Dinner, drinks and groceries in one trip at Food Depot9/10/2014
How many times have you gone out to dinner and realized you forgot to pick up groceries? But you’re tired from the big meal you just ate, and you don’t really want to make another stop. What do you do?
Well, if you’re at Food Depot Bar & Grill, you just walk into the next room to find a selection of frozen foods and deli meats. Problem solved.
That’s right: Food Depot is part sports bar, part grocery store. It serves classic favorites like wings and pizzas, as well as home-style comfort food like the hot beef sandwich in its dining area. In the grocery section, you’ll find two walls of freezers and shelves filled with appetizers, entrees, breakfasts, desserts and more.
Most of the restaurant-style food is pre-cooked and all of it is guaranteed to fit any appetite, whether you’re looking for potato skins and mozzarella sticks or lasagna and seafood. And once you’ve tried the fresh pizzas at the bar, you’ll be heading next door to buy a few for next week’s dinner.
The bar has a smaller drink selection than most, but it still has all the classics — beer, wine and an assortment of liquors. The Depot has plenty of tables, bar stools and floor space, adding up to a great destination for watching your favorite NFL and college football teams.
Owners Toni and Chris Kenner expanded Food Depot into the full-service restaurant in February 2013, about a year after opening the original store, in order to bring more eating options to the area.
Located just off Highway 141, you might drive right by it if you’re not paying attention. Food Depot isn’t the biggest or most-attended bar around, but that helps with the small-town, friendly atmosphere. It’s a perfect fit to the Grimes area, but also a good place to stop for a cold drink or a hot meal when you’d rather spend your rush hour in the bar than waiting for the lights to turn green.
The staff is happy and helpful, greeting guests with a smile at the door as they offer freshly popped popcorn of different flavors on most nights. Be warned on the popcorn, though: If you’re sharing it with a group, you’ll probably want more than one basket for the table, as it disappears by the handful.
There’s a reason Food Depot is known for it’s wide varieties of food — every menu item is made fresh and tastes great, not to mention it comes with a price tag your wallet won’t mind too much. Just about everything on the menu comes in under $10, and the 14-inch thin-crust pizzas are all under $15, even special flavors such as chicken alfredo and buffalo chicken. There is also an option to build your own pizza from a list of almost 20 toppings. It’s just one more thing you won’t find at any other sports bar. CVFood Depot Bar & Grill 3000 S.E. Grimes Blvd., Suite 200 Grimes 515-986-4404 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday