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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!