The Vine

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What do you do when you go to a restaurant and the food is GREAT, but the service is sub-par? I guess you blog about it! I’ll talk about the food first, of course. The sub-par service I’ll get to a little later…

Andy and I met some friends at The Vine: Mediterranean Market and Cafe a few days ago. It’s a cute little restaurant with a grocery store attached. It’s located on South Grand in South St. Louis. I LOVE South Grand – it’s a long street with tons of ethnic restaurants, grocery stores, and shops. So much good food crammed into one area – who wouldn’t love that?

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I love love LOVE the atmosphere of this place. It’s very cozy and is decorated very well. The amount of detail put into the place is obvious.

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Yes, those are SOFAS! Nice, soft, and comfy seating for the win!

Okay, on to the food.

We started with the Hummus appetizer. A blend of chick peas, tahini sauce, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. It was served with warm soft pita bread for dipping.

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I snapped a quick picture of the hummus before we stirred it all up and dove right in. It was creamy and delicious, and had a sharp tang from the lemon juice that I LOVED. The pita bread was soft, warm, and fresh! We had too much hummus and not enough pita, but the waitress quickly brought out more of the bread. Yum.

I also wanted to try the stuffed grape leaves. Grape leaves stuffed with rice, veggies, and spices? Yes! Count me in. I’m always up for a new adventure.

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These were GOOD. The leaves tasted exactly like collard greens. The filling was delicious and very well seasoned.

On to the real deal! I’m a huge fan of falafel, so I went with their falafel sandwich: a blend of chick peas, garlic and spices, with tahini sauce, tomatoes, parsley, onion, pickles, and pickled turnip. Wow!

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It was delicious, even though the falafel was a little too dry and crumbly for my tastes.

Andy ordered a side of fries for the table to share.

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These were SO good! I’m pretty sure I ate most of these. They were seasoned perfectly, and were hot and crispy! I’m a sucker for hot and crispy fries. 🙂 I didn’t even need barbecue sauce for these babies! They were eaten plain. Yum!

After our meal, we decided to explore the shop that was connected to the restaurant. I thought this would be a good opportunity to snap a few pictures.

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Aren’t those hookahs beautiful?

Well, I was only able to take one picture, because shortly after I took that one, a worker came over and yelled at me, telling me to stop taking pictures! I explained my food blog to her, but I don’t think she understood. I was super embarrassed! That’s never happened to me before. What would you have done? It definitely put a damper on the night, and we left shortly afterwards.

Other than that one little snafu, the night was a success. You can’t beat good cheap food!

Score time…

Food: 4 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 5 stars

Service: 2 stars (I can’t get over the yelling situation!)

Value: 5 stars

Overall, this place was good. Super cheap and delicious food in an inviting atmosphere. Just don’t take pictures of the shop next door!

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  • Hey very cool blog, I’m a fan.

    • Stephanie

      Thanks Ellis!

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