Originally posted Oct 15, 2008
Name now goes with patriotic motif
Editorial Assistant Kathy Page and her husband, Robert, treated themselves to a late lunch on a recent Sunday afternoon at Greg’s Liberty Grill in Ormond Beach.
Q. Is Greg’s Liberty Grill the same place as Greg’s Steak-N-Shrimp? Yes, it’s the same location, same owners, same patriotic motif, just a new name. Soon to be celebrating 13 years in business, owners Greg and Wendy Beer are continuing, as the slogan on their menu and sign says, “an American dining tradition.”
That tradition began more than 60 years ago when Wendy’s grandparents, Kay and Wendell Merthe, opened Kay’s Coach House Restaurant on Main Street in Daytona Beach in 1944.
Wendy’s restaurant roots combined with Greg’s experience working for and managing several area restaurants were the perfect pairing for the couple to open Greg’s in December 1996.
Q. Are there any other changes besides the name? Yes, they’ve added “Greg’s signature daily specials.” For $5.99, lunch specials are available until 4 p.m., and for dinner they’re $7.99 and come with soup or salad. Choices include chicken-fried chicken, baked lasagna, fish and chips, baked shepherd’s pie, shrimp basket, liver and onions and baked tilapia.
There’s also meatloaf, available Wednesdays only, and Greg’s famous chicken pot pie, available Thursdays only. And they’ve added chicken wings and several more salads to the menu as well.
Q. Did you have an appetizer? For starters, we decided on the gator tail ($6.99). They were lightly breaded and fried Florida gator strips (the largest we’ve ever seen) and served with a sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce. Robert loves horseradish so he had our friendly server, Jessica, bring him some for dipping. We enjoyed every bite.
Q. What did you order? I chose the baked tilapia special, cooked to perfection with lemon pepper and garlic butter. It was covered with a savory salsa made with fresh corn, tomatoes and onions and served with homemade mashed potatoes with gravy and fresh green beans. Lots of rib-sticking food for $5.99.
Robert chose the patriot’s prime rib dip sandwich, thinly sliced with melted mozzarella.
It was served with lettuce, tomato, pickles, steak fries and cole slaw for $6.99. He was very happy with his choice.
Q. What else is on the menu? There are six different salads, including the buffalo chicken salad and shrimp salad. Sandwich selections range from tuna salad to Greg’s classic fried fish sandwich.
For dinner, there are steaks, prime rib, chicken, chops and seafood. Dinner entrees come with your choice of soup or salad, potato, vegetable and sweet corn fritters.
Q. Did you have room for dessert? Not a chance. But I’m looking forward to our next visit when I can try one of the tempting treats listed on the chalkboard for $2.99, like a piece of the homemade coconut cream, cherry or apple pie or the bread custard pudding.
Q. Would you go back? Anytime. The menu is simple yet diversified enough to satisfy any appetite. The food is fresh and good, the portions are large and it’s all offered at an affordable price.
Q. How much did you spend? Our appetizer, lunches and Robert’s beer totaled $23.93 with tax.
Greg’s Liberty Grill 165 N. Yonge St., Ormond Beach
HOURS: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
MISCELLANEOUS: Major credit cards accepted; beer and wine only; catering available
ACCESSIBILITY: Plenty of parking; special assistance provided for those with handicaps