Diners looking for a place to relax and enjoy a good beverage and creative dish, should make plans to spend some time in downtown Griffith.

Grindhouse Cafe, located on Broad Street, is a cozy eatery specializing in coffee, tea, assorted pastries and creative sandwiches and salads.

The restaurant, celebrating its 4th anniversary this week, features a casual homey setting with cafe-style tables and chairs, colorful couches and a large blackboard menu at the entrance.

During a recent Monday evening visit to the restaurant, there were a few tables occupied with diners enjoying a mix of coffee and tea beverages as well as pastries and sandwiches.

Although there was about an hour before closing time, customers were still trickling into the eatery to order carry-out items in addition to those choosing to be seated to enjoy a late dinner.

After surveying the blackboard menu, we decided on a tea drink and a sandwich for our meal.

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The Bleu Cheese Beef Bomb ($6.95) attracted our attention from its tasty description on the menu and The Cinnamon Girl ($3.66) tea drink  was also a selection that was out of the ordinary.

Grindhouse Cafe fills a ciabatta roll with bleu cheese, caramelized onions, spring mix, aged horseradish cheddar and roast beef for the Beef Bomb. It proved to be a filling choice and we even saved a portion of the sandwich for leftovers the next day.

The Cinnamon Girl  tea beverage featured a flavorful blend of cinnamon plum tea with caramel. Customers can order it hot or iced. For that warm Monday night, iced was definitely the way to go.

Other items on Grindhouse Cafe's menu include various coffees from Lattes and Americano to Cappuccino, Cafe Au Lait and Mocha to other beverages such as Italian Soda, Hot Chocolate and Smoothies.

Various food items include Pulled Pork, Croque Grindhouse and Chicken Salad Sandwiches to breakfast items such as the Bikin Eggs Burrito and Jammin' Ham.

Diners won't go wrong stopping in to the cafe for a quick carry-out or spending time for a meal there.

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.