Beautiful century-old live oak trees dominate the front patio of Live Oak Grill. The branches of the trees are spread out wide and provided shade to the patio during lunchtime.
The trees aren’t the only historic aspect of Live Oak, located at 10444 Hempstead Rd. I was told the building that houses the restaurant was originally a home built in 1915. The grill has preserved most of its history, with original hardwood floors and the multiple-room floor plan.
The grill also has a playground outside, but it is currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s not just the preservation of the house’s history that makes the restaurant homey. It’s also the staff. From the moment my lunch party walked in, we were greeted by workers who genuinely seemed happy to be there.
The menu is made up of mostly American fare, with a few pasta dishes as well as Tex-Mex options. I ordered the hamburger sliders with fries.
While waiting for our food to come out, our server was very attentive, bringing us refills and napkins. And the attentiveness didn’t cease once we had our food in front of us. I can appreciate that because sometimes at restaurants, servers will disappear once your food has arrived, which is fine until I can’t find my server for a refill.
The three mini-burgers were made simply with only mustard, and I added ketchup. The fries were piled on the side, lightly covered in seasoning.
The patties tasted homemade and I enjoyed them with only the two toppings. The fries were typical, like ones you could find at any grill.
My lunch companions ordered the chicken tenders and regular-sized burgers. The latter were part of the Monday lunch special of buy one, get one free. Everyone enjoyed their food.
On a whim, our table ordered dessert after a different server tempted us with cookies-and-cream cake balls. I usually don’t have good expectations for cookies-and-cream desserts that aren’t ice cream, because I tend to think they taste fake, but I was surprised by how much I liked these cake balls.
The outside was a cream shell that melted in my mouth and reminded me of the Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème candy bars. The inside was a fudge-like cake and, together with the shell, truly tasted like cookies and cream.
I made the comment when leaving that the restaurant would be an ideal place for family gatherings on Sundays after church. It’s relaxed and friendly.
Too bad it’s currently not open on Sundays.
Live Oak Grill
Address: 10444 Hempstead Rd.
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Sliders