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Mother Hubbard's Cafe

14 W. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ - (520) 623-7976
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/12/2014 7:21:00 AM
Originally opened in 1973, Mother Hubbard’s Café became known to Tucsonians as a hash house with an extraordinarily cheap breakfast special of eggs, hash browns, and toast -- for all of 79 cents in the beginning. By the turn of the millennium, the price of the meal was up to $2; and today, it will cost you over $5. But almost nobody comes to Mother Hubbard’s any more for eggs, potatoes, and toast. They come for Contemporary Native American Comfort Food.

When Kelzi Bartholomael bought the place in 2010, her plan was to offer dishes that combined indigenous southwest ingredients – chile in particular – with native foodways (very little wheat is used) to create breakfasts and lunches that are unavailable anywhere else: blue corn and pine nut waffles, for example; chorizo sausage that is hot but also sweet; corned beef with a twist of Thai pickling spices. Ham is smoked on premises, sliced thin, soft as velvet. The Hollandaise on top of eggs Benedict is the consistency of light cream, pure and buttery. The English muffin underneath is made from a spectacularly sour sourdough that the menu advises is 75 years old.

I love the Pueblo green corn waffle, which is dotted with sweet corn kernels. When I waver on the choice of red or green chili to adorn it, waitress Faith asks, “You like spicy? You want green chile.” Yes, indeed, the chili is radiant, adding welcome zip to waffle and eggs. The coffee served alongside is blah, but orange juice is squeezed to order.

Mother Hubbard’s sausage repertoire is grand. In addition to the crumbly chorizo, there are turkey-sage, apple-onion, Italian, Cajun, and country. Beyond blue or green corn, available waffles (all gluten-free) are cornbread, buckwheat, coconut buckwheat, potato (with or without bacon), and lemon poppy seed.

For all its culinary aspiration, Mother Hubbard’s remains an inexpensive, humble café,
a simple, rectangular storefront in a tumbledown shopping mall. Décor is whimsical Day of the Dead skeleton art and tables are covered with flower-pattern oilcloth.

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The Pueblo waffle with chorizo sausage. Note the green chile underneath the eggs, as well as on top of the green corn waffle.
"The Pueblo waffle with chorizo sausage. Note the green chile underneath the eggs, as well as on top of the green corn waffle."
Michael Stern





The muffin for eggs benedict is made from a 75-year-old sourdough starter gifted to the restaurant by a pioneer family.
"The muffin for eggs benedict is made from a 75-year-old sourdough starter gifted to the restaurant by a pioneer family."
Michael Stern


Decor includes a lot of whimsical Day of the Dead art.
"Decor includes a lot of whimsical Day of the Dead art."
Michael Stern


Mother Hubbard's vintage coffee grinder actually works, but is used only when the more modern one breaks down.
"Mother Hubbard's vintage coffee grinder actually works, but is used only when the more modern one breaks down."
Michael Stern


Open every day at 7, Mother Hubbard's starts the day quietly, but can get crowded by mid-morning.
"Open every day at 7, Mother Hubbard's starts the day quietly, but can get crowded by mid-morning."
Michael Stern


It's a bland-looking place, but Mother Hubbard's is one of a kind.
"It's a bland-looking place, but Mother Hubbard's is one of a kind."
Michael Stern


Oilcloth covered tables help give this place a vintage air.
"Oilcloth covered tables help give this place a vintage air."
Michael Stern



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