasagna, according to Staltmair. General manager Chris Sullivan said the dinner menu was introduced to help build the bar’s food business along with their alcohol business.