Good Taste: Signature Grill
Clay Falkner’s signed, seared deliciousness
Photo by Shannon Cornman
When one of the metro’s most outstanding chefs opened his own restaurant, he didn’t put his name on it – it’s not called Clay’s or The Falkner – but he has put his personal stamp on every dish, and the full dining experience, in the course of making Signature Grill a masterpiece.
The little spot in Edmond’s Kickingbird Square, 1317 E Danforth, is intimate, elegantly appointed … and home to meals that routinely clear the bar of excellence and enter the realm of the sublime. A veteran of Tommy’s and Deep Fork Grill before setting out on his own, chef Clay Falkner lets quality ingredients speak for themselves through classic French and Italian influences. Take one of the house specialties, a chicken breast stuffed with spinach, crab, bacon and mushrooms before being breaded, fried and bathed in a rich Boursin cream cheese sauce, or the Chilean sea bass – pan-seared to form a perfect outer crust, and served with roasted tomato butter.
Although, speaking of seafood, it might be extremely difficult to top the Alaskan halibut paired with jumbo lump crab in panko breading, accompanied by grilled broccolini and herbed tomatoes and a decadent bacon-crimini risotto.
Now approaching its 10th anniversary, the restaurant continues to resonate with diners, as seen in its glowing reviews: On a 5-point scale, it’s currently averaging 4.5 on Yelp and Zomato, 4.7 in Google reviews and 4.8 on Facebook – definitely not a flash in the (cast iron) pan.
Signature Grill does a brisk business and its few tables tend to be in demand, so reservations are recommended – it’s more than worth signing up for on a special occasion.