I stopped at Graham St. Pub & Patio this weekend, which finally opened at the end of June after much anticipation. The parking situation at the pub (located at 400 S. Graham St.) was a little rough — there’s a little bit of parallel street parking, otherwise you are stuck paying for a spot in the nearby surface lot, or at least paying for a scooter.
But I snuck into a free parallel spot on Sunday and was quickly swept up in the easygoing vibe of the two-story pub, which has an indoor bar and a street-level patio, as well as a rooftop patio, not to mention a heavy afternoon crowd and booming speaker system.
“The vision behind Graham St. reminds of the rooftop bars in Chicago and other cities, where it’s a stand-alone, small building,” partner Amit Patel told CharlotteFive before the grand opening. “We want this to be the local neighborhood bar in Uptown.”
Even at street level, you get a sweeping view of BB&T Ballpark and the skyline. I grabbed a table with a friend and opted for a bold Malbec (there are also beers and creative cocktails), and was most surprised to see the array of menu offerings for the lunch and dinner crowd. It’s a palate-confuser, with a range of Asian, Mediterranean and Southern cooking influences. But the point of the menu is to have a food-truck-like feel.
Here are 10 of the most interesting menu items:
No, not because wings are a new, innovative dish. But because they come with the option for sexy sauce (I like that element of mystery). You can also order them with honey jalapeno sauce, BBQ sauce, honey garlic sauce, mild sauce, hot sauce, or with a charred finish.
Asian Glazed Cauliflower ($8)
A veggie-forward, tempura-battered starter is always fun. It’s served with Thai chili sauce.
Country Fried Chicken Sliders ($4 each or 3 for $11)
Would you normally expect fried chicken on a biscuit with pickles and mayo at a pub?
Buffalo Cauliflower Sliders ($4 each or 3 for $11)
The surprisingly creative list of veggie options continues. This cauliflower is served fried, with buffalo sauce, scallions and bleu cheese sauce.
Spicy Mac Grilled Cheese ($9)
Mac and cheese in the middle of toasted bread already sounds like a food fantasy. They take it up a notch with jalapeno bacon and jalapenos.
Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos ($4 each or 3 for $11)
These tacos hold chicken tikka masala, pickled onion and mint yogurt sauce. The best part: instead of tortillas, the eating vessel is mini naan.
Gyro or Falafel Tacos ($4 each or 3 for $11)
This option reminds me of the falafel offerings at the popular Bartaco chain. The falafel is served with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and tzatziki, once again, on mini naan.
Mexican Corn ($3)
This street food is listed as a side. And sometimes you just crave corn.
Chicken Keema Sliders ($4 each or 3 for $11)
Made with ground chicken and pickled onions, this slider recipe is handcrafted by Patel’s mom.
Cookie Monster Ice Cream Sandwich ($7)
This is a doozy: A blend of Oreo cookie ice cream, Grandma’s chocolate chip cookie ice cream and Teddy Grahams, served between oatmeal raisin cookies. To top it all off.