Sort of a Flubba’ @ Pat’s Hubba Hubba – Stamford, CT

24 Jul

Hot summer days just seem to beg for hot dogs and hamburgers, ya know?  We’d been dying for some burgers and dogs all Sunday and were excited to try Pat’s Hubba Hubba on Cove Road in Stamford.  Years ago, when we lived in Rye Brook, we journeyed to the original Pat’s in Port Chester, NY.  It’s a total dive, and probably the best illustration of what a dive is if you ever needed one.  Dollars line the wall and there is simply just a burger/dog bar in a tiny little restaurant.

So, back to our meal in the Stamford spot.  You pull up and see lots of outdoor seating with a retro drive-in kinda decor.  The menu inside is quite overwhelming:  burgers, dogs, chili, wedges, and–strangely–quesadillas and Mexican favorites. So here’s what we decided on:

Pat’s Famous Steak Pizzaiola:  I figured, hey, if it’s so famous, I have to try it because I freakin’ love pizzaiola.  My mom makes a killer version that she cooks all day long.  Yeah, damn good.  Pat’s was just okay, though.  The sauce was nice and zesty and the melted provolone added a nice sharpness to the dish, but it couldn’t help the overcooked steak.  The steak was similar to the meat you’d find in Steak ‘Ums, but was just a little too tough.  Unfortunately, their hot dogs were the same.

Texas Dog:  If ya ain’t up to speed with hot dog terminology, that’s a wiener with chili and onions.  Let’s start with the chili.  It has a nice meaty taste, it isn’t too thick, and–best of all–it’s spicy.  Not your lame spicy that most restaurants try to pull off.  It’s a make you sweat spicy.  You can buy the chili by itself here to go, if you’d like.  The chili, sadly, was the best part of the Texas Dog.  The poor wiener was grilled too much, almost to the point of burnt (both of ours, wasn’t a fluke) and was very dry.

Onion Rings:  Along with the chili, this was another great part of our meal.  The rings were crispy and gave a nice crunch when you bit in.  Even better?  When you bite in, the slice of onion doesn’t get torn out of the whole ring.  Don’t you hate that?  We hate that.

French Fries:  They were a bit crispy, but not enough to make these fries excellent and stand out from other burger joints.  With a little more time in the deep frier, these would be better.

Overall, we hate to say it, but we probably won’t come back to Pat’s Hubba Hubba.  It might have just been a bad night on the grill, but when we think of all the good burger and dog joints nearby:  BSF, Filling Station, Shake Shack, Beach Burger (our CBS review is coming in September), and Benny’s Fast Break, we just can’t seem to justify it.

Pat’s Hubba Hubba

Noms: 2.75

Cost: $$

Address: 820 Cove Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone:  (203) 325-9928

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7 Responses to “Sort of a Flubba’ @ Pat’s Hubba Hubba – Stamford, CT”

  1. JA May 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    “The chili, sadly, was the best part of the Texas Dog.”

    Um, well, duh – the chili is the reason people drive over from other counties. Your statement is as silly as saying “I went to the pizza parlor, and sadly, the best food was pizza.”

    Dunce worthy statement if I ever read any.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks so much for reading our blog, JA! Our review wasn’t just on the chili, so we needed to make sure people understood the hot dog wasn’t amazing. Your analogy would be closer to correct if we had ordered a sausage and pepper pie and said the best part of the pie, sadly, was the sausage. Thus, we would be saying that the crust wasn’t good and neither was the cheese and sauce. Or, if we went to a burger joint and ordered a burger with bacon and an egg. We might say, the toppings were, sadly, the best part of that burger. In other words, the patty was pretty bad. Or, maybe we get a crepe with greens, olives, and goat cheese. We might say the best part of the crepe was, sadly, the toppings. By saying that we are inferring that the crepe itself just wasn’t good.

      Thanks for the comment again. We appreciate you reading.


  2. elizabeth July 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    I saw “Original Pat’s” and as a Philly girl I immediately went to the South Street institution, but it looks like this place can’t do a steak as well as Philly joints can do it–that’s OK, as it’s more reason to visit Philly. :)

    I’m dying to try Shake Shack, but you have to approach going there for lunch the way the Europeans would and go at 2 or 3 in the afternoon in order to avoid the worst of the lines. The NYC locations ALWAYS have lines, and I think Citi Field’s SS is the worst for the wait (the advice is to get in line as soon as you get there and if you’re lucky you’ll have your food by the fourth inning), so plan accordingly.


    • Dan Del Ferraro July 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

      Yeah… a great Philly steak is hard to find, unless you are in Philly :) As for Shake Shack, you got it right… crazy lines but horrid at Cities!


  3. whitemist July 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    The only thing i really liked was the chilli, kinda ate that and forgot what else i had! :)

    BTW Burger joints – 5 Guys and plan B and the station (we talked about that already) Coming – plans coming Friday.


    • Dan Del Ferraro July 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      5 Guys…sweet! Plan B…very excited about. Have heard great things about this place. So cool! :) As always, thanks for keeping us in the loop. )



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