How could a Priss refuse? Sips from Alexander Valley…Alsace…Tuscany…Colombia Valley…Loire and ohhhhhhhhhhh, there goes my head.
I SO needed to eat…but where? Ah yes…Grunts (409 Caroline Street) recently started serving food and I hoped they were open. From Grand Vin to Grunts, I had more than a peppy stride and in my head, wondered how many of those Key West Steps I was taking…yet I had too much momentum going to actually stop and access her site on my phone. Okay, so one stop at Express (they were having a sale) and 1 dress later, I was rollin’ rollin’ rollin’. However many steps later, I arrived.
I was indeed impressed with the menu. Expecting burgers, wings, and assorted fried bar food, I was pleasantly surprised to see healthier items.
Although not a large menu in quantity, the choices are varied and can appease every taste. Avocado Caprese Salad, hummus, & quinoa for those desiring lighter fare and Keys’ favorites Conch Po-Boys, breaded fish sandwiches on Cuban bread, fish tacos, and conch chowder. In addition were choices with a Peruvian flair. What to do, what to do?
After ordering, I enjoyed a lovely table and having the courtyard to myself.
The manager came out, introduced himself, and spoke with me for a while. He asked how I had heard that Grunts served food as they had only been doing so for a couple of weeks. Although he told me that he has only been here for 6 months, he completely understood the Coconut Telegraph when I simply answered “I’m a local”. He went on to tell me how lovely he thought the property was. I agree.
Prepping me for “Lunch, Part Deux”, my lovely server brought me some accompaniments and explained their varying degree of caliente.
And there it appeared…and I was feeling full.
The fish wrap: grilled fish with romaine, slaw, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions (for those who order them–I didn’t), fresh avocados, and chipotle mango chutney. The slaw was Asian and I was sure to find that out before I ordered…I don’t do that runny, white stuff <shudder>. This wrap was DELICIOUS and for me, didn’t need any of the bottled sauces…the combo of spicy, hot, and sweet was perfect with the mild fish. However, I could only eat half. Boo. By the way, the wrap was $8.95.
Throughout lunch, I kept hearing this BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG. It was a familiar sound from a restaurant we tried in Marathon and I wondered if I would be right.
I was. The manager (why can I never remember names when I was introduced like 10 minutes prior?) was pounding and voilà! Cracked conch! He kindly brought me part of Sunday evening’s special listed here…Thyme and garlic marinated conch over herbed rice. I couldn’t finish it, but I had enough to know that I would order it as a dinner entrée.
How is it I have never been to Grunts, not even to have a drink? One day, before I lived here, I was on my way there and saw some familiar faces at Flying Monkey, so I never got there. Then, they were closed for a while…then, I moved to Key West and rarely went to that end of town. However, now that I have found Grunts and their wonderful food, I’ll surely return.
As much as I enjoyed both items, I cannot wait to try new ones…especially the Peruvian entrées since I haven’t had that cuisine since Miami 2007. Grunts Bar & Grill is open Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm-10:30pm. For free delivery, call 305-294-8280. Also check out their Facebook page where they post daily specials. When you need a little break from the madness of Lower Duval (and a break for your wallet) here’s your place…and now with food! I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
PS–There are approximately 3,138 steps from Grand Vin to Grunts and back