I’m going to start this blog with a little story. I just need to get it off my chest.
About a year and a half a go, I visited this place called Graham’s Grill. My cohorts (whose names will not be mentioned) and I arrived. We ordered apps, we ordered umbrella topped drinks, we laughed, we danced, we ordered more drinks. At the end of the night we got up, fat and happy…and went home.
…did you notice that at no point in that story I mentioned paying?
Whoops. Yeah, we accidentally dined and dashed. I’ll blame the unexpectedly strong drinks. Seriously, we didn’t even realize our mistake until the next day.
Needless to say, I have been wanting to return to Graham’s because it was such a fun time… but I’ve been terrified that my picture would be up above the bar and they would demand a year and a half’s worth of interest on my dined-and-dashed meal.
Fortunately, I got over my fear and last weekend my dear friend Erika and I returned to the scene of the crime.
You’ll be happy to know that I was not arrested on the spot or run out of town on a pole. Instead, I got to unload after a long Friday and give Graham’s Grill a second try.
Since I got a good response on the “grading” system that I used last week… I’ll use that again (with a couple of additional subjects). Here’s my Report Card for Graham’s Grill:
So, let’s talk atmosphere first (we’ll start with the best part of the experience). Graham’s Grill has a great vibe—I’ll give it that. They have live music and cajun/creole decorations to match their menu. They also have outdoor seating, which is nice (although, it’s right next to the road…). Everyone in the room is laughing and smiling–usually there are several patrons dancing along to the band that’s playing. It’s just generally a fun time.
As for the food; it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. We had shrimp (it was pretty normal as far as shrimp goes), potato chips (amazing–they were crispy and yet chewy; somehow this was an awesome combination), corn on the cob (I think it was frozen, sadly), and coleslaw (which was good, though pretty standard). Our food came in a basket, so I’d have to say… presentation wasn’t spectacular.
Now although the food was just “decent,” the drinks are a different story. They are delicious! Apparently, according to Graham’s, Creole/Cajun beverages are BEACH themed–and those beachy drinks are yummy! We’re talking about beverages named “Beach Bum,” “Jet Ski,” and “Bahama Breeze.” Yum.
One piece of advice is to be careful when you’re sucking down those delicious drinks; the price of food is decent but the drinks are in that $8-9 range. (Oh, and while we’re talking about money, I wanted to mention that during this visit I tipped SUPER well, in an attempt to make up for my terrible behavior.)
So, in the end, the main deal breaker of our trip to Graham’s last week was the service. It was soooooo slow. We would order and then wait… ask for a menu and then wait…. ask for our check and then wait… Everything seemed to take double the time that it normally should. That was pretty frustrating.
All in all, my recommendation for you is to only go to Graham’s when you’re looking for a fun night out–you’ll order drinks and “decent” appetizers and you won’t notice the slow service because you’ll be watching band, dancing, and singing along.
Just make sure you pay……