Foodie Favorites from A to Z – Cast Iron Grill
In life, we all have days where we just need some good comfort food and then there are days where you need food for the soul. When you walk into Cast Iron Grill, located at 620 19th St., you are guaranteed to receive both. Each patron is greeted a number of times with “Howdy” or “Welcome y’all” from the Cast Iron Grill’s friendly team, decked out in their regular attire of cowgirl boots and denim shorts. In fact, customers are more like extended family according to owner, Teresa Stephens, who greets a majority of the patrons by first name. It’s the kind of personal touch that sets the Cast Iron Grill apart from other restaurants.
How this local hotspot came to be is truly an inspiring story. In 2006, Teresa, who regularly writes in a prayer journal, wrote an entry about the desire to change one person’s life. It soon became a daily prayer. Then, out of the blue, the opportunity arose for Teresa to open the Cast Iron Grill. Four weeks later in October 2007, the doors opened at the grill’s first location in downtown Lubbock.
During the hectic month leading up to the opening of the restaurant, Teresa said she did not have an opportunity to write regularly in her prayer journal. But there was one morning where Teresa especially felt the need to write. When she picked up her beloved prayer journal it just happened to fall open to the entry she had written about her desire to make a difference in one person’s life. Coincidentally, the date of that entry happened to be the same day just one year later…and the official opening of the Cast Iron Grill. At that moment, Teresa says she experienced God’s peace like never before and knew the Cast Iron Grill was where she would have the opportunity to make a difference in at least one person’s life. When Teresa’s regulars talk about her, it’s pretty apparent she has blessed a multitude of lives. It goes beyond the restaurant as well. For the past four years, the Cast Iron Grill has served dinner to more than 100 working poor or homeless every Monday night.
But your heart isn’t the only thing that will be blessed at the Cast Iron Grill, your belly will feel the love as well. The restaurant is an all-American grill where every dish is made from scratch. Teresa let me try out one of the most popular entrees, the hand-breaded chicken fried steak, which is dipped in buttermilk that is mixed with seven seasonings. My mouth is beginning to water again just thinking about its deliciousness. The dish is served up with green beans sautéed in bacon and onions. Normally, I am not a fan of green beans, but I will eat the Cast Iron Grill’s any day of the week. Of course, you can’t forget the homemade cheese rolls that practically melt in your mouth.
Aside from mouthwatering entrees, the Cast Iron Grill is probably best known for their desserts. The grill’s specialty is pie, but these are not your regular, run-of-the-mill pies. While at the restaurant, I had the opportunity to sample the Strawberry Banana Split Pie and Blueberry Banana Split Pie. Honestly, I can’t pick a favorite and suggest you order both. Typically, when I think banana split, I think ice cream. Let me tell you, I will never look at a banana split the same way after tasting these pies.
As you indulge your comfort food cravings, be sure to read the various signs hanging throughout the restaurant. Some of the messages will make you laugh out loud, while others are more thought provoking.
There’s one message in particular that stands out above the others, lovingly hand painted across the top of the grill’s back wall. “See how beautifully God has added one more day in your life, not necessarily because you need it, but because someone else might need you.” So yes, your belly will be blessed when you eat at the Cast Iron Grill, but more importantly so will your soul.
- Restaurant: Cast Iron Grill
- Location: 620 19th St.
- Phone: 806.771.7690
- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Serving: Breakfast & Lunch
- Website: Cast Iron Grill