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Everybody wins with the Golden Rule at Grub Burger Bar

The "G" in Grub stands for "good people." As Megan Braniff Klock, one of the Grub partners said, "We really do believe in the Golden Rule — treat others as you like to be treated. For us, that applies to everybody — customers and employees."

The "R" stands for "real food." At Grub, they take their commitment to real food seriously. As customers stand in line waiting for orders, many are entertained by watching the bun baker roll out the dough and create a pan of hamburger buns to bake. They make their buns from scratch every hour. They grind their hamburger meat (half chuck and half brisket) every morning. They grind their turkey daily and hand chop their tuna and salmon. Of course, they make their own veggie burger with a mixture of chickpeas, eggplants and more. They even make their own sauces — pesto, barbecue and chipotle aioli. With the emphasis on fresh, handmade ingredients and an array of salads on the menu, making healthy choices at Grub comes easier than most guests may initially believe.

The "U" stands for a unique vibe.

And, the "B" stands for big flavors — peanut butter Thai, bourbon and caramel, craft beers, tequila lime aioli, battered onion rings and more.

So far, Acadiana's response to the grub that Grub is offering has been overwhelming, according to Klock. Just ask 14-year-old Calvin Gaiennie from Opelousas. On his way home from a weeklong school hiking trip to North Carolina, he texted his mom, Amy Gaiennie, and said, "Pick me up from the airport and let's head straight to Grub. I'm hungry and want real food."

Klock, who grew up in Lafayette, said she knew the region would have high expectations for the restaurant.

"We knew coming in that Lafayette is a food town — and they expect good service and excellent food," Klock said. "We are happy and grateful that we've been so well received."

Klock said the most popular sandwiches on the menu are the Guacopotle (chipotle aioli, cheddar cheese and handmade guacamole) and the Lockhart Legend (applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese house-made Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce, topped with two hand-battered onion rings and sliced dill pickles).

Sheridan Barrington, a recent Comeaux High grad, started working as a server at Grub when it opened. It's her first job. She says she can "feel the Golden Rule" as she works. Barrington said her personal favorite is the Jive Turkey — it's 100 percent turkey breast and pesto seasoned, with bacon, Swiss, sprouts, avocado and chipotle aioli on a wheat bun.

"It's always juicy, and the wheat buns are perfect with it — it's satisfying," she said.

Grub regular, Elizabeth Lyons, of Lafayette, agrees.

"I love Grub's turkey burger. It's got great texture — more of a chopped turkey than ground," Lyons said. "I've never tried anything else there because I can't not order the turkey burger!"

In keeping with the Golden Rule philosophy, Klock encourages customers to note the "Buns Benefitting ..." board located along the wall just before customers order. "Our guests can take yesterday's buns and put a donation in the lock box and we donate all the money to a local charity," she said.

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