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Gritz: The Best New Place in Town to Grab a Bite

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Rebecca Rider, Writer

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There’s a new eatery in town unlike anything Salisbury has seen before. Located on East Innes, Gritz serves Cajun and Creole style food, as well as a mouth-watering brunch. Designed to look like an outdoor cafe, the interior is filled with odds and ends and decorated with beautiful wall murals. The place embodies the atmosphere of a cafe in the deep south, with sweet tea and southern accents to match.

Their menu has plenty of options: anything from a traditional hamburger to a catfish sandwich to chicken and waffles–as well as a varied salad menu. Menu items are decently priced, and portion sizes could reasonably be eaten in one sitting. The restaurant also serves brunch every day until 4pm, so if you happen to be craving eggs benedict past 10 am, they’ve got you covered. If you have gluten allergies they even have a few gluten-free menu items. And speaking of the tea, Gritz has a delicious brew. Having good sweet tea can make or break a restaurant in the South, but they’ve got the recipe down.

As you’d expect in a restaurant that advertizes a selection of Cajun food, they’ve got some spice. The catfish sandwich, in particular, has a bit of bite to it—in addition to being perfectly tender (fried or grilled). For those who aren’t as adventurous, they have made-from-scratch chicken salad, and can also make a mean Reuben. The meat might be a bit dry, but otherwise the sauerkraut to thousand island to rye bread ratio is perfect—at least for this writer.

One thing to beware of is the dessert. It’s not that it’s not delicious—because it is. Or the bread pudding was, at least. It’s just that unless the batch is fresh, there’s a likelihood that yours might be a little cold in the middle, despite attempts to heat it up. Don’t let this discourage you from trying it—they’ve got a great selection—but it might be wiser to order something that’s meant to be cold, or else work up the courage to ask your sweet Southern server to take it in the back and warm it up again.

Overall, however, it’s a great new place in town, with a great new flavor.

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Gritz: The Best New Place in Town to Grab a Bite