Northshore Grille – The Rainy-Day Dinner Guest

Monday, June 10, 2013 - by Willie Mae

Lou and I were in the Northshore area after church and had stopped for lunch at Northshore Grill at 16 Frazier Ave. I had seen it before but never went inside. It was an open area with much of the seating outside. It looked a bit crowded out there so we went inside to eat, but Lou thought it was too stuffy and asked the host if their air conditioner was working. I think restaurants freeze you to death anyway, so I thought it felt good. The host said the air was off because of the breeze and it was an open-style restaurant.

We started to just go find a seat in the outdoor area, but right away Lou picked up on the smokers. I thought we had finally gotten rid of all the smoking restaurants in our city. Even if it was outside, that smoke still trickles through and non-smokers may want to enjoy the fresh outdoors too. I think if you’re going to eat, you should eat and, if you have to smoke, then go do that somewhere that it doesn’t affect anyone else. That’s just my opinion, but I try to mind my own business.

Lou mentioned the smoking, so the host had said there was another outdoor area in the back. It was a large screened-in porch area and the breeze was coming through nicely. We sat at the table and sprinkling rain began to blow in. I didn’t mind the mist if Lou didn’t.

Now, my old pal used to be a Boy Scout and has never let me forget that he learned to ‘always be prepared’. So Lou opened up his large golf-umbrella and situated it in the grooves of the picnic-style table to shield us from the incoming spray that was turning into more than just a mist. I have to admit, that was pretty clever and people around us were probably wishing they had been a Boy Scout too!

The rain blew harder and it was getting our backside wet where the umbrella didn’t cover. The waitress asked if we wanted to go inside and said that we could sit anywhere we liked. We chose a table in the middle where the breeze was almost like a wind tunnel. It actually was nice that day.

Our server was a sweet boy named Conner and he gave us a brunch menu to look over. I wanted the Smoked Salmon Scrambled Wrap for $9.95 and Lou chose the Lotta Bacon and Cheddar Burger for $9.95. The rain must have dampened my brain because I somehow missed the ‘wrap’ part on my selection. I ordered a side biscuit to have a little bread, but when I realized my salmon-egg meal was in a wrap, I didn’t need the biscuit. It was a good thing the biscuit was small.

Before we started to dig in, the rain became a downpour and we had an uninvited dinner guest. I saw him fast-moving up along the wall across from me and Lou. I pointed for Lou to take a look at our little friend, but he wasn’t so little. In fact, it was the largest fast-crawling bug I had ever seen! It looked like one of those Palmetto bugs in Florida. Lou gasped at the size and had to go over and survey the giant critter (which got our server’s attention also). Another server said, “It’s not a bug, it’s a spider,” I guess he hoped customers would take more kindly to a spider than a three inch cockroach.

It was apparent that it was not a spider when Conner let out a squeal which made Lou jump. The critter rolled along the wall as if on wheels and up to the high window sill while Conner went for a weapon. He felt the need to take care of it right away and came back with a loaded broom. Conner reached to swoop the buggy-guest off the window and onto the floor. I had raised my feet up off the floor while the chase went on. Lou agreed that it was the largest bug he had ever seen and he called it “The Kamikaze Cockroach”.

“Thwack!” Conner hit the varmint on the first try, but it only made him mad and he came after Conner! “Thwack-ack-ack!” Conner put a little more zeal into the assassination and was able to scoop him up in a napkin. He carried the large lump in the napkin to the back.

After that excitement, Lou and I began eating our meal. We decided the place looked clean and the bug probably came inside from all that hard rain. Lou put together his burger which was served opened, but he wasn’t sure he was going to be able to wrap his teeth around it - it was stacked! He said, “This is a really good burger” and it looked good. My salmon wrap was good too. It had creamed cheese and spinach and everything tasted fresh. I needed a little kick with all the creamed cheese though, so I asked Conner for a bottle of hot sauce and that made it perfect! My hash brown casserole was shaped into little balls and had a texture of stuffed crab without the crab. I liked it!

I had to tease Lou so I looked up and pointed at the ceiling over his head, “Is that another one?” Lou looked up halfway ducking his head into his shoulders like a turtle trying to go in his shell. I couldn’t help it - that was funny. Conner apologized about the incident and we laughed it off. He laughed too and told us it took two flushes to bury his enemy.

Northshore Grill has really good food and wonderful service. I liked the set up with the seating except for the smoking up front. But if you go on a rainy day, you may want to bring a hand grenade for the Kamikaze Cockroach.

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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