Grubbs

Grubbs

I’ve been a little absent lately amongst preparations for starting a new job and leaving another, but I’m back now with promises of being a better blogger and a review all about… GRUBBS. A big part of me thinks you’ll know it well.

Grubbs, York Place
Grubbs, York Place

When I first moved here last year, there was a name that kept popping up all over the place: Grubbs. “I was really craving a Grubbs the other night”, “Ah I used to love Grubbs when I was a student”, “You  mean you haven’t been to Grubbs yet?!”. But it wasn’t for a full six months until we first tried it. And at first I didn’t think I understood the fuss. Perhaps it’s just a Brighton locals thing, I thought.

Until I found myself craving them. On summer evenings, after a long day in town or several drinks at the pub, I even long for one if I see it on Instagram.

On the way to a gig the other night we needed to stop somewhere quick and cheap for a bite. So where else? We hit up the Grubbs in York Place and ordered two double bacon beef burgers with some large fries to share (which are huge!), whilst I pondered just what it is we all love about it.

It’s an unashamedly no frills burger, but there is just something about this honesty, those slices of plastic cheese and neighbourhood-barbecue-like beef patties. This combination, sandwiched against oozing sauce and salad, creates that satisfying dirty burger experience we all know and love. But a dirty burger is nothing without its partner in crime, and that’s where the crispy golden fries come in. For just over £2.00 for a large portion, it’s a great sharer and you can salt these babies until your heart’s content (maybe literally).

Double bacon beef burger and fries
Double bacon beef burger and fries

Grubbs as a third place?

This is an interesting territory, as it doesn’t fit that third place pillar of community life, but you can’t deny the go-to aspect that Grubbs instills. For some, it’s the go-to after an evening of drinking, and others it might be the go-to for a salty craving or a hangover.

I mean, sure, it’s never going to be Brighton’s best burger, but Grubbs certainly seems to hold a special place amongst the hearts of Brightonians and there’s no doubt it’ll go down in local history.

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