Every time we visit The Grocery, we leave full and happy. Kevin Johnson and crew continue to lead the locavore movement on Upper King, and rightly so. The ever-changing menu includes an array of small and large plates, making it easier for groups to sample and share a variety of good eats. We’ve seen whole-roasted fish; big, dry-aged porterhouse steaks; and enormous servings of pilau, but the “Plates” options are ample size, too. The huge, wood-burning oven adds a touch of smoke to beef cheeks and squid, but we can’t seem to stop thinking about the wood-roasted carrots with crumbles of pistachio, dates, Greek yogurt, and feta — a sensational dish that perfectly symbolizes what locavorism is all about. Among the hundreds of jars of pickled veggies, preserves, and relishes, there’s a stellar bar program, too. Choosing a drink at The Grocery is not an easy task, but you can’t go wrong with the Cannonborough Old Fashioned — it’s become one of our go-to cocktails. —Eric Doksa Dish, Summer 2016
A changing, seasonal menu with Mediterranean and Southern influences. Craft beer on tap, housemade charcuterie, a wood-burning oven, and a familial atmosphere.