Visiting Lupi and Leo’s in Greensburg was like a throwback to a visit at Stoke’s Grill on McKnight Road before they made the unfortunate decision to add a bar.
Lunchtime at Lupi and Leo’s probably gets a good response as this sandwich and soup spot thrives as a non-chain option along the overly corporate Route 30. For my first visit, I decided to divide in and get both a cup of soup and a sandwich. .
The soup was a thick and creamy White Chicken Chili. While tasty, it was quite heavy and I immediately started to regret getting a full sized sandwich. It would have paired nicely with a salad because fresh veggies would have been a refreshing contrast. L&L promotes that the soup recipe is super secret, definitely a homemade favorite.
After a gut-busting soup, my sandwich arrived with CURLY FRIES! The roasted turkey sandwich was deliciously grilled to give the sandwich a nice grilled cheese crispness. The roasted turkey and cole slaw were a match made in heaven and could be served as their own side dish.
Hands down, when you visit, try the sunflower oat bread! It’s available on The Rachel, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich and sometimes on the Grilled Cheese of the Day.
The biggest unanswered question … Why is the logo a pair of shoes?
Maybe that answer can be solved on the next visit.
It is with a heavy heart that I report Stoke’s Grill has expanded to add a bar and liquor license to their business. Diners who attempt to bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) will likely not be allowed to open it. Pictured above is a beer list from a recent visit. As you can see, those who enjoyed pairing wine with their Stoke’s plates will be disappointed at the lack of wine selection. The house wines (Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay) are not at the caliber many people opt for when selecting their own bottles. For beer drinkers, their beer selection is reasonable.
Stoke’s Grill had formerly been known as one of our best kept secrets. While the food menu has not yet changed, the overall experience will never be the same. Stoke’s had been on a list of wine exchange venue possibilities for their consistent quality, however the time has come to take them off the list.
At Stoke’s Grill in the north hills, they don’t make it like momma used to make. A monte cristo has the following key components: ham, turkey, cheese, and french toast – or bread and egg. At this north hills cafe-style, byob restaurant, they actually make the sandwich of meat and cheese on bread, dip the whole sandwich in an egg batter and quickly deep fry it. The sandwich doesn’t come out of the kitchen looking like a sandwich, but one bite and you know that you have found a very, unique Monte Cristo!
As a side, in the picture is one of @eatatstokes (on Twitter) newest creations. White macaroni and cheese with buffalo chicken. It’s available as a side or an entree. My side was actually a filling portion, much more than a soup or chili. The buffalo chicken had good buffalo flavor, but the mac n cheese was oily at the bottom. If they can hone in on this recipe, then it could be a hit. As of right now, I think it could use a little work.