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Hubba

24 North Main St., Port Chester, NY - (914) 939-7271
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/24/2010 11:43:00 AM
The sign outside says Hubba, but long-time fans call it Pat's, honoring the former owner who named it Pat's Hubba Hubba. Before that, it was Texas Quick Lunch, a diner we well remember from the earliest days of our Roadfood travels for its hot, hot chili and kindly waitresses. Few people come to Hubba for chili all by itself (although it can be ordered solo); the house specialty is a chili dog, known hereabouts as a Texas hot. Actually, there is a full menu written in permanent marker on white paper plates tacked to the wall, but I would reckon that 9 out of 10 meals served are hot dogs blanketed with no-bean, ground-beef chili and garnished with crisp chopped onions. It is a wanton combo – hot, greasy and messy – but with a personality so intense that when the yen for one strikes, not even prime filet mignon will cut the mustard. Those who need more sustenance than a brace of chili dogs get chili cheese fries on the side. To drink: Hubba water, which is tap water tinted pink by a dash of Hawaiian Punch.

Hubba's chili dogs are famous as the kill-or-cure conclusion to a night of heavy drinking. The restaurant stays open until just before dawn on weekends. No wider than an apartment hallway with only about a dozen counter seats, it is known also for its eye-boggling décor: every available piece of wall and ceiling is wallpapered with dollar bills.

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What is wrong with this picture? No onions! A split and grilled hot dog topped with bean-free, ground-beef chili calls out for a scattering of crisp, cool onions on top.
"What is wrong with this picture? No onions! A split and grilled hot dog topped with bean-free, ground-beef chili calls out for a scattering of crisp, cool onions on top."
Michael Stern





Carlos Magan stirs the chili that continuously steams up the window at the front of Hubba.
"Carlos Magan stirs the chili that continuously steams up the window at the front of Hubba."
Michael Stern


Not for the fastidious greasephobe, Hubba's chili quite literally swims in oil. Few people order it all by itself, but the management was happy to let us sample a dish. They warned that we might find it too hot. It was not ferocious and in fact it had a rather pleasant grainy texture and rich beef taste. But after several forkfuls, we agreed that it was much better in concert with a hot dog.
"Not for the fastidious greasephobe, Hubba's chili quite literally swims in oil. Few people order it all by itself, but the management was happy to let us sample a dish. They warned that we might find it too hot. It was not ferocious and in fact it had a rather pleasant grainy texture and rich beef taste. But after several forkfuls, we agreed that it was much better in concert with a hot dog."
Michael Stern


You are looking at pretty much all there is to Hubba, front to back. Note the wallpaper (and ceiling paper).
"You are looking at pretty much all there is to Hubba, front to back. Note the wallpaper (and ceiling paper)."
Michael Stern


Much of Hubba's menu is sandwiches, but if you get eggs for breakfast early in the morning (or very late at night), these forks set out on the counter will come in handy.
"Much of Hubba's menu is sandwiches, but if you get eggs for breakfast early in the morning (or very late at night), these forks set out on the counter will come in handy."
Michael Stern


There has been a cheap-eats joint located in this spot on Port Chester's Main Street for decades.
"There has been a cheap-eats joint located in this spot on Port Chester's Main Street for decades."
Michael Stern



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