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Grapevine Cafe menu faithful to Greek and American tastes -

There are 12 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Aug 19, 2007, titled Grapevine Cafe menu faithful to Greek and American tastes -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Greek restaurants haven't fared well north of the city. So the new Grapevine Cafe is probably wise to offer lots of American dishes along with its Greek food, and to dispense with the traditional blue-and-white ...

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Connie Angelos

Towson, MD

#1 Aug 23, 2007
The first time I went to the "Grape Vine Cafe" it had been open only one week. I grew up on Greek food, so I was anxious to see what kind of experience it would be. It turned out to be a culinary delight. The appetizers are heavenly, and the main dishes were made for the gods.(It's as good as Highlandtown if not better). The waiters and staff are very professional and friendly and you feel at home there. I am happy that the Cockeysville, York Road area has such a treasure. The decor is understated but fashionable. I highly recommend this restaurant.
B Reece

Grand Blanc, MI

#2 Dec 31, 2007
Just went to this restaurant with my husband. The decor is a bit Holiday Inn, but suffer through and your reward is made to order, heavenly greek appetizers. And please do yourself a favor and order a slice of the baklava cheesecake (homeade). It's way too good to share.
Val

Baltimore, MD

#3 Aug 5, 2008
This was our first visit to Grapevine Cafe and probably the last. Among the main reasons: the crab meat was clearly not fresh (to put it mildly), it had a chemical taste. One of the ordered crab cakes was left virtually untouched. The waitress was a little pushy, trying to get us to order more... She also insisted that everyone loves their crab cakes and we just don't know what crab cakes should taste like (we didn't argue with her, but we certainly do know our crab cakes). The Greek salad dressing was totally bland, a clear disappointment. The other dishes were OK. We also felt the prices were way too steep considering the location, ambiance (no table cloth, narrow uncomfortable diner style booths) and unmemorable food. At the end of our dinner the air conditioning was turned off (it was near their closing time) so we were forced to leave. We'd prefer someone just tell us they are closing...
Robert

Baltimore, MD

#4 Jan 19, 2009
Val wrote:
This was our first visit to Grapevine Cafe and probably the last. Among the main reasons: the crab meat was clearly not fresh (to put it mildly), it had a chemical taste. One of the ordered crab cakes was left virtually untouched. The waitress was a little pushy, trying to get us to order more... She also insisted that everyone loves their crab cakes and we just don't know what crab cakes should taste like (we didn't argue with her, but we certainly do know our crab cakes). The Greek salad dressing was totally bland, a clear disappointment. The other dishes were OK. We also felt the prices were way too steep considering the location, ambiance (no table cloth, narrow uncomfortable diner style booths) and unmemorable food. At the end of our dinner the air conditioning was turned off (it was near their closing time) so we were forced to leave. We'd prefer someone just tell us they are closing...
Maybe this woman is reviewing the wrong place? There is no way this is the same place I have crab cakes every Monday, Wednesday,and Friday! Everything on the menu (Greek or American) is always fantastic. Their crab cakes are by far the best around, which is why I drive 20 minutes to eat there. There is no other place I would waste 40 minutes travel time to eat lunch. It is also very hard to believe that the service was nothing short of excellent. The owners and wait staff are very accommodating and have stayed open well past their closing time for my office's evening meetings. This review has to be posted under the wrong restaurant?!
Farrah

Towson, MD

#5 Sep 27, 2009
Gyros were the worst I've ever had. They were basically steakums. The tomatoes and onions tasted old, and they put American pickles (the kind you put on a fast food burger) beside the gyro, which was strange. Definitely not a redo. You could get a better gyro and any strip mall deli place.

Greek food isn't difficult to make. They should know how to do better (or they do and they're dumbing it down to suit American taste buds). Hamburger pickles have no business being near a gyro!
Alisa

Baltimore, MD

#6 Jan 2, 2010
Farrah wrote:
Gyros were the worst I've ever had. They were basically steakums. The tomatoes and onions tasted old, and they put American pickles (the kind you put on a fast food burger) beside the gyro, which was strange. Definitely not a redo. You could get a better gyro and any strip mall deli place.
Greek food isn't difficult to make. They should know how to do better (or they do and they're dumbing it down to suit American taste buds). Hamburger pickles have no business being near a gyro!
I eat at the Grapevine at least two time a week sometimesa more. The gyro has always been excellent, with fresh gryo meat cooked and cut just right to fit into the pita pocket, not just rolled up on a thick pita like most places. The toppings are always fresh when I have had them and it is one of the few Greek places I've eaten in, that makes the tzatziki from scratch. The Grapevine has great Gree and American food.The dolmades are always fresh and tender as well as many of the Greek appetizers. The owners do alot of the cooking and are very particular about the products they use. I dont know of any gyro meat anywhere that could satisfy what "farrah" expects. If it is so easy she should make her own Greek food at home or open her own gryo stand in Towson Mall.I would reccomend the Grapevine to anyone looking for great Greek or American food and excellent srevice
Mike

Baltimore, MD

#8 Feb 4, 2010
MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!! And I suspect they plant people in these sites to give them positive reviews. It's expensive, the wait staff tries hard to up-sell, and frankly, the food isn't very good. Some things are OK, but only OK. Crab cakes had alot of filler, no lump; steak was tender, but under-seasoned; potates were NASTY- no salt, slimy, undercooked, tasted like jarred lemon juice; broccoli was barely steamed, in one huge chucnk, no flavoring whatsoever, and for over 20 bucks a plate you can do so much better elsewhere! The gyros I had once- I gave this place 2 chances- were also sad. They weren't off a rottisserie- they were clearly pre-sliced, probably frozen, like a steak-um. Worse, they were rubbery, like they had been nuked!!!
Alisa

Baltimore, MD

#9 May 5, 2010
Alisa wrote:
<quoted text>I eat at the Grapevine at least two time a week sometimesa more. The gyro has always been excellent, with fresh gryo meat cooked and cut just right to fit into the pita pocket, not just rolled up on a thick pita like most places. The toppings are always fresh when I have had them and it is one of the few Greek places I've eaten in, that makes the tzatziki from scratch. The Grapevine has great Gree and American food.The dolmades are always fresh and tender as well as many of the Greek appetizers. The owners do alot of the cooking and are very particular about the products they use. I dont know of any gyro meat anywhere that could satisfy what "farrah" expects. If it is so easy she should make her own Greek food at home or open her own gryo stand in Towson Mall.I would reccomend the Grapevine to anyone looking for great Greek or American food and excellent srevice
If greek food is so easy to make then why bother eating out, its only a pickle, we eat there all the time and the food is good quality greek and american food. Sometimes people complain too much and dont give credit to restaurants working hard to please there customers during these hard economic times. I would give it another try if I were Alisa and Fara.
Mike

Baltimore, MD

#10 May 5, 2010
Mike wrote:
MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!! And I suspect they plant people in these sites to give them positive reviews. It's expensive, the wait staff tries hard to up-sell, and frankly, the food isn't very good. Some things are OK, but only OK. Crab cakes had alot of filler, no lump; steak was tender, but under-seasoned; potates were NASTY- no salt, slimy, undercooked, tasted like jarred lemon juice; broccoli was barely steamed, in one huge chucnk, no flavoring whatsoever, and for over 20 bucks a plate you can do so much better elsewhere! The gyros I had once- I gave this place 2 chances- were also sad. They weren't off a rottisseri,they were clearly pre-sliced, probably frozen, like a steak-um. Worse, they were rubbery, like they had been nuked!!!
Maybe Mike has a problem spending money. Anyone who thinks a server is up-selling is clearly watching their money. They have a wide range of itmes on their menu for every budget. I am one of those people who has a budget and the servers are always professional and it doesn't seem to matter how much I spend or don't spend. The srevice is excellent and the food is always good. I don' think anyone selling gyro has a FRESH piece of beef or lamb on a spit cooking. It is all frozen first unless your in a village in Greece. Too bad Mike was so disappointed. John from Sparks
Nicole_K

Cockeysville, MD

#12 Dec 5, 2010
This is the second time we tried this place. The first time, I thought it a bit overpriced, but my greek husband and I wanted greek food so we went last night. BAD IDEA. We waited an hour and a half for our food. Took an hour to get a greek salad on our table. Finally got our food and the waitress said that it took so long because my pastitsio was baking. If she would have told me that they didn't have any pastitsio and had to bake it, I would have ordered something else. Still, food was sub par - I'm czech and I can cook better greek food. Service was terrible. Noticed other people unhappy (leaving, sending cold things back). Table nearby was there before me and got their greek salads when I got my food (1.5 hours). Owners gave us 20% off ticket, but seriously, I'll never go back. It was ridiculous.
Go 2 miles north

Baltimore, MD

#14 Dec 27, 2010
Go 2 Ashlad Cafe on York Rd..About 2 miles north of Grapevine.They just opened a new section bar & grill.
I have been their the past 3 Friday nights.had great food,great music and great service for under $50 for 2
IIB
Mike

Baltimore, MD

#15 Jan 23, 2011
Go 2 miles north wrote:
Go 2 Ashlad Cafe on York Rd..About 2 miles north of Grapevine.They just opened a new section bar & grill.
I have been their the past 3 Friday nights.had great food,great music and great service for under $50 for 2
IIB
Other than the breakfast food I think the grapevine's food is much better quality than the ashland cafe. If you want pub food and a crowded HOT atmosphere with lots of NOISE from groups I've never heard of for less money Ashland is the spot. Parking is rediculous. Grapevince has much better food and service and a much freindlier staff. The ambiance and atmosphere is much more relaxing. Parking is more conveinient. Do yourself a favor and stick to ashland for breakfast. Cathy

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