Last night Steve had a haircut scheduled for 6:30 which meant dinner would be late. I went along so we could spend some time together and it soon became apparent we would be having a later dinner than planned. Steve and Duane decided Steve needed highlights (and I agreed) so the entire process took much longer than a simple haircut. While we were waiting, Prudy arrived after work and I helped her address some invitations for a bridal shower she and Duane are hosting. By the time Duane finished with Steve and his last appointment, it was after 8 p.m. and we were all starving. The decision was made to eat out (something Steve and I rarely do anymore) but we wanted something inexpensive, healthy and close. Duane had heard good things about a newer place on Jefferson called Grad School so we called, found out they were still open and decided to try it.
Grad School is located in a tiny building next to Hoover Music on the corner of Jefferson and Elm. It was the home of one of my favorite places, Kim’s Korean B-B-Q and has been several other restaurants over the years. The owner has some of the recipes of the old Rasta Grill so we figured it would be good. We were right. Steve started us off by ordering the hummus appetizer. The hummus was creamy and garlicy and was served with crisp pita chips and soft pita strips. We all devoured it in no time. For dinner, I decided on the taco trio. I asked our server what protein I should have (you choose your protein – tilapia, steak, chicken or falafel) and he suggested I have one each of steak, chicken and tilapia. I agreed. Steve chose a Cuban sandwich which was ham, chorizo, avocado, pickle and soft cheddar cheese. When my tacos arrived the first thing I noticed was the presentation. They were individual shell bowls lined up on a rectangular plate and garnished with a little sour cream and hot sauce. Rice was included, but not necessary. I dug into the steak taco first and was amazed. The steak was spicy and tender with no gristle at all. I loved the combination of flavors with the black bean salsa, shredded cabbage, fresh guacamole and sour cream. The size was just right. The chicken was shredded and was also very tender with no gristle. I loved that the meats were spicy without being too hot. The tilapia was fried, but not greasy and added a nice balance to the spice. I did not eat all the taco shells, but they were crisp and fresh and not greasy at all.
Steve raved about his sandwich and declared it perfect. He said the soft cheddar cheese was almost like provel and was a nice balance to the meats. I took a bite and thought it was good, but not as good as my tacos. An appetizer, two entrees and two waters were about $30 with tip so it wasn’t as cheap as fast food, but much more satisfying. I can tell you, we’ll be back. I give Grad School an A!