Dr. Grubb’s, Claremont

Two years ago I discovered Dr. Grubb’s, and I’ve never looked back. It’s a small restaurant in the village, with enough seating for maybe 20 or so. The restaurant is set up with three categories- proteins, sides and sauces. The proteins offered are blackened chicken, herb-grilled chicken, salmon (prepared with the same two options as the chicken), grilled tofu and tiger shrimp. I always switch off between the two chicken options, and am never disappointed. I tried the tofu for the first time last week, and was surprised by how flavourful it was! I’m usually skeptical of tofu that isn’t prepared asian style, (aka with the help of lots of spices) but this tofu held its shape and was really nicely prepared. The sides range from veggies to pasta to salad, but I always go for the same three- their roasted baby potatoes, couscous or sauteed veggies. The potatoes are incredible, and definitely everyone’s favourite- they are crunchy and bursting with flavour. The couscous has a really nice lemony flavour that pairs with all of the sauces and protein options wonderfully, and the veggies include baby corn- always a win in my book. They also have a variety of sauces; the garlic apple aioli, lemon-thyme vinaigrette and honey mustard tend to be my favourites. You order proteins, sides and sauces in whatever combination you like- there’s really no way to go wrong here. And the employees are absolutely wonderful- a few summers ago I became a daily customer, and they were always there to greet me with a smile (and some extra couscous if I’m having a particularly poor day). Two years later, and they still recognize my voice over the phone! It’s the perfect balance of a mom and pop restaurant, and healthy, delicious food that’s acceptable to eat every day. As I write this, I’m already craving Dr. Grubb’s again- looks like I know where I’ll be eating tomorrow!

– priya

Blackened Chicken with Couscous

Blackened Chicken with Veggies and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Blackened Chicken with Couscous, Veggies and Garlic Apple Aioli 

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