Friday, August 5, 2011
Smoked and Marvelous at the Grapevine Restaurant in Paris.
I found a great lunch on a recent trip to Mount Magazine, actually, at a reader-recommended stop in Paris. Slid into the Grapevine Restaurant around 1 p.m. one hot June day and have been meaning to tell you about it ever since.
The menu took a bit to get through. It was packed with all sorts of tasty looking items — a full section of Mexican items, pasta items, steaks, sandwiches, you name it. It took me a few to decide, but once I saw the Smoked Beef Brisket Dinner ($7.99) I knew what I was having.
I was really in a salad-y mood (it was in the 90s that day) and was grateful for the mixed greens and tomatoes. The tomato didn't seem like the average hothouse variety. It tasted like a locally grown affair, and I wish I knew for certain. The salad came with lots of crusty croutons and red onions — the latter of which I carefully set aside. Raw onions and me, we have an agreement. I don’t consume a whole lot of them and they won’t give me gas.
I must admit, I lingered a bit. If I hadn't had pressing business atop Mount Magazine I’d have stayed longer and had dessert. That’s all right — I’m sure I’ll be back.
You can find The Grapevine Restaurant on Highway 22 just east of the turnoff for the mountain. It’s open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, check out the website or call (479) 963-2413.