When we first moved to Los Angeles six years ago, we often went to Grub Restaurant for brunch. Housed in a 1920’s duplex, the vibe is home-y and chill.
Then co-owner Betty Fraser was a contestant on Top Chef and it became impossible to eat a leisurely meal in the tiny space without a 45-minute wait.
Finally, we have returned for their nearly 2-year-old dinner service. It took a while, but we did it!
The place is so cozy at night – and reservations for four were a cinch!
I chose Grub to meet our new friends Johanna and Patrick for LA Restaurant Week, but none of us wound up ordering from the specially-priced menu.
While waiting for our orders, we began munching on carrot sticks and cucumber slices, with pretzels and ranch dip.
I got their “Beet’s the Alternative” Salad – left off the Gorgonzola, added some chicken.
It’s a very generous portion of herb-seasoned beets with fresh basil, spiced pecans…
…Mixed Greens tossed in Balsamic Molasses Vinaigrette.
Next, a bite of Patrick’s potatoes…
…and Johanna’s Mac and Cheese with Jalapeño-Bacon.
Alas, Abe’s burger had to be sent back to the kitchen – a Garbonzo-Bean-Risotto-Garden-Patty with cheddar, BBQ sauce, and caramelized onions that he ordered vegetarian-ized (but came out with bacon).
I taste-tested it to make sure there was none on the new version…
…stole some Black Pepper Potato Chips too.
Then, using the Yelp App, I scored us a free dessert!
This time, we made sure they remembered to bring the bacon on the side.
The dessert is essentially a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, grilled between bread, with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It’s a must-order.
Also, it’s the perfect size for four people. I went back for more “crack bacon” – it’s a secret recipe.
All in all, I’m really glad we returned. I’m pretty sure it’s still a nightmare during weekend brunch, but at night, it reminds me of places in Austin that we love. Not a hole-in-the-wall, nor a trendy/scene-y restaurant. It’s just good grub.