Lake Wylie Dining: The Grid Iron, Charlotte

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A couple of weeks ago, I heard that The Grid Iron, near Steele Creek in the Lake Wylie area, had reopened.  My husband I used to go to The Grid Iron fairly regularly, as it was a good choice to meet friends or take kids for a casual dinner. 

As it turns out, The Grid Iron didn’t actually reopen; it is a new restaurant entirely.  New owners, new menu, just no new name.  The owners are not new to the business; the Randazzo’s have owned and operated several successful restaurants in the Charlotte and Lake Wylie area, including Tony’s Pizza and Pappapino’s.  They decided that The Grid Iron name was so well known, why fight it? 

Keeping the name, the sports bar atmosphere, and the general look and feel of The Grid Iron, the Randazzo’s added some delicious Italian fare to the traditional “bar food”.  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana and Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Contadina, Italian Frittata and an array of panini’s are some of the choices for fans of Italian fare.  Steaks, seafood, and burgers are also available, along with quite a few salad  and vegetarian choices.

My husband and I were on our way to Charlotte the other night and decided to stop in and give it a try.  We were n a tight schedule, but the waitstaff (and kitchen!) were quite accommodating.  I ordered one of the nightly specials, Chicken Marsala (about $10), and my husband orderd a Grid Iron Burger, topped with cheese, bacon, onion and a fried egg (also about $10). 

The Chicken Marsala was accompanied by a house salad, a delicious side of sauteed vegetables and mashed potates, and was most excellent.  Tony was quite impressed with his burger as well.  Overall, we were very satisfied with the meal and thought it was a good value.  We’ll definitely go back!

The Grid Iron restaurant is located at 13105 S. Tryon, right next to the Rivergate shopping center.  They’re open 7 days a week 11am-10pm, plus a late night menu and extended bar hours.  They offer evening entertainment on occasion, patio dining, and private party room.  A great choice for Lake Wylie dining.


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