at the Maple Street Grille in Florence, OR and Chuck looked around and asked “Do you know what this reminds me of?”
“…The moment you step through the open door, Kurt’s ebullient personality greets you…. Kurt has a 20-year history of working for the international hotel chains, Hilton and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, first in administration and later in food and beverage. He has lived and worked in Hawaii, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Orange County, California.
“Talking with Kurt, it is easy to see that his love of the social aspects of dining, the enjoyment of great food, and the comfort and fun offered in Maple Street’s setting and cuisine are paramount to his success. But opening the Maple Street Grille did not come easily. After he had worked for 15 years as vice president of sales at a company that sold luxury refrigeration and range products, the opportunity Kurt had been waiting for was to emerge from several independent sources. Both Kurt’s mother, Diane, and his good friend, Andy, had separately been looking for potential restaurant locations for Kurt while he was working in Honolulu. Unbeknownst to each other, Diane and Andy selected the same spot—a cozy restaurant in Florence’s Old Towne with an outdoor porch and patio, set back off the street. It was for sale. The timing was perfect—it became the Maple Street Grille!... (Gillian Marks at examiner.com).
And given the time Kurt spent in Hawaii, it should not be surprising that on one wall are hung prints depicting tropical scenes.
And the menu contains hints of our 50th state in the form of the Maui Wowie chopped salad, the skewers and lettuce wraps that are part of the pu-pu platter, and the house made BBQ sauce that has pineapple juice as one of its ingredients.
But when you top this beautiful and very tender brisket with a crisp and crunchy slaw, it is a texture party. And add to this a nice and crusty roll. We have almost reached sandwich perfection.
Now before I tell you about my selection, I have an admission to make. I don’t like pot roast. Never have. Never will. Or so I thought. So what prompted me to order Kurt’s Killer—the café’s version of a French dip sandwich made with shredded pot roast, brie, and caramelized onions? The truth is the Maple Street Grille is known for its pot roast as is described at activerain.com as “…the best Pot Roast I have ever had in my 55 years. I asked the owner what the best seller was? ‘Pot Roast’ was the answer.”
Both of us ordered the house made potato salad as our side (Our other choice was the Maui onion chips.) and it was a generous portion that contained some small bits of pickle and a hint of mustard.
We both really enjoyed our lunch at Maple Street Grille and wish we had more days in Florence for a return visit. But that is not to be, so we will have to content ourselves with memories of our 4.5 Addie lunch.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.