Paul scooped out the menu ahead of time, and could tell it was a place we would both like. Burgers, vegetarian sandwiches, salads. Seemed we would both leave Studio Grill pretty satisfied. And, we did!
The atmosphere/decor are kinda dive/hole in the wall diner, but with an added charm. The red and white checked table clothes are inviting, and the antique looking chairs, while not terribly comfortable, look great. We were seated quickly and promptly greeted by our server. A young, pleasant woman, she took our drink order and told us about the specials. A moment later, an older woman made her way to our table to be sure we knew that Mondays are vegetarian days and that the black bean burger special was excellent! She sold me, clearly.Our server came back, and we placed our orders. It seemed only a few minutes before she came back with our meals in red plastic baskets.
My burger was really good. Well seasoned, a little under done, but perfectly paired with a buttered, grilled sesame seed bun, lettuce and tomato. I did send Paul for some mustard, a bottle of sunshine as the older, hippie woman, who we are guessing is the owner, called it as she handed it to him. The sweet potato fries, really more like chips, were very good as well. Not overly greasy, full of flavor and well seasoned.
Portion size and pricing was good too. My burger was not too large and it was a modest serving of sweet potato fries. Enough that I was satisfied, but didn't hate myself for eating a bunch of fried food. And, all for around $7.00. Not too bad. Maybe a little pricier than it seemed to be worth. But, for the good service and the speed, it probably is about right.
The vibe in Studio Grill, as I eluded to above, was very down-to-earth, very peace, love, and food. It is a welcoming place with kind people. Definitely check it out if you are downtown!
four golden forks out of five.