This review was written by David Flash and published in Maroon Weekly, an entertainment publication in College Station, Texas.
Stepping into Grub Burger Bar, the modern, high-end interior finishes evoke an urban feel making you think, for a second, you could be in a big city like New York or LA. However, when the folks at Grub greet you at the counter with a “Howdy!,” kindly explain the menu, and make enthusiastic recommendations, you know you’re in Aggieland.
I arrived just before closing time and there were still quite a few customers in the dining room, a good sign that I was in for a treat since only the more popular restaurants in College Station seem to stay busy after dinner rush hours. Despite the crowd and a crew busy with closing chores, the place was immaculately clean and the service was warm and friendly.
The menu features 9 hamburgers, as well as three additional sandwich options: turkey, portabella mushroom, and fish. Burger toppings range from the traditional lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard on The Front Porch Burger ($5.50) to the Voodoo Burger ($6.95) topped with absinthe-sauteed mushrooms, swiss cheese and Tabasco mayonnaise. They also offer salads and “loaded” sides like Chili Cheese Fries.
I went with the recommendation of the friendly Grub staffer helping me at the counter and ordered the Lockhart Legend Burger ($7.95) which comes stacked with fried onions, Applewood smoked bacon, smoked cheddar, sliced dill pickles and Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. The burger arrived at my table within a few minutes of ordering and stood four or five inches tall on my plate. Grub bakes buns and grinds premium beef for patties on a daily basis and I could taste the freshness and quality. The sweet, tangy Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce and crispy, batter fried onions were the perfect complement to this melt-in-your-mouth bacon cheeseburger. It did not last 2 minutes on my plate.
On the side, I got Sweet Potato Fries ($2.25), fresh cut and seasoned with sea salt and rosemary. I must admit I love ketchup on my fries, or “fries with my ketchup” as some say, but the seasoning and flavor of the sweet potatoes compelled me to eat quite a few of Grub’s perfectly prepared fries “naked” before dipping into the ketchup.
To wash down all that deliciousness, I ordered one of their Ice Cream Shakes ($4), offered in 7 flavors including the standards as well unique ones like Nutella and Twinkie. In addition to shakes and the standard soda fountain options, Grub also has a full bar shakes “spiked” with liquor and specialty martinis. My choice was the Salted Caramel Shake. The sweet, salty flavor was a real treat. I am glad I have no idea how to make a shake that awesome at home, as they could become addictive.
When you do a your tastebuds a favor and head over to Grub Burger Bar, you’ll be doing the local economy a favor too. While Grub has the look and feel of a successful gourmet burger chain, it is a locally owned and operated business with only one location, so far.
Storefront Image Credit: Grub Burger Bar
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Throwback Thursday! This review was written by the Brazos Reporter’s David Flash back when the Grub Burger Bar chain only had one location. It was originally published in Maroon Weekly and on the Eat BCS website.