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 sincere smile, and 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.