Friday, 16 September 2011

Grubbs Burgers, Brighton

I rode down to Brighton last Sunday afternoon to look at thousands of motorbikes parked along the front and also to sample what a quick bit of googling told me was the best burger in town. Grubbs Burgers name kept popping up on review sites for Brighton with 5 star reviews, lots of love from students and the local community, and recommendations for the Malaysian burger with its peanut butter topping. 

I found Grubbs nestled in a quaint parade of coffee shops and bars on St. James's Street. Walking in you are met with a huge menu board on the wall and far too many choices of burger for my liking. I went with the Malaysian burger as i'm a fan of a peanut butter topping (The best example of a PB burger is the Steak Louisiana burger at Hache in Camden, its ace). A single patty burger, fries and a coke came to £5.50. Quite a surprise and instantly made me think that this place was either super bargainous or i was going to recieve a pretty average burger. I asked what size the burgers were and the chef held up a stack of presumably wholesale-bought patties in a gloved hand. Not sure if they had just come out of the freezer or not but its a pretty likely assumption. I took a seat and waited in the little three table seating area annex. The chef brought my order over about 10 mins later. Grubbs have a cool looking smiling burger logo, and everything in there is branded up, just like a good burger chain should be!
The Malaysian burger came with an averagely fresh but bog standard burger bun, and a thin patty that reminded me of roadside burger van burgers. Fortunately this well cooked patty had a meaty consistency and plenty of seasoning on the grill helped make it fairly tasty. It came topped with shredded lettuce, crunchy peanut butter and a chili sauce. It worked pretty well and i demolished it in about 30 seconds i was so hungry. The fries were ok, similar in look to, but less crunchy than McDs fries. All in all a decent burger when considering it only cost £2.95. This place stays open till 1am at the weekend and i can see them doing a roaring trade with the post bar/club crew on their way home, in need of something to absorb the alcohol. Its good to see independent burger spots doing well, i believe there are 2 or 3 Grubbs venue's in Brighton. Next time i'm in need of a burger  in Brighton i'll continue the search though, as i'm pretty sure this town can do better than this. But i'd happily come back if it was after midnight, i was half cut and needed something to eat.


Burgers from £3-6 depending on single, double or triple patty, many varieties to choose from.
89 St James's Street, Brighton BN2 1TP

8 comments:

  1. You sniffy prick. Grubbs are wonderful

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  2. Last time I went to St.James' street (years ago) I was disappointed in the standard, maybe things have changed since then but generally I stick to York Place and it's a Malaysian everytime. A thing of beauty. On a side note, The Basketmakers Arms used to do a delicious homemade burger, might be worth checking out.

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    1. Thanks Dan, i'll investigate the Basketmasters, although the next Brighton spot on my list is The New Club.

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  3. Burger brothers. Check em out next time. Trolls pantry standard. If not better.

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  4. Thanks for the heads up Mark, i'll check em out.
    I hit the New Club this week and really liked their burgers. Review coming soon on that one.

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  5. Next time you are in Brighton, give Burger Off a try! I was disappointed with Grubbs, but Burger Off always hit the spot.

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  6. You have to try woodies diner, probably the best burger in Brighton http://www.woodiesdiner.com/

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