A restaurant out in the middle of nowhere, or is it a restaurant that is easily missed as you pass by? Either way, I am glad that I found this family run, Greek/Italian/Deli/American/Southern Soul/Seafood/Steak/Diner restaurant. They have about anything and everything you could possibly imagine on the menu. Grapevine Restaurant is a family-owned and operated establishment that opened in July of 2008 and is run by Dimitri and his family.
"We have committed ourselves to top-notch customer service that is tailored for every individual's preferences. Feel free to stop by and chat with us. We're always up for a good conversation! We hope to see you at the Grapevine soon!"
I had all intentions of ordering the HOT OPEN FACE SANDWICH Choice of Slow-Roasted Roast Beef, Roast Turkey or Roast Pork for $7.95. Served open face on bread with mashed potatoes, covered with rich homemade gravy and coleslaw. Or was I going to ignore the comfort food side of me and go with the Souvlaki (Marinated Beef Tips) for $9.95. Served on a bed of rice with onions, mushrooms, green peppers, crushed tomatoes, & feta cheese. I guess I could always go with the special for $5.99 and get all the soup and salad or sandwich I wanted to eat?
Still undecided, I chose the easy way out. Ask the beautiful server for her opinion and just go with it. So that's what I did and she recommended one of the following three items: Charbroiled 12 oz. Choice Rib Eye Steak Special for $10 or the Fried Chicken 2-piece $6.95 or 4-piece $8.95 entree. Both served with House or Caesar salad or soup, choice of 2 vegetables and dinner rolls. Add a Greek Side Salad for $2.00 extra. But the one item she recommended most of all, Grapevine’s Philly Cheese Steak $6.95. Thinly sliced steak grilled with onions, mushrooms and peppers; Topped with mozzarella on a hoagie roll and that is what I ordered plus a side of fries.
The bread, "Oh My" the bread this sandwich was served on was simply the most amazing thing I have ever tasted. It was perfect, light and airy with a nice crunch on the top. It literally melted in my mouth with each bite. At times, I forgot that it had other stuff inside (aka: scolding hot cheese) and I was burning the crap out of my mouth each and every time I repeatedly took bite after bite. The cheese on this sandwich also stood out and simply made this sandwich even more amazing. I know the menu and all says it is mozzarella (I think of melted mozzarella that is stringy), but it was a cross between Whiz and some kind of white cheese sauce. Perfect, they know that a Philly should only be served with cheese sauce. And now for the filler, Steak and mushrooms. Lesson number one when taking the easy way out of ordering something, look to make sure it doesn't include mushrooms. The steak was just average at best, but when combined with the bread and sauce, the Philly as a sandwich was one of the best I have ever tasted. Now, had I noticed that I was going to be served a pile full of mold (mushrooms) on that most awesome sandwich and asked my beautiful waitress to please hold the mold, it would have definitely been the best Philly I have ever had.
Bottom line, Grapevine restaurant is exactly what a restaurant should be. Family owned and operated with generations of family running the show. Home-cooked food that is actually delicious with a menu offering a little bit of everything so even the pickiest diners will not have a problem finding something delicious. And a community based business that puts the people that make them successful first. Almost forgot, breakfast is served all day and the desert case, definitely worth checking out as well.
Be sure to check them out if you are ever in the Boiling Springs area filling up that tank with some of the cheapest gas in the nation along with the other 10,000 people trying to fight over a pump at the new QT.