Yummy Grub opened its doors for business on April 1, 2009, and has quickly become a favorite lunch choice among other business owners and employees working nearby.
Jeff, the owner, is there everyday, cooking up breakfast in the morning, stacking subs and tossing salads for lunch, blending the shakes, and making his own homemade ice cream. "We make our own, homemade ice cream, right here!" he exclaimed proudly, handing me a sample. And sure enough, it didn't disappoint.
He even has BBQ grills set up outside "I do hamburgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks..." he went on to say. He even supplies grub for parties too.
Jeff was also quite proud of the meats he uses for sandwiches. He pulled out packages of Boar's Head brand ham, beef, turkey, and pastrami. "It's really good pastrami" he said while handing me a sample. "It's low fat, and very lean."
|Yummy Grub proudly serves Boar's Head brand meats|
But while business has been tough, he didn't want to draw attention to himself, but instead wished his all of his neighboring businesses could get more publicity. "What 's needed is for the whole Bradley Business Center to get more attention. That's what we need", he went on to say.
And it appears he has a lot of fans.
One of Yummy Grub's walls is covered with paper plates where customers have written their names and recorded the date, similar to how patrons of a bar staple dollar bills to the ceiling. "This is just something my customers do" pointing to the paper plates. "They sign their plates, and hang it on the wall."
Jeff's been in the restaurant and food business for quite some time. When he lived in Las Vegas he worked many years as a maître d for Top of The World Restaurant at the Stratosphere Casino. Then he worked for Mrs. Field's Cookies also in Vegas.
Later, he got a job as a truck driver, but had to quit after an injury. "I tore my ACL playing basketball at my house" he explained. "So I decided to get back into the restaurant business". When asked what brought him to Menifee he answered, "Well, I used to live in Sin City, so I decided I had to live in Sun City."
One of his biggest fans is Gus Hernandez who runs Quantum Fitness. "Jeff's a great guy. I've been coming here since the day he first opened" Gus explained. "He takes great care of his customers!"
One day Gus was visiting Yummy Grub and noted that Jeff had a bag of oats behind the counter. That's when he approached Jeff with the idea of creating a special fitness shake based on Gus' homemade recipe. Together they created the "Quantum Shake", a blend of banana, peanut butter, chocolate ice cream, whey protein, oatmeal, and milk. And you can only get it at Yummy Grub.
"The Quantum Shake is not on the menu, but just ask for it and I'll be glad to make it for anyone" Jeff says. Gus went on to add, "It's a perfect shake for pre-workouts and cool downs."
Jeff whipped up a batch of Quantum Shake, and let me try a sample. I could taste the peanut butter, and was actually pretty good.
|Jeff and Gus showing off the Quantum Shake|
But amidst the proliferation of Subways and Submarinas in Menifee, Yummy Grub is managing to survive by competing on what the national chains can't do: provide great service. Whether it's making Gus' Quantum Shake, or making fresh ice cream by hand everyday, offering up Boar's Head deli meats, or firing up the BBQ for whoever wants a burger, Jeff's there doing it all.
29800 Bradley Rd, Ste 120
Menifee, CA 92586
Mon-Sat: 8:30am - 8:30pm
Sun: 9:00am - 6:00pm
|Yummy Grub, inside the Bradley Business Center|
|Paper plates adorn the wall at Yummy Grub|
|Farmer's Insurance is next door to Yummy Grub|
|Tanglez Salon is across the parking lot from Yummy Grub|