Meet Our Chef

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Ben Smart. Executive Chef.

Ben comes to Big Grove from The Herbfarm, a five diamond restaurant just outside of Seattle, where he was Executive Sous Chef. Ben's first job fresh out of culinary school was at Sluggers working for the Swifts. It is truly an honor to have Ben's brilliant career come full circle right here in Solon, Iowa.

MENU

  • START OR SHARE
    • Deviled Eggs Mom's recipe, local organic eggs
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    • Wings Plain, Buffalo or Korean BBQ, blue cheese, carrot-celery slaw
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    • Charcuterie & Cheese Board Featuring Iowa's own award winning La Quercia cured meats, artisanal cheeses, baby dill pickles, sweet onion mustard
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    • Olives Cured olives, house marinated
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    • Parm Fries French fried potatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano, toasted garlic, fresh herbs
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    • Ham & Biscuits Southern drop biscuits, smoked ham, red pepper jelly
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  • FROM THE GARDEN
    • Garden Salad Locally grown green and red lettuce, cucumber, shaved red onion, chick peas, buttermilk-dill vinaigrette
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    • Kale and Bacon Raw kale, nectarine, housemade bacon, bleu cheese, pecans, balsanic vinaigrete
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    • Tomato & Green Bean Salad Local heirloom tomato, fresh green beans, shaved shallots, toasted walnut, goat cheese, creamy tarragon vinaigrette
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    • Watermelon Salad Local melons, cucumber, cherry tomato, feta cheese, mint, agua fresca
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  • ON OUR BREAD
    All breads are prepared from scratch and baked in house.
    • BGB Burger Black Angus ground beef, American cheese, housemade bun, pickles, aioli, French fried potatoes. Or substitute buttermilk fried chicken breast.
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    • Smoked Laotain Pork hickory smoked pork shoulder, Asian pickles, Laotian barbeque sauce, sriracha aioli, basil, cilantro
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    • Seared Cod housemade bun, tartar sauce, pickles, French fried potatoes
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    • Buttermilk Breaded Chicken deep-fried~plain or tossed in Korean or Buffalo sauce, aioli and pickles
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    • BLT Housemade bacon, heirloom tomato, bib lettuce, aioli
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    • Housemade Falafel Hummus, tzatziki, Persian cucumber salad, pickles, olive, on freshly made pita bread
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  • LAND & SEA
    available after 4 p.m.
    • 10 oz Ribeye Pan seared with crispy smashed fingerling potatao, smoked shallot, bourbon glazed nectarine, griddled local greens, housemade Worcestershire sauce
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    • Chicken Pan roasted breast, braised thigh, brushed with whole roasted lemon puree, artichoke, leek, castlevetrano olives, lemon thyme, potato puree
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    • Smoked Salmon Relish of blistered Anaheim peppers, squash and corn, maple glazed bacon, sweet corn polenta
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    • Roasted Black Cod Pan roasted with Manila Clams, sauce Bouillabaisse, pearl onion, potato, fennel, preserved lemon
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  • FROM THE OVEN
    Our pizzas start with homemade, hand stretched dough, topped with the freshest ingredients, then fired in our stone deck oven
    • Pizza Margherita San Marzano tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, sea salt
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    • White Sausage creme fraiche, housemade fennel pork sausage, fresh mozzarella, red onion, scallion, marinated toamto, fennel pollen
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    • Traditional Sausage Housemade fennel pork sausage, San Marzano tomato, fresh mozzarella
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    • Salumi pepperoni syle beef and pork sausage, San Marzano tomato, fresh mozzarella
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    • Roasted Mushroom rotating selection of locally grown mushrooms, garlic confit, fontina cheese, arugula
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  • FOR THE KIDS
    All meals come with your choice of French fried potatoes, chilled roasted vegetables, or homemade applesauce and a small beverage.
    • Grilled Cheese
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    • Kids' BGB Burger
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    • Mac & Cheese
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    • Chicken Breast Strips
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  • THE SWEETER SIDE
    • Honey Panna Cotta fresh berries, citrus garden herbs
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    • Milk & Cookies three made from scratch cookies, creamy malted milk for dunking
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    • Flourless Chocolate Torte hazelnut, star anise creme anglaise, candied orange peel
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Note to Our Readers:

 

We practice 'farm to table' as much as possible. This allows us to bring the freshest ingredients to your table! Our menu is ever changing with the seasons! Check back often!

SOUPS & SIDES
  • Seasonal Soup Offerings
    rotating selection of housemade soups
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  • Tomato Bisque
    Heirloom tomato, smoked paprika, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano
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  • Tater Tot Casserole
    Our ground beef, housemade mushroom soup, sharp cheddar, crispy tots
    6
  • Doug's Mac 'n Cheese
    Cheesy. Simple. Delicious.
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  • French Fried Potatoes
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WINE
  • White
    • Walnut Crest Chardonnay
      7/24
    • Geyser Peak Pinot Grigio
      7/24
    • Willamette Valley Reisling
      7/24
    • Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc
      8/28
  • Red
    • Sonoma Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
      9/31
    • La Merika Pinot Noir
      7/24
    • Seven Falls Merlot
      8/28
    • Cline Zinfandel
      8/28
  • Bubbles & Pink
    • Neirazo Muscato D'Asti
      7/24
    • Enza Prosecco Brut
      8
    • CK White Zinfandel
      6/21