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Taste Buds: Market Vines Wine Bar and Cafe

Buds eat, drink and are merry at the new Centre Market eatery

August 18, 2011

Word sure travels fast through the grapevine.

No sooner had the business story featuring newly opened Market Vines Wine Bar and Cafe run in The Times Leader's business section, that co-workers and readers were demanding to know when the Buds were going to try it out.

Fortunately for all involved, the Buds are always a step ahead - happy to blaze any trail that involves food or (even better) wine!

Earlier this month, Greg and Diane Myers opened Market Vines Wine Bar and Cafe in Centre Market, just a few doors down from their other establishment, Casa di Vino. The Market Vines offers a tantalizing menu as well as a wide variety of wines and imported and domestic beers.

Hoping to attract some nightlife in the Centre Market area, they offer specials every night of the week that will be paired with a wine or beer. The Buds, for one, certainly appreciate this vision and headed straight over to check it out.

The menu at the Market Vines offers a wide variety of appetizers, wraps, salads, sandwiches, wines and beers. In the evenings, they will also have tapas and hor d'oeuvres to satisfy hungry patrons.

The Buds made it no farther than the appetizer list when they found what would be their first course: beer battered fried pickles. *Deep sigh* The Buds have never met a pickle they didn't love, especially one coated in crispy beer batter. Yummy! Served with plenty of ranch dressing on the side, the warm, crispy slices of dill pickle were delicious.

Other appetizer choices included sweet potato fries, fried cheese balls, fried zucchini, cheese sticks, onion petals and fresh cut fries.

Bud Shaunna was immediately sucked in by the wrap choices, though she had one heck of a time choosing between the chicken caesar, the southwest chicken, the buffalo chicken and the steak. Each served on different flavored tortillas, it was no easy decision! Ultimately she chose the southwest chicken wrap.

This turned out to be a wise decision. The grilled chicken was cubed, tossed in a mouth-watering southwestern sauce, mixed with iceburg lettuce, cheese, black beans and red pepper and wrapped in a tomato tortilla. Oh yes, readers, it tastes as good as it sounds. Served with tortilla chips and homemade salsa, this tasty wrap was more than enough for Bud Shaunna, who had to take the other half home for later.

Though Bud Em is a sucker for a good salad, she was more in the mood for a sandwich this day. Much like Bud Shaunna, it was hard to choose which delicious-sounding sandwich to order! Hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger, mushroom and swiss burger ... help! But it doesn't stop there, add meatball and Italian hoagies, a reuben - ALWAYS a Bud fave - and the Philly, it was a toss up.

At long last, it was the All On the Vine sandwich that reeled ol' Bud Em in. The Pittsburgh-style sandwich without the drive - patrons may choose between steak, cappicola, sweet sausage and turkey topped with provolone cheese, fresh cut fries and cole slaw, all piled on thick slices of Italian bread.

The whopper of a sandwich was huge, in fact, Bud Em boxed half of it before she even got started. The turkey was piled high on the fresh bread, and the fries and cole slaw added the perfect combination of sweet and salty. De-lish! The second half came in handy later that day when she was hungry once again. Bud Em would definitely order this sandwich again.

Whether you are out and about for lunch, or want to spend the evening in the company of friends over drinks and appetizers, the Market Vines is a great spot to visit.

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