Grub: A Great Lunch Spot

Perfect for drop-in lunches and dinner with the kids, this Queen Anne spot is friendly and inviting.

By Seattle Mag January 29, 2013


This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine.

There’s a sunny feel to Sharon Woo Fillingim’s new Queen Anne eatery, Grub, in the former Ototo Sushi space on Queen Anne Hill. Perfect for drop-in lunches and dinner with the kids, it’s friendly and inviting, much like Le Rêve (the bakery Fillingim helped open a couple of years ago). At Grub, everyone sits on modern chartreuse chairs and, during the day, light pours in from the wall-to-wall windows. I like the place best at lunchtime, when I stop in for the ingenious soup of the day—an outstanding cod chowder one day, a lush roasted cauliflower version another ($3.95 for a cup; $5.95 for a bowl with bread from Grand Central Bakery)—and the Fishwich ($11), perfectly fried cod with house-made tartar sauce, lettuce and tomatoes on a soft brioche bun.

At night, I’ll return for the farro salad ($8), a creamy, crunchy, chewy mingling of avocado, toasted hazelnuts and the toothsome grain tarted up with grapefruit sections. But it’s hard to resist the peppery hamburger ($12) on a buttered and toasted brioche bun with grilled red onions, tomatoes, crisp iceberg lettuce and chipotle mayo. There are missteps: The BLAT (the A is for avocado hummus; $8.75) was a bummer one day: From the overly toasted bread to the anemic application of avocado, the usually indulgent sandwich tasted, well, healthy. And the lunchtime omelet—filled with roasted tomatoes, garlic, pesto, artichokes and spinach—was a little dry, too. But these are small complaints. Grub is welcoming, easy on the wallet and has charm to spare.

Brunch Sat.–Sun., lunch Tue.–Fri., dinner Tue.–Sat. Queen Anne, 7 Boston St.; 206.216.3628; $ Get directions


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