Thanksgiving Survival Guide

 

And just like that… it’s November!

Some radio stations are already playing holiday tunes, the leaves have turned and are starting to fall, and that Mercedes Benz commercial with Santa Claus is already in full rotation. You know the one.

Now that Halloween is all boxed up and packed away in the attic/garage, our sights are set on the next big holiday: Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving shares the title of “most anticipated feast of the year” for many. But it’s also earned the distinction (if you want to call it that) of being the least anticipated family gathering of the year for about as many. As life just gets busier and busier, Thanksgiving tends to sneak up on all of us. And that’s not great news.

Thanksgiving might require more preparation than any other holiday, and yet we allow it to sneak up on us like that grumpy green guy who hates that other big winter holiday. Still, that’s no excuse to be Grinchy. If you can’t thrive this Thanksgiving, at least survive it.

At Grub, we want only the best for you. Here’s our Thanksgiving survival guide to get you through the big (turkey) day:

The Early Bird Gets the Early Bird

We’ve all seen it happen before. Some procrastinator thinks they can snap up a turkey at the last minute. We almost envy their moxie. But, by the time they make it to the supermarket, it’s slim pickings. And now no one’s campaigning for the honor of getting to carve the Thanksgiving SPAM.

If there’s one thing not to put off on, it’s the main course. Get your bird as soon as you can to ensure that mystery meat doesn’t spoil your Thanksgiving cornucopia.

And don’t think that your grocer is your only option. Grabbing some of your Thanksgiving grub from, well, Grub is always a smooth move. In fact, our mac n’ cheese, Brussels sprouts, or a few of our Stuffing Your Face sandwiches are more than enough to do the trick.

Finally, always remember that there’s more than one way to cook a turkey. And there are no dumb questions. Well, OK, maybe there are a few that aren’t worth asking.

Get Some Prep in Your Step

Speaking of procrastination, there’s more to a successful Turkey Day than just buying a turkey. Make sure your house is in order. Keep it clean leading up to the big day. Eat on paper plates with plastic utensils leading up to it if you have to.

Equally important? Making sure you have the right cooking implements and gadgets. That means using an actual casserole dish to bake your green bean casserole, setting aside another actual casserole dish for the stuffing, and candying those yams in yet another actual casserole dish. So, yeah, we’re basically saying that now is the time to stock up on casserole dishes.

Dietary Buzzkills

Any nut allergies? Vegans? Vegetarians? What about that cousin of yours? Is she still doing Whole30?

Make sure you find out ahead of time. If you don’t feel like customizing the Thanksgiving meal based on your guests’ dietary restrictions, maybe you really aren’t the hostess with the mostest.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

You can’t do all this on your own. Meet with your guests weeks in advance and ask if others can bring something. There’s nothing wrong with a good Thanksgiving potluck. Plus, your vegan aunt can bring her Quinoa Surprise, giving you one less thing to worry about (flavor aside).

Moreover, don’t be shy about asking for help on the big day. Have someone set the table while you cook, wash while you dry, and watch the game for you while you nap.

Your Plus One

If you’re not the one hosting, be sure you get your host’s blessing before bringing along that new hottie from Tinder. Or even that new friend. Remember: mom’s house, mom’s rules.

Double Booked

On that note, be sure not to overextend yourself on Thanksgiving. We’ve heard of people doing three Thanksgiving meals in one day! Not only is that a lot of turkey, but it’s also a lot of travel on a day that’s meant for R&R. Limit it to only two (or just one if you can).

Conversation No-Fly Zone

Religion… politics… you know the drill. Maybe one of the reasons you don’t like Thanksgiving is because dinner often resembles a scene from 12 Angry Men. Be the voice of reason. Steer the conversation to something light, like the weather, or the distinction between Kantian deontology and Utilitarianism (jk).

If you’re still not sure, here are eight phrases you should never say while seated at the holiday table.

So Now What?

OK, the meal is done, and now everyone is sitting around not sure what to do. There’s always a second helping of dessert or endless football. But that might not be for everyone. How about more bonding, then? With that in mind, here’s a list of games to play with the whole family as everyone works to fight off the drowsy side effects of tryptophan.

Old Traditions and New

Most importantly, Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends. Make the most of it. Honor traditions of old, but maybe establish some new ones as well. Sing songs around the piano, or get to crafting. Even if you don’t have enough macaroni noodles and hot glue to go around, you can use your hand and some crayons. Fire up your imagination!

If our Thanksgiving Survival Guide doesn’t tide you over, here’s another good resource to help you get through Thanksgiving in one piece. Or this one.

Happy Turkey Day from your friends at Grub!

Boos + Booze Blog

Halloween boos + booze

 

You can’t spell “booze” without “Boo!” At least that’s the mantra around here at Grub Burger Bar this October. As All Hallow’s Eve creeps nearer and nearer, we can’t help but get in the spooky spirit. So spooky we’re nearly shaking.

Speaking of shaking, our boozy shakes are also getting in on the Halloween spirit this year. We’ve even heard them around the office chatting about what costumes they’ll be wearing for the holiday. They’re always up to something, those boozy shakes! Normally we don’t partake in spoilers (we’re still mad someone ruined Homeland for us), but we’re too excited not to share.

Tipsy Worms & Dirt

Costume: Tipsy Count Chocula.

It only makes sense for Tipsy Worms & Dirt to go as one of his heroes. He’ll adorn his finest black cape and count things he sees all night, starting with the scoops of ice cream that go inside him. One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, four!

DIY This Shake: If you were hoping to recreate this shake at home for a fun Halloween-themed treat (no tricks about it), all you need is some chocolate vodka, crushed Oreos and gummy worms, plus your typical shake ingredients (ice cream and/or milk). But don’t be alarmed if it isn’t as good as ours. We’re sort of pros at shake-makin’.

Boozy Mint Chocolate Chip

Costume: A Parisian.

What can we say? Boozy Mint Chocolate Chip is obsessed with all things France. She’ll have the beret, the red scarf and striped shirt, the baguette and glass of wine — everything. Since all of her ingredients are French (creme de cacao and creme de menthe), it only makes sense.

DIY This Shake: Just blend together vodka, creme de cacao, creme de menthe, Andes mints, ice cream and milk and voilà!

Bourbon & Caramel

Costume: A bootlegger.

He’s obsessed with Boardwalk Empire and other Prohibition-era gangsters. When he’s not at Grub, he’s probably at the local speakeasy wetting his whistle. No surprises here.

DIY This Shake: In case you were wondering what goes into our Bourbon & Caramel shake… well… come on now. You can figure that one out.

ET Drunk Dial

Costume: E.T.

We know, we know. Duh, right? He’s an odd duck, that E.T. Drunk Dial. Halloween is his favorite holiday, simply because he can wrap a white blanket around his head, sit in a milk carton box and say “E.T. phone home” all day long. We’re starting to worry about him…

DIY This Shake: This is a fun one. Chocolate vodka, Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter, chocolate and a peanut butter cookie + ice cream and milk. Goes well with jelly. Doesn’t go well with peanut allergies.

Dirty Kitchen Sink

Costume: A French maid.

The Dirty Kitchen Sink gets a little self-conscious about being called “dirty” all the time, so her costumes always err on the side of clean. While the maid part was her idea, we think the French part was Boozy Mint Chocolate Chip’s idea…

DIY This Shake: We’d say “Don’t try this at home,” but we know no one follows that advice. You may need a grocery store run for this one. Chocolate vodka, pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds and potato chips. Oh my!

Think you can top those costumes? Bring it on. More specifically, bring it on into your nearest Grub Burger Bar. Our boozy shakes are dying to see you. Mwahahaha! Happy Halloween!

Breast Cancer Awareness at Grub

Grub Breast Cancer Awareness

When you think of Grub, what comes to mind? Burgers and fries and chicken tenders and salads and shakes and beer and yes, even Brussels sprouts and tabouleh, right?

We thought that’s what you were thinking.

But there’s more to us than that. It’s not just chorizo queso, mac n’ cheese with bacon and ahi tuna bowls round the clock here. (Actually, it is a lot of that, but we digress…)

This October, when you think of Grub, think pink.

We’re very honored to announce that we’re teaming up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All month long, your favorite burger bar (that’s us) will be serving a very special Pink Velvet Shake. And it’s very special because we’ll be donating $1 from the proceeds of every Pink Velvet Shake sale to Dine Out for the Cure®, benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Why This Matters

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one in eight women are affected by breast cancer every year in the United States. That’s why we’re taking our initiative nationwide in support of the SGK cause, which provides grants and funding toward breast cancer research.

Our founder, Jimmy Loup, wants diners to know just how much this cause matters to the Grub family. “We’re a part of the neighborhood, and that means we’re here to help,” he says. “We always enjoy supporting local organizations through initiatives like our buns benefiting for community causes, auction donation items and our Grub Gives Back Program.”

How You Can Help

It’s pretty simple. You love our delicious shakes, right? Then pick up one of our Pink Velvet Shakes today — or two, or three, or four for the whole gang — and that’s $1, or $2, or $3 or even $4 you’ll be donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Now that’s one tasty way to pitch in.

So, instead of thinking of us as Jive Turkey Salads and cheese fries and Black Bean & Charred Corn Medleys (rather specific, but okay), think of us as one groovy place where you can help support those leading the fight against breast cancer. With hope and dedication, together we can beat this disease for good.

Stop in today at your nearest Grub Burger Bar to try our new Pink Velvet Shake, but only for a limited time.

What’s Your Grub Burger Horoscope?

Grub Burger Signs

 

At Grub, all signs point to a good time — Zodiac signs, that is. Whether or not you actually believe in the dubious art of astrology, it can still be fun to try to divine your personality traits and your future from your astrological sign.

So what’s your sign? We’ll read your horoscope and tell you what you should be ordering on your next visit to Grub.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) is known for being responsible and disciplined — a paragon of self-control. That’s why you’re all about our delicious but healthful California Chicken Bowl. It’s only 580 calories and is made with grilled chicken breast, bacon, black bean and corn medley, lettuce, Campari tomatoes, sprouts, queso fresco and ancho-lime vinaigrette.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) is progressive, original and independent. You water-bearers are always looking for new ways to mix things up, and so when you’re craving a sweet treat, you go for our Kitchen Sink, a handcrafted shake blended with pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds and potato chips.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20) is empathetic and artistic. Your sign is represented by the fish, so it’s only natural you’d be drawn to our Ahi Tuna bowl, featuring seared Ahi tuna, bacon, black bean and charred corn medley, lettuce, Campari tomatoes, avocado, queso fresco, sprouts and ancho-lime vinaigrette.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19) is audacious and ambitious, known for diving headfirst into whatever you pursue. So when it comes time to order, you look for something that burns as brightly as you — like our Blazin’ Chicken Sandwich, which features crispy fried chicken smothered in a blazin’ hot sauce, pickle aioli, pickles and a refreshing red cabbage slaw.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) is represented by the bull, but that doesn’t mean you’re not laid-back. You love nothing more than kicking back in serene environments, taking in the sights, sounds, smells and, of course, flavors. That’s why you love our $5 Ritas, which allow you to get your buzz on with Sauza Silver Tequila, orange liqueur, orange and fresh lime juice for only five buckaroos.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) is the sign of the twins. Whether or not you actually have an identical sibling, you’re interested in so many things you sometimes wish you could double yourself. We got your back with the Split Decision. You get your choice of two sides: Skinny Fries, Sweets or Onion Rings.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22) is represented by the crab, which splits its time between the sea and the shore. Similarly, you’re an intuitive soul, existing in both the emotional and material realms. The ultimate comfort food, our Mac ‘N’ Cheeseburger is an all-beef patty topped with mac ‘n’ cheese, cheese sauce and bacon. It’s reminiscent of childhood but rooted in the here and now.

LEO (July 23 – August 22) digs the notoriety and royal status that comes with being a lion. And so when you and your crew roll into Grub, you head straight for our Lockhart Legend, the most popular burger on our menu. It comes with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, Dr Pepper BBQ sauce, two onion rings and sliced dill pickles.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) is known for being a bit of a perfectionist. Logical, practical, systematic — that’s you! Our Napa Salad — made with mixed greens, arugula, goat cheese, strawberries, black Mission figs, toasted almonds and hazelnut vinaigrette — is the perfect order for such an orderly person.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) has a reputation for a natural flirtatiousness and a love for the finer things in life. You’re just the type to order a Prosecco split to go with your favorite burger. Why not?

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) is marked by passion and power. It only makes sense that you’d heat things up with the Scorpion burger, premium beef topped with pepper jack cheese, Trinidad Moruga scorpion sauce, grilled jalapeños, lettuce and tomato.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) is represented by the archer. You’re always on a quest for new adventure, so you don’t shy away from our Voo Doo Mushroom burger. It gets its kick from absinthe-sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and Tabasco mayo.

No matter what your Zodiac sign is, we’re seeing a trip to Grub in your future. It’s written in the stars!

5 Things We’re Looking Forward to This Summer

Grub Summer Margarita

And just like that, it’s Summer. It’s time to slow down and take it all in. To enjoy life with family and friends. To live large while the livin’s easy.

How do we love summer? Let us count the ways.

1. School’s out.

For some lucky kids, no school means staying up late and sleeping in. For everyone, it means no homework, no tests and way less stress. Breathe in and say it with us now: “Ahhhhh.” 

2. Vacation.

Warm sun, cool water and weird tan lines? Yes, please. Whether you’re headed to the beach or just spending a few days laying out by the pool, there’s nothing better than taking a little time off to reboot.

3. Seasonal sips.

There’s something about summer drinks that are just extra-fun, and at Grub, we’ve got more than our fair share (#shamelessplug). There’s the Five Dollar Rita (Sauza Silver Tequila, orange liqueur, orange and fresh lime juice), the Patron Mango Rita (Patron Silver Tequila, Patron Citronage Mango and fresh lime juice), our Back Porch Punch (Bacardi rum and fresh juices), our seasonal housemade sangria and the Peach Martini (Deep Eddy Peach vodka, pineapple and lime juice with a hint of jalapeno.)

And did we mention that Tequilatopia is happening July 15th – August 15th? And that means one wonderfully long month of $5 ritas! And by ‟$5 ritas” we mean all Grub Ritas. Refreshing, right?

4. Fireworks.

Who doesn’t love things that go boom? Come July 4, we’re all about those amazing pyrotechnic displays. The sights, the sounds — even the smells. We seriously can’t get enough.

5. Cooking with fire.

It’s prime backyard BBQ season. Grab some burgers and buns and get the party started. Bonus points for s’mores in the fire pit. (Psst… While we’re talking about the flavors of summer, you’ve only got four more days to run to Grub and grab our Cuban, which comes with caramelized onion mustard, Swiss, ham, citrus-braised pork and pickles on homemade garlic bread for just $6.50, and Bananas Foster Shake topped with sliced bananas and caramel. What can we say? Planned obsolescence isn’t just for smartphones.)


What are some of your favorite things about summer? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. And don’t forget to download our GrubLove app — we’ll be blasting some fun new things your way in July, but you’ve gotta sign up to get them!

Celebrate Mom at Grub this Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

They say Mother knows best. We say Mother deserves the best. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning something special for the woman who raised you… or who is raising your kids. Dads, pay attention!

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. The mom in your life is going to protest. She’s going to tell you she doesn’t want you to go to any trouble for her. She lies.

Secondly, regarding flowers — yes, you had better send flowers. Now, some (maybe even the woman of the hour herself) will argue that flowers simply wilt after a few days. But don’t let that logic distract you. A bouquet’s intensely ephemeral beauty is what makes it a perfect indulgence worthy of Mother’s Day.

And speaking of indulgence, there’s a good chance the mom in your life is way overdue for some me (read: she) time. Book a massage, a mani/pedi… you know, some good old-fashioned pampering. (And, while she’s away, think about putting the kids into chore overdrive.)

But that isn’t to say that every Mother’s Day needs to carry a hefty price tag. Sometimes the best things in life are free, and — honestly — Mother’s Day shouldn’t be a mere Hallmark moment. Supervise the kids while they draw the most beautiful cards she’s ever seen. Just stock up on the Magic Erasers first. They’re great at making crayon marks disappear from your walls.

Above all, don’t forget brunch! Breakfast in bed is great in theory, but you’re left with crumbs in the sheets and plenty of dirty dishes. Instead, we suggest skipping the mess and bringing Mom to Grub, where she can enjoy her choice of a complimentary mimosa or handcrafted shake (including our spiked shakes). Pair that bevvy with one of our delicious burgers and some onion rings, our light-but-decadent California Chicken Bowl or even our Pesto Turkey Cobb Salad and you’ve got a meal fit for a queen. Especially if you crown the whole thing with a fried egg.

And because we just can’t do enough for these special women, we’re honoring one lucky momma with a spa day. Enter to win on her behalf by visiting our Facebook page, tagging your mom and telling us why she deserves a little “treat yo’self” action. We’ll name the winner on May 11.

Thanks for all you do. Happy Mother’s Day from Grub!

Everything you ever wanted to know about April Fools Day

They say there’s no fool like an April Fool. And at Grub Burger Bar, we’re all about some good-natured shenanigans. But why do we celebrate April Fools on the first of the month by playing pranks on our friends each year?

Here’s a quick history of this hilarious holiday:

Since then, there have been some significant grand-scale gags throughout the years. A few of our favorites include:

If you’re looking for a prank-free zone this April Fools, come see us at Grub — our burgers are no joke. Sure, some of them — like our Guacapotle™, our Mac ‘N’ Cheeseburger and our Voo Doo Mushroom — go a little bit beyond the ordinary. But with buns baked fresh every hour, house-made sauces and dressings, and, of course, our signature blend of 100 percent fresh ground beef, these are some serious eats for serious people.

OK, maybe scratch that last part.

Happy April Fools Day!

Catch the Madness this March at Grub!

March College Basketball

Have you caught the madness? For college hoops fans, March is the most exciting month of the year. It’s a time for brackets and pools. It’s also a time to celebrate Cinderellas, conference powerhouses and last-second heroics. In short, it’s hours and hours and hours of glorious, high-stakes basketball.

Naturally, we’re gladly feeling the insanity. And feeding it, too.

You see, when it comes to game-day nosh, we like to think we’re the top seed. What’s that, you say? Bias? Favoritism?

We’ll admit it. But hear us out.

Pizza is great and all, but it comes with the risk of messing up your team chemistry. What do you do when everyone wants a different topping? With burgers, you get your way every time – Bacon Love #9? Voodoo Mushroom — and you don’t have to share if you don’t want to. Not to mention all the possibilities! If you are not a carnivore, that is not a problem! You can rebound with Grub’s meatless Hippie Chickpea or limited time Ahi Tuna Burger, here all of March and April.

And then there are wings. Delicious? Absolutely. Messy? Absolutely. The great thing about burgers is that the bun keeps fingers relatively sauce-free. And, if you’re still worried about wearing your food, try our delicious Salmon Filet Bowl or California Chicken Bowl. They’re basically burgers you eat with a fork. No muss, no fuss!

As for nachos? Look, we love queso as much as the next person. That’s why we make our own Chorizo Queso. Yes, it’s amazing, and yes, you should get some. Obviously, it’s delicious with chips, and it also makes for a fantastic burger topping. Talk about a game-changer.

We know, we know. We’re stuffing the stat sheet here. But seeing our Grub in action is the only way to go. So why not join us this March? Whether your local Grub will have the tournament showing on the big screen or you just need some Grub to-go for your watch party, our burgers, shakes and drink specials are all slam dunks.

So get to Grub and get your championship on.

Bring all of the Grub to you with the debut of Grub Catering!

Grub Catering

Looking to feed a crowd? Lucky for you, we know how to please a crowd. And with the debut of Grub Catering, it’s never been easier to bring the flavors of Grub Burger Bar to your home or office.

Catering currently is available through our locations, in College Station, TX, City Centre (Houston, TX), Dallas, TX (Greenville Avenue only), Tyler, TX, Tallahassee, FL, Akers Mills (Atlanta, GA), Montgomeryville, PA, and North Wilmington, DE.

We’ll be rolling it out everywhere later in 2018, just in time for any event you might plan: tailgate, school function, company meeting, office lunch, holiday party or big get-together. Simply put: You’ve got mouths to feed, and we’ve got several options they’re sure to love.

First up, the burgers. Choose an assortment of up to three of our most popular burgers, including the Front Porch, the Guacapotle, the Lockhart Legend, the California Chicken, Bacon Love #9 and the Jive Turkey.

You can turn those burgers into boxed meals with the addition of individually portioned sides, such as Garden Salad or Onion Rings and brownies, or serve them buffet-style with side platters of Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Brussels Sprouts, Black Bean and Charred Corn Medley or Chorizo Queso with tortilla chips.

In addition to burgers, our catering options also include our Grilled Chicken Wrap, hand-cut and double-battered Harlem Chicken Tenders, Grilled Chicken Breast and Ground and Pesto Turkey Bowls, Napa Salad and Pesto Turkey Cobb Salad.

Thirsty? Round out your order with iced tea (your choice of mango, raspberry hibiscus, sweet or unsweetened) or bottles of water.

And don’t forget dessert. Our house-made brownies are sure to satisfy the sweetest of sweet tooths.

Ready to make some magic? Email your local store a day in advance for all catering requests, and you’ll receive a confirmation email that same day. (For larger parties, please provide us with at least 1 week’s advance notice.) We can’t wait to cater your next party or event!

Experience true bliss at Happier Hours every day at Grub

Happier Hours

There’s no such thing as too much happiness. So the concept of “happy hour” just isn’t going to cut it. Why limit bliss to only 60 minutes? And why settle for happy when you can be happier than happy? That’s why we’re getting the party going twice a day, every day, with our new Happier Hours at Grub Burger Bar.

You heard that right. Our first round of Happier Hours runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The encore begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until close. We do this seven days a week. That means that about half of your waking hours are designated Happier Hours. (We did the math.)

So what can you expect to enjoy during your Happier Hours?

How about $5 Cheese Fries? That’s an order of our famous skinny fries topped with melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar, bacon and our house-made jalapeño ranch.

Then there’s our Chorizo Queso. Just $5 gets you creamy queso topped with chorizo, ground beef and homemade guac, plus a generous helping of warm tortilla chips.

You also can get any of our spiked shakes for five bucks. The Bourbon & Caramel? Five bucks. The Boozy Mint Chocolate Chip? Also five bucks. Tipsy Worms & Dirt? Five bucks. ET Drunk Dial? Dirty Kitchen Sink? We think you know where we’re going with this.

Also on special are wines: the dry red blend 19 Crimes and Cupcake, a Sauvignon Blanc. Or celebrate Happier Hours with any of our bottled and draught beer (selection varies by location) or any of our signature cocktails.

And, of course, there’s always our Five Dollar Rita, made fresh with Sauza Silver Tequila, orange liqueur, orange and lime juice.

With so many options, mix it up and have it your way for even more happiness. Whenever the need for a little pick-me-up hits, head over to Grub Burger Bar with confidence. You can even set up a Happier Hours party with us. So contact your local Grub today to put your Happier Hours on the clock.

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