Red Hook Grill is located in Grandview Heights in the space that held the excellent but business-poor Bistro 86. It presents an American take on Caribbean fare with a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
The space in Red Hook Grill is more skillfully utilized than it was previously. The small bar offers a number of happy hour specials.
The majority of the meatless items that don't contain cheese are vegan - almost 70 percent of the items. Starters include tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa, a cheese plate, garlic hummus, vegan potato skins, pita pizza, salads and sides like fries, beans and cole slaw.
The potato skins were atrocious. The broccoli was thawed straight out of the freezer, the vegan cheese didn't melt in any appreciable way and the "cream" was a pasty white gum that added nothing to the criminally underseasoned bar food.
The tofu kebab plate was piled high with Mediterranean delights. While the tofu might have benefited from some additional char, the dish was tasty, and it was a great value.
The black bean veggie burger looked really nice. It was beans, oats, carrots, onions, peppers and cilantro.
Though some of the items I sampled were badly prepared, service at Red Hook was very good. The secret may be finding the best items on the menu and sticking with them while saving a few bucks at happy hour.