By Tashika LeSure
Enticing aromas and a warm feeling reminiscent of grandmother's kitchen is what you feel as soon as you enter Gram's Mission Bar-B-Q Palace which features authentic Cajun and Creole dishes. The name Gram's refers to the nickname given to Robert Bratton's grandmother by the grandchildren. Evelyn and Robert Bratton are the proud owners of the family-owned restaurant located on 3527 Main Street in Downtown Riverside. It's key location puts them within walking distance of the Marriott and Mission Inn Hotels, making Gram's a tourist hot spot!
The Brattons have been serving the Inland Empire with delectable dishes such as Seafood Shrimp Creole and Jambalaya since 1987. According to Robert, "it all started with a barbeque pit and a good poker face." For the past six years, this Creole inspired restaurant has been coined to have the best Bar-B-Que in the Inland Empire according to The Press Enterprise. "Evelyn is responsible for most of the cooking," stated Robert. She's proved herself to be a cook to be reckoned with by providing a variety of meals ranging from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, some of which are cooked with their very own homemade barbecue sauce and fish seasoning. Said Robert, "My favorite dishes are the ribs, gumbo, the catfish, and the Cajun friend chicken." To satisfy your sweet tooth, Gram's also displays a variety of fresh pies, cakes, and ice cream. It's no wonder why the Brattons have been able to maintain such a successful business with a diverse customer base for the past twenty years.
Grams BBQ located in Downtown Riverside
Gram's also facilitates catering events from groups as small as 50 to groups as large as 2500 people. With their fully equipped mobile catering pits, they cater for everyone ranging from city employees, to local schools including the University of California, Riverside, and charity events held across the IE. "We do quite a bit of catering business and we get calls almost every other day to do different events," said Robert. Their next big catering event is coming up May 5th for the Flag Airport Company.
Gram's is more than just a simple barbecue restaurant. They are very versatile in not only their menu selection but also in the type of service they provide. If you are in a rush, you also have the option of calling in and picking up an order. Great service, good food, and positive energy is Gram's recipe for success. Gram's is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. For additional information about Gram's Mission Bar-B-Q Palace you can visit their website at www.gramsbbq.org.