An Indian restaurant within walking distance of my workplace is a dream come true. We tried it out the first couple weeks they were open.
Little India is located in the old firehouse location on Washington Street near the Capitol where at least 138 different eateries have called home. The exterior was spiffed up and adorned with a new sign. More significant changes were made inside: new booths and tables and new lighting updated the space and made dining more comfortable. A change I wish they had made is to get rid of that awful ramp from the back seating area to the buffet area. I feel like I am going to fall over head first when I walk down that ramp in my high-heeled shoes. If it weren’t for the handrail, I don’t think I could sit in that section.
Frutcake is the latest venture by the people who brought us Bluegrass Kitchen and Tricky Fish. It is also on the east end, located in the building that used to house Delish Express. It has the same tables and chairs inside and out that were in the place before, but I imagine most of their business is take-out.
I stopped into Frutcake one morning on my way to work. A couple of my co-workers make it part of their daily routines. I usually avoid such places because most of the time, I eat healthy and try to avoid the things that will make my pants fit tighter. I decided to splurge today and take one for the team and fork the place.
I have just returned from the non-profit Delish. As usual, I sacrificed myself for the sake of this blog by eating as much as I possibly could. Never mind that I won’t be fitting into my swimsuit this year.
The first thing you need to know is how the lunch is served.
1) There is no menu. They have what they have. I wanted to ask if the lineup would change daily or weekly but the place was just too busy by the time I thought to ask some questions. (I was excited about getting that food in my belly.)
We thought it a crime to do anything but walk to lunch today, given the reprise from the frigid winter temperatures. The Morocco Mediterranean Cuisine and Pizza Buffet was the chosen destination.
Upon entering we were disappointed to see a buffet full of pizza only. Sadly, the Mediterranean items are no longer being offered on the lunch buffet. Happily, the price for all-you-can-stuff-in-your-mouth pizza is a mere $4.99. Add a soda or iced tea to that for only $1! At those prices, this is one of the best lunch bargains around.
The buffet menu here has been a yo-yo. When they initially opened, the buffet was full of mediterranean options. Then they were gone. Then they were back, but a smaller (yet adequate) selection. Now they are gone again.
Of course I let the owner know that I missed seeing (and eating!) the gyro meat today, even though the spinach-feta pizza was yummalicious. He was extremely accomodating, asking us to let him know if we would like to order gyros or other mediterranean items during lunch. I was glad to hear that!
Vandalia Grille – Downtown, Charleston, WV
Update 1/23/09: Since our visit, the menu has been expanded. The Slider Sampler no longer appears on the menu currently on the Vandalia Grille website.
So when I heard that Chef Sadorra was going to do tapas at the former Vandalia Lounge location I had my doubts. Tapas had been done in Charleston with mixed results. The Bridge Road Bistro opened with a tapas menu, but switch to a more traditional bistro menu after the first year in business. The Bluegrass Kitchen has a tapas menu, but they are sized like lunch portions so it works with the East End crowd. Well, to my knowledge Chef Sadorra has yet to strike out when it comes to designing a menu and he hit a home run with the Vandalia Grill.
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