Dining out solo is never really any fun: there's no one to share a conversation or food with, but at least you don't have to shoot super-ugly bounty hunters under the table. Dine like you've left your nerf-herding days behind you, thanks to Grub With Us.
Primed to launch in PDX, Grub is an online social dining club allowing food-natics to share limited-seating prix fixe meals in some of the city's best spots with complete strangers, a service conceived when some Chi-town college chums vowed not to be kept at home just because their "circle was shrinking", mostly because their friends heard a rumor that it's actually more hip to be square.
After creating a profile and giving a sense of yourself with stuff like "Interesting Facts" (A whale's penis is actually made of bone! Do it!), browse dinners, check out folks who signed up to see if they look
doable friendly, then pre-pay, which eliminates the awkward check-splitting conversation, because some people just don't know crap about the 1993 creation of separate Czech Republic and Slovakian states.
Signing up today will get you shout-outs on pre-launchers like an exclusive Thrillist affair at the Pearl District's 50 Plates, rocking Draper Valley fried chicken with collards, a Miami-style paella packed with shellfish, chicken, and chorizo, and to finish, blueberry crisp with "Corn Ice Cream", which the scythe-wielding children of Nebraska make Linda Hamilton scream for.
They’re also already teaming with hitters like Irving Street Kitchen and Clyde Common, and hoping to create a service that’ll allow you to make your own private parties, just by telling them how many people you'd like to have and where you'd like to go, which because you're not going solo, most likely will not involve any wretched hive of scum and villainy.