Montgomery’s Sour Grapes has a menu for diets of all types

When your family’s diets range from omnivorous to vegan, it can be difficult to find a place to have dinner together.

This is the dilemma that Kelvin Manora faced. With a family of six – two vegans (foods without animal products) and four non-vegans – eating together was very problematic.

“When you’re getting ready to go out, it’s a bit difficult to find restaurants where everyone can sit together as a family,” said Manora, a former vegetarian. “We have to look at the menus before we go out just to make sure they have something to eat.”

Manora knew they couldn’t be the only ones having this problem in Montgomery. So last year, the weekend after Thanksgiving, he opened Sour Grapes. It’s a vegan bistro at 1240 Eastdale Mall that offers an extensive menu to suit individual tastes.

“A lot of people have wondered, hey why are you throwing yourself in the middle of all this going on right now?” said Manore. “But the opportunity presented itself, so we had to try to give it a shot.”

They make vegan and non-vegan foods, which have separate cooking areas. The menu includes both versions of sandwiches, tacos, burgers, salads, etc.

They have Beyond Beef items on the menu. For those whose tastes are more carnivorous, they offer beef, chicken, and seafood.

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A vegan barbecue sandwich from Sour Grapes in Montgomery, made with jackfruit.

On the vegan side, one of the key ingredients in several dishes on the menu is jackfruit.

“It’s one of the biggest fruits in the world, but it has a meat-like texture. We use it to make a pulled barbecue sandwich,” Manora said. “We use it on tacos and on salads.”

They also offer a variety of vegan entrees including falafel, cauliflower wings, flautas and more. Manora said they are adding new stuff.

Being in the mall, they have a lot of walk-in orders from the mostly younger crowd. With COVID restrictions, the dining room hasn’t been open much, but that’s changing with the adults-only nightlife efforts that kicked off in February.

“We have happy hours from 6 to 9 p.m. (Thursdays and Saturdays), with drink and food specials,” Manora said. “We really cater to an older clientele.”

Every Thursday is their R&B Soul Happy Hour, with DJ Pine. “We’re bringing in an R&B band, something like that,” Manora said.

On Saturday they will have DJ Marc The Prime and DJ Edie G, as well as live music.

The dining room at Sour Grapes, a vegan bistro in the Eastdale Mall in Montgomery.

The restaurant has a bar and is also available to organize parties and events. It has a stage capable of accommodating a full group.

This is Manora’s first time owning a restaurant, but it has a family background.

“My parents were one of the first African Americans to open a restaurant in downtown Montgomery,” Manora said. “Right there around the fountain. They opened that in 1981 or 1982. I was there for a while and also worked in the restaurant industry.”

Sour Grapes Grilled Chicken Salad at Eastdale Mall.

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Manora runs the place with his wife, who is a teacher. Their children also help them.

“My second oldest son was there with me throughout the renovation,” Manora said. “And I have an older son who works there part-time three or four days a week. My younger son, after school, he comes. And we have staff who work alongside the family.”

Sour Grapes has a walk-in area where visitors to the Eastdale Mall can pick up their orders.

The restaurant is located just outside of JCPenney, next to the food court.

Sour Grapes is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The full menu is available for online ordering at Food delivery is also available through Door Dash.

Contact them at 334-312-5991 and follow them on Facebook @SourGrapesBistro.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected]

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