I've been hoping to try Grand Vines for some time now. A friend wanted to get together to touch base and it occurred to me this would be the perfect opportunity. With so much going on with life-in-general, it didn't dawn on me that it was First Wednesday. What an unexpected treat to have live jazz music (with a vocalist) during our meal and visit!
She (and probably most people) eats much earlier than our family, so I agreed to meet her at 5 PM. My friend easily found a window seat inside, but all the outside tables were taken. After quickly eyeing their menu we went up to the counter to order. She ordered a slice of their artichoke quiche with a cup of chicken dumpling soup and I decided on a slice of their spinach and bacon quiche with a cup of the same soup($7.95). Since we opted to have a side with our quiche, two small slices of sourdough with butter were included. We each bought a glass of wine at the wine bar - one Riesling ($6) and one Pinot Noir ($8).
Our meals were brought out to our table after about 12 - 15 minutes. Not that it matters that much when there's so much friendly chatter. My friend commented that her soup tasted almost homemade. It did have a rich broth and I enjoyed the dense little dumplings. The quiche had a fresh, mild flavor. It went well with my glass of Pinot.
I read on Grand Vines Deli menu that you pay per taste of each of their wines - $1.00 to $2.50. One of the photos below shows their wall of wine selections.
Next time, I'd like to go in and try one of their fondues. Maybe I'll get lucky and hit First Wednesday yet again. The busy sidewalk made for great people watching from our window seat.
195 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301