Whenever I travel I need to find good, strong coffee. It doesn’t matter how far I go, I know the first question I ask is “Where is the best coffee shop?” Starbucks just does not cut it for me anymore.
I was in Vero Beach with my family planning for my Sister’s wedding next year, and I asked her florist (Jenny from Vero Beach Florists) where I could have a great cup of coffee. She told us about Grind & Grape and it was a no brainer…COFFEE and WINE? Yes please!
Pulling up (right around the corner) to this trendy little spot, I immediately loved the décor and ambiance, and I hadn’t even gotten out of the car. From the street you could see lots of seating both inside and out, and a very inviting patio.
Walking through the door you could see a full bar situated straight back, with the gelato and coffee bar off to the left. All the way to the right a group of women were having a GNO. We immediately realized we picked the right place. We were greeted by Christina the bartender, and another friendly server, but her name escapes me.
After driving for a while and running around all day, we opted for the French Press for 4 to start out, and boy were we glad we did. The coffee was so smooth and needed nothing to change the flavor or the strength, and at $10 it was a steal! Christina brought it right over to the table, said to let it sit for 5 minutes before pressing, and informed us this was the “interactive” part of their service. After the coffee, we were ready to nosh.
We ordered the chips and queso first and needed another round of chips to finish off the dip. It was a delicious, creamy white queso dip, and even when it cooled down was still tasty. The chips were organic gluten free corn chips from Old Florida Gourmet and had just the right amount of seasoning on them, if you wanted to enjoy them plain without the dip.
Flatbreads were our next choice – Samantha and I split one called the Roasted Goat with three of my favorite ingredients: Goat Cheese, Garlic, and Roasted Red Peppers…yummy! Eric and Mom decided on “The Favorite” which featured one of the only cheeses I just do not care for – Bleu. The rest of the ingredients – Walnuts, Honey, and Balsamic Drizzle sounded great; sub in brie, and I would have had been ordering it.
We ordered Troy “The Verace” which was their plain flatbread pizza with San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil (which we had to take off because “Why is there green stuff?”) Although this is a wine and coffee bar, they seemed very family friendly and were extremely nice and patient with Troy, and it doesn’t hurt that he is one of the most well behaved 3-year-olds I know!
Selecting wine was easy with Christina’s help. We wanted to have a rosé, but nothing too sweet, so we chose the Charles Smith Vino which was crisp, clean, and refreshing for a hot summer day. Too hot for a red wine, but perfect for a rosé with a little effervescence. Eric opted for a seasonal draft by the neighboring Ft. Peirce native Sailfish Brewing Company. Both were delicious and just what we needed to accompany our meals.
We finished the evening with cold and creamy gelato. Out of the four flavors they had available we decided to try the dark chocolate and the blood orange. The dark chocolate was decadent and sweet, while the blood orange was tart and tangy. Both hit the spot, and were a big hit with Troy as well!
We are all looking forward to coming back here next April when we will be in Vero Beach for the wedding. They have live music every evening, and also do brunch! Can’t wait to check out what else they have to offer.
Grind & Grape was opened a mere one and a half years ago and is already loved and frequented by locals and tourists alike. The family also owns the local Frosting Bakery in the area, and you can get baked goods right at Grind & Grape when available. As I was walking out I noticed their dessert menu, which features some delicious sweets and even the cake of the day that is sold by the slice.
The coffee, dessert, and wine bar opens at 7am daily for coffee, pastries, and juices, and then transitions to the evening atmosphere with the tapas style food and an inviting laid back atmosphere. Just a block from the beach, it’s a great place to stop before or after a day in the sun, and I can see it being a great date night or group night out spot.