Groovy Grub Cafe

Groovy Grub Cafe

Tonya Hawes, who owned Kiss My Grits in Hayden previously, said she was looking for a new location but hadn’t settled on one, when she got a call from her friends at Nail Connection about an open restaurant space in downtown Warrior.
After the call, Hawes said she jumped at the chance to open a restaurant in Warrior when the spot on Main Street opened up three months ago. “They didn’t even have a chance to put a ‘For Rent’ sign in the window,” Hawes said with a laugh.
Then she had to put her own twist on the restaurant, which she decreed would be “funky.”
“You can walk into some places and there is no personality,” Hawes said.
That wasn’t what she wanted, instead painting and adorning the walls to make them as colorful as the owner, complete with old records and posters that reflect the “groovy” vibe.
The menu also isn’t like anything the area is used to, she said.
The regular menu features three types of chicken salad—one “old-fashioned” with onions, one with grapes and pecans and another that’s listed as “honey almond” alongside the pimento cheese—all made fresh and from scratch.
If you’re looking for your typical deli meat sandwiches, you won’t find them here. The club sandwich features fresh turkey breast and ham and the Philly cheese sandwich is made from shaved ribeye.
“It took people some getting used to,” Hawes said. She said she finally realized people were used to things being prepared the easy or quick way, instead of from scratch, but the customers have come around to her way of thinking about the food now.
The wings (which are brined for days ahead of time so they don’t even need sauce) have become a popular menu item as well as the chef ’s salad, featuring three meats —brisket, ham and turkey.
The burgers are also larger than most and can be customized (Hawes says a lot of people add the pimento cheese to the burger for a special treat).
And those are just the regular menu items, Hawes changes things up when the mood strikes her to offer uniques specials like a special Irish menu for St. Patrick’s Day or a variety of soups when it’s cold out.
She also features unique breakfast items like stuffed French toast, home fries and more for breakfast on Saturdays.
The dessert menu is no less interesting, but is always changing —pineapple cupcakes share the case with chocolate chip peanut butter pie, fudge cake and even a strawberry margarita cupcake that her Nail Connections ladies requested.
“If you can come up with a flavor I can make it,” Hawes said with a laugh.
But get there early for dessert, because Hawes said that no matter how much she makes, they seem to sell out.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday.
You can find Groovy Grub Cafe on Facebook for more details about the daily specials available.
They do offer deliveries to local businesses and schools (for the teachers). You can read the actual article by clicking this link
This story originally ran in the Spring 2019 edition of North Jefferson Magazine.
Rachel Davis is the editor and general manager of The North Jefferson News as well as author of this article. She can be reached at editor@njeffersonnews.com or by calling 205.631.8716.

Groovy Grub brings unique vibe to Warrior

Groovy Grub Cafe
Tonya Hawes, who owned Kiss My Grits in Hayden previously, said she was looking for a new location but hadn’t settled on one, when she got a call from her friends at Nail Connection about an open restaurant space in downtown Warrior.
After the call, Hawes said she jumped at the chance to open a restaurant in Warrior when the spot-on Main Street opened up three months ago.
“They didn’t even have a chance to put a ‘For Rent’ sign in the window,” Hawes said with a laugh.
Then she had to put her own twist on the restaurant, which she decreed would be “funky.”
“You can walk into some places and there is no personality,” Hawes said.
That wasn’t what she wanted, instead painting and adorning the walls to make them as colorful as the owner, complete with old records and posters that reflect the “groovy” vibe.
The menu also isn’t like anything the area is used to, she said.
The regular menu features three types of chicken salad—one “old-fashioned” with onions, one with grapes and pecans and another that’s listed as “honey almond” alongside the pimento cheese—all made fresh and from scratch.
If you’re looking for your typical deli meat sandwiches, you won’t find them here. The club sandwich features fresh turkey breast and ham and the Philly cheese sandwich is made from shaved ribeye.
“It took people some getting used to,” Hawes said. She said she finally realized people were used to things being prepared the easy or quick way, instead of from scratch, but the customers have come around to her way of thinking about the food now.
The wings (which are brined for days ahead of time so they don’t even need sauce) have become a popular menu item as well as the chef’s salad, featuring three meats—brisket, ham and turkey.
The burgers are also larger than most and can be customized (Hawes says a lot of people add the pimento cheese to the burger for a special treat).
And those are just the regular menu items, Hawes changes things up when the mood strikes her to offer unique specials like a special Irish menu for St. Patrick’s Day or a variety of soups when it’s cold out.
She also features unique breakfast items like stuffed French toast, home fries and more for breakfast on Saturdays.
The dessert menu is no less interesting, but is always changing. pineapple cupcakes share the case with chocolate chip peanut butter pie, fudge cake and even a strawberry margarita cupcake that her Nail Connections ladies requested.
“If you can come up with a flavor, I can make it,” Hawes said with a laugh.
But get there early for dessert, because Hawes said that no matter how much she makes, they seem to sell out.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday.
You can find Groovy Grub Cafe on the web at www.groovygrubcafe.com or on Facebook for more details about the daily specials available.
They do offer deliveries to local businesses and schools (for the teachers).
This story originally ran in the Spring 2019 edition of North Jefferson Magazine.
Rachel Davis is the editor and general manager of The North Jefferson News as well as author of this article. She can be reached at editor@njeffersonnews.com or by calling 205.631.8716.

 

Quarantine Cuisine: Groovy Club Cafe tomato soup recipe

Original Article: https://www.wvtm13.com/article/quarantine-cuisine-groovy-club-cafe-tomato-soup-recipe/32394998 (WVTM13 Digital) Updated: 5:40 PM CDT May 6, 2020

 

GUY: IN THIS EVENING’S QUARANTINE CUISINE, TONYA HAWES FROM THE GROOVY GRUB CAFE SHOWS US HER FAMOUS TOMATO SOUP RECIPE. CHECK IT OUT.
TONYA: HI, I’M TONYA WITH THE GROOVY GRUB CAFE IN WARRIOR, ALABAMA. AND WHILE EVERYBODY IS STUCK IN THEIR HOUSE, I THOUGHT I WOULD SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SOUP THAT EVERYBODY LOVES IN MY RESTAURANT. IT’S MY TOMATO SOUP. YOU START WITH A NUMBER TEN CAN OF STEWED TOMATOES, PEELED, THROW IN YOUR CELERY AND YOUR ONIONS. POUR IN A QUART OF CHICKEN STOCK, A TABLESPOON OF LEMON , GO AHEAD AND ADD ALL YOUR DRY INGREDIENTS, PUT IT ON THE STOVE. AFTER IT COOKS FOR 15 TO 20 MINUTES, PUREE IT UP. AFTER IT’S FINISHED, ADD THE QUART OF CREAM. THIS IS OUR ENDING PRODUCT. THE TOMATO SOUP IS VERY POPULAR, THAT’S WHY I CHOSE IT. EVERYBODY COMES IN, IF I DON’T HAVE TOMATO SOUP THEY ALL GET UPSET. PEOPLE THAT DON’T LIKE TOMATO SOUP LOVE THIS TOMATO SOUP. YOU CAN PULL UP AND WE DO CURB SERVICE. LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING OPEN AND SEEING YOU ALL AGAIN. BE SAFE TILL THEN. THANK YOU.
GUY: WITH THE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH? YOU CAN FIND THIS RECIPE AND OTHERS WE BRING YOU BY CHECK

Some of central Alabama’s best chefs are here to help spice up meals at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by sharing some of their favorite recipes with WVTM 13.

In this quarantine cuisine, Tonya Hawes shares the recipe for the Groovy Club Cafe’s famous tomato soup. Keep up with the Groovy Club Cafe’s specials, menu items and operating hours during COVID-19 on Facebook!

INGREDIENTS

1 #10 can peeled whole tomatoes
1 whole onion
Handful of celery stalks
1 quart chicken stock
1 quart cream
1 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS salt
1 TBS pepper
1 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS sugar
¼ C basil
1 tsp cayenne pepper

RECIPE

Add tomatoes, onion, celery, chicken stock, lemon juice and dry ingredients to large pot, cook for 15 to 20 minutes then puree it. Then add cream.