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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dining Out: Grub

This past week I've been in Las Vegas for work - hence the sporadic and off schedule posts. If you don't travel a lot for work you might think this is super exciting. It is sort of. First, we have a per diem amount with limits for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner. In Vegas it's hard to eat well. It's hard to find variety. Breakfasts have consisted of a fruit cup and coffee (approximately $10). The majority of lunches have been a hot dog and fries (approximately $10).

I'm all for comfort food, but only when it's done right. A couple of weeks ago, cubes and I dined at Grub in San Francisco. We'd been in the mood for something new and the two new hot spots we were thinking of were either not open or limited in Eden-friendly options. We'd walked by Grub before but it's typically super busy. We lucked out - there was a table for two with our names on it.
Our Table


I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of all things fried. My favorite side at Grub is their Sweet Potato Fries. (They blow the Sweet Potato Fries at Burger Bar away - trust me on this.) The only thing I would change about Grub's fries is the pairing. They come with a side of mayonnaise; I'd swap this out for a sweet (not vinegar based) barbecue sauce. I had this pairing at a pub in New York and now think warm barbecue sauce with Sweet Potato Fries is the perfect bite.
Sweet Potato Fries

Two plates that didn't quite do it for me were the Prawn Corn Dogs and the Local Dungeness Crab Cakes.
Prawn Corndogs

For the corn dogs the texture just wasn't right. And for the crab cakes the temperatures weren't balanced. The slaw was just out of the fridge cold which sapped the heat from the crab cakes. (I've got more photos from our dinner on Flickr.)
Crab Cakes

I'd definitely go back for the Sweet Potato Fries and maybe a burger. (Don't get me wrong, I love hamburgers. Unfortunately most gourmet burgers are served with buns made with milk or drizzled in butter. If I'm going to eat beef straight up, I prefer a steak.)

What comfort foods do you crave when you're traveling?

Bon Apetit!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for Recipes for the Good Life.

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