Gracie’s on West Main, started by Jim and Gracie, is tucked away in the Leola Business Center on Route 23. Countless surprises are hidden inside the restaurant. Cheerful yellow and blue walls, inspirational quotes and beautiful chalk drawings, smiling faces all around, and incredible food with unique flavor combinations are found within.
Both Jim and Gracie have strong roots in the food industry which started at a young age. They have a passion for sourcing as much as they can locally, and putting unusual twists on the incredible dishes they serve in their quickly growing restaurant. They recently expanded their seating from what was 16 seats in June of 2013 to 90 seats as of April 2016. Needless to say, Gracie’s on West Main is doing it right.
As soon as FLL sales representative Todd Geiger and I walked into Gracie’s, we were greeted with a smiling face and taken to our seats immediately. Large windows surrounding the dining rooms let beautiful sunlight in, allowing us to soak in the richness of the afternoon as we chose our drinks.
Gracie started us off with two appetizers: Shrimp Tacos and Smoked Bacon Crabcakes.
The Shrimp Tacos were incredible. Sauteed wild caught Texas gulf shrimp were strewn across corn tortillas, layered with smoked pineapple corn salsa, sriracha lime honey sauce, and cilantro lime cream. They were sweet, spicy, and smoky simultaneously. The shrimp was cooked to absolute perfection.
I’ve never tasted anything like the Smoked Bacon Crabcakes. Each bacon crabcake was crusted in crushed pecans and smoked. They were served with a creamy, complex lemon remoulade sauce.
Then we were served the Hanger Steak. The eight ounce hanger steak (USDA choice black angus) was marinated in roasted garlic and herbs, and topped with a vibrant green chimichurri sauce. For just $18, you get two sides as well. Jim gave us his warm home fry potato salad. Let me tell you, I will return just for that dang potato salad. IT WAS AMAZING. Other side options include: sauteed squash in lemon white wine sauce, lemon herb orzo pasta salad, scalloped potatoes with cheese and bacon, mac and cheese with aged American cheese, or colcannon (an Irish dish of mashed potato, cabbage, and onions). The possibilities are endless!
Jim and Gracie did not let us leave empty handed. They also make incredible desserts. I was lucky enough to get cookie dough cheese cake and an ice cream sandwich. However, this wasn’t just any ice cream sandwich.
It was a donut. Filled with ice cream. And dipped in chocolate.
Are you drooling?
Their dinner menu is extensive. If you’re looking for something a little different to finish off a perfect day, you absolutely must pay Gracie’s a visit.
Side Note: Gracie’s is BYOB friendly!
Gracie’s on West Main (in Leola Business Center)
264 West Main Street, Leola, 17540
Tuesday – Saturday: 7am-9pm