Josh Rhees and his mother, Bernice Kelley, made their debut as restaurant owners when they opened the Pleasant Valley Grill in South Ogden in 2008. They sold their restaurant at the end of 2009 and Rhees later became the manager of the Mount Ogden Grill. Kelley retired.
The Mount Ogden Grill, located behind the Mount Ogden Surgical Center, is owned by several of the surgical center's physicians. The physicians originally opened the Mount Ogden Cafe in 2009. In the spring of 2010, the cafe closed and reopened under its new name with a different menu and Rhees as the manager.
Rhees takes a hands-on approach, serving by day and cooking at night. Hand-cut certified Angus beef steaks are his specialty. They are cooked at 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit in an infrared broiler. The intense heat sears in the juices and flavor, and the steaks are served at a sizzling 500 degrees.
Some of the most popular cuts include the Bone-In Rib-Eye ($29.99); New York Strip ($21.99); and the Boneless T-Bone ($29.99), a combination of filet and New York strip.
The grill also specializes in seafood dishes, such as the Citrus Grilled Salmon ($12.99), seasoned with lemon butter; Lemon Pepper Crusted Halibut ($19.99), dusted with Japanese panko crumbs for an extra-crispy finish; Garlic Shrimp Alfredo ($13.99), tossed with homemade tomato/Alfredo sauce; and Hand Dipped Fish & Chips ($14.99), prepared with North Atlantic cod.
In addition to homemade pasta sauces, they also make their own buttermilk ranch salad dressing and an array of fresh salads. The Berry Good Salad ($8.99) is made with a bed of romaine lettuce, fresh berries, candied nuts, Gorgonzola cheese and poppy seed dressing.
The desserts, such as cream pies ($3.99) and Bread Pudding ($3.99), are prepared by an in-house pastry chef. "Desserts are kind of a big deal here," Rhees said.
The natural colors, plush seating and warm fireplace provide a cozy atmosphere. "We are that little secret spot that I want everyone to know about," Rhees said of the restaurant.
The restaurant also provides delivery, catering and three separate banquet rooms.