November 15th, 2011

Location: 4328 Main Street, Vancouver  View Google Map
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My boyfriend is notoriously picky when it comes to restaurants. He seems convinced that there are very few in Vancouver that don’t charge exorbitant prices and can prepare food better than he can. I am always apprehensive about trying a new place with him as it usually results in an endless stream of criticism that can really put a damper on a night out. Grub, a tiny Main street neighbourhood spot, is one of the few places I can take him worry free. We first checked out this easy-to-miss restaurant a few years ago on the recommendation of friends. When we arrived, the dimly lit ten-table restaurant was packed. It’s a very relaxed space with small wooden tables and globe lighting – the perfect local spot with a palpable Main street vibe, without the hipster attitude. One wall is adorned with two large blackboards featuring the daily fresh sheet. While Grub does have a small menu, it’s best to order one of the daily specials, organized by protein, as these typically are far superior to the permanent offerings. It is also an excellent place to take a vegetarian as the fresh sheet always includes one vegetarian and one vegan option. The dishes are inventive, gigantic and delicious, with taste combinations that may seem bizarre yet always seem to work. There’s no point in reviewing any particular food item as the menu changes constantly, but I have been many, many times with different people and no one has ever not enjoyed their meal. Grub’s cocktails are also superb. The Prohibition Punch is a personal favourite and great to share with a group. There’s something very charming about having a large punch bowl and ladle sit in the center of the table; it’s the perfect antidote to a long, stressful workweek. Be sure to make a reservation for weekend evenings, otherwise you’ll be waiting a long time for a table. (SR)

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