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Grub Restaurant?

Watching reruns of Top Chef, and noticed that one of the contestants has a restaurant in Hollywood (http://www.grub-la.com/index.html ). Has anyone been to this place? Is it good? (Embarrassingly, they're like five blocks from my house, and I've never heard of them.)

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  1. It's a real lunch place. Especially for all those post house people. J. Gold wrote very favorably of it a couple years back.

    1. Agree with Hershey. It's good for lunch. The service is good, but it fills up around Hollywood lunch time (12:30 - 2:00). I get there early and I'm always in and out.

      1. As much as I like the lunch at Grub, i LOVE the breakfasts. It's agreat place...good food, reasonably priced, with an exceptional atmosphere and friendly service.

        1. great breakfasts - lots of people RAVE about their bacon...

          1. I love going to grub for breakfast! There aren't as many people in the mornings and their breakfast foods rock! There's a very comfy feel to the food, the people, and the place. It's like having breakfast at your favorite aunt's place. She's inviting, she feeds you good food, and she makes you feel all nice and warm inside.

            1. I've been there for brunch. It was definitely good, but nothing incredibly special. It's worth going to since you live in the area, but it's not worth going out of your way for. Actually, I am LESS likely to go there again after watching Top Chef--I really disliked her personality on the show. Histrionic, bossy, and bullying.

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              1. re: Nicole

                Between her being an idiot and the obnoxiously worded (and silghtly high priced for what it is) menu, it's hard to consider it even tho things sound good.

              2. David, I recall posts on this place as far back as 2003. Here is a review from 2005 by Lil Mikey:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/75281

                1. I read all the good reviews and was excited to check it out for a Saturday brunch. The place is really cute but the food was overpriced and overrated. The blueberry lemonade we'd heard so much about was watered down and tasted artificial. I still prefer the likes of Doughboys or Toast amongst many others to Grub.

                  1. I joined a friend at Grub for lunch a couple of weeks ago- it's one of his favorite spots in LA. It's a lovely garden spot. Walking in through the gate, I felt like I was being led into someone's private hideaway. I forgot there was a street out there. There were morning glories or some similar sort of vining flower draped all over the trellises and walls and the umbrella-d tables offered cool rest from the sun. Though all the tables outside were filled, it was quiet and conversation was easily audible. Service was amazing prompt and friendly for LA.

                    We were advised to try the big icey glasses of the blueberry lemonade. Delicious! I think the phrase "nectar of the gods" might have been thrown about. Sometimes the simplest things are the best. I had a heavenly tomato cream soup to start and a yummy Mama Mia home-made veggie burger. Both were full of flavor and served right off the stove- nice and hot! I wish more LA kitchens would take notes on how to accomplish that. My omnivore friends enjoyed their turkey and chicken sandwiches, both of which appeared to be really nicely dressed. My pal's roasted new potatoes were totally yummy and nearly made me regret my choice of the side salad with my sandwich. (The dressing was pretty awesome though, so it was a tie!)

                    There were ample vegetarian choices on the lunch menu at this little Hollywood oasis and I'll certainly stop back on my next visit to LA to try some more!