I’m a burger guy.
But I also frequent Lower Valley coffee shops in search of free Wi-Fi to work on my stories and photos for the Yakima Herald-Republic.
So, when I learned that one of my favorite faux bureau offices — The Vineyard in downtown Grandview — also served burgers as part of the lunch menu, I became a big fan and brought along my wife, Amy, for a late lunch.
The burgers are good — not fancy, but they don’t need to be. They’re burgers.
They have the traditional lettuce, tomato and choices of condiments, as well as a healthy-size patty. But the Vineyard staff also follows a food trend I heartily endorse: the serving of burgers on toasted ciabatta buns. Gives the whole burger-for-lunch tradition a touch of class.
My wife ordered a turkey sandwich. Again, nothing elaborate, but they toasted the wheat bun and melted the cheese, making an ordinary sandwich just a little more special.
Both meals, with chips and sodas, came in below $10, as do almost all the menu items.
The Vineyard has good breakfast burritos, too, something I learned on my earlier visits, and great coffee.
As with most coffee shops, the atmosphere helps make the place as much as the food. The ambiance is one of leather couches, earth-tone walls and a coffee bar that looks like it could double as a martini station at night, while the spacious windows give the interior plenty of light and patrons a great view of the renovated downtown at the corner of Division Street and Second Avenue.
The clientele is a mixture of business owners, community college students and members of service clubs coming to and from meetings in the adjoining banquet room. Around noon, the whole place has a buzz that makes you think anybody there could be writing a novel, finalizing a business deal or simply visiting friends.
For a burger.
Location: 150 Division St.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.