Hubbard’s Off Main

Eclectic
excellent
Worth a detour
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It is hard to categorize Hubbard’s Off Main because its personality is unique. Located in a brick-walled, wood-floored town building that has been both a hardware store and a piano store, it has a casual air but serves sophisticated food. Some of its specialties reflect traditions of the Deep South, from shrimp & grits to fried catfish to turnip greens. The repertoire also includes dishes with a Louisiana accent — jambalaya, Cajun seafood ramen (!), pork and shrimp gumbo. It also is possible to tuck into a hand-cut ribeye steak or a bacon cheeseburger on Texas toast.

Diverse as the menu is, everything that comes from the kitchen shares a level of class and style that reflects culinary ambition that is something other than a basic small-town meat-and-three cafe. Nothing I have eaten is outrageous or edgy; but that’s the point. This is neighborly fare: pimento cheese is creamy and spreadable; meat loaf is subtle and swank; mac ‘n’ cheese, made with good rotini pasta, is sheer comfort food. My eyebrows did get raised (happily) by a salted caramel pretzel brownie a la mode for dessert, but I would argue that such extremism when it comes to sweet things is a classic southern touch.

Notes: Hubbard’s is closed Monday. Dinner is served only Thursday through Saturday. Live music is featured weekend nights.

What to Eat
Hubbard’s Off Main, Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownie
Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownie
Must-Try
The salted caramel pretzel brownie (a la mode) appears to be a fairly small portion, but it packs a lot of big flavor into every bite.
Hubbard’s Off Main, Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Must-Try
Made with rotini, mac 'n' cheese is very rich and creamy, more like a pasta main course than a side dish.
Hubbard’s Off Main, Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf
Dense, beefy meat loaf is glazed with a sweet, from-scratch gravy.
Hubbard’s Off Main, Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese
Curiously pulverized pimento cheese reminded me of a flavored spreadable cream cheese. It's subtle, smooth, and mild-mannered. A ladies' lunch type dish.
Hubbard’s Off Main, Greens
Greens
Greens are tart and twangy, thick and dense, having lost their leafhood long ago.
Hubbard’s Off Main, Corn Bread Muffins
Corn Bread Muffins
Cornbread muffins are substantial rounds, good and chewy and not at all sweet.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 2pm
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5pm - 10pm
Thursday5pm - 10pm
Friday5pm - 10pm
Saturday5pm - 10pm
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Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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