Charming setting -- check. Diverse menu, enticing specials -- check, check. Covered outdoor dining area laden with all kinds of live music/pet-friendly/downtown social hub potential -- check plus.
But are any of these the main draw of Hubbard's Off Main?
Nope. That distinction belongs to three little words unassumingly listed on the menu under appetizers: Dueling Chicken Salad.
You may recall last summer The Star asking its
The Dueling Chicken Salad comes to the table in two heaping scoops -- one traditional, one spicy -- which is where the "dueling" part comes in. As the two versions face off, you'll be glad those scoops are stacked so tall because this is a decision that takes more than one bite.
If you're from the classical school of chicken salad -- sans fruit, generous on the mayo, not shy on the chopping block -- it's safe to say you'll be back for more.
Although it's not listed on the menu, the server assured me it's no problem to order up the duel's victor sandwich style, on a brioche bun or wheatberry.
Now while I myself find it hard to believe, head chef
Of course, as the restaurant's intimate dark wood and brick interior and notably nontraditional wine list imply, this kitchen is up to more than just a great sandwich. Say, for instance, pan-seared Alaskan halibut in a citrus compound butter, or a T-bone steak topped with Madeira wine sauce; or how about
And remaining true to its
One example: the fresh strawberry Frios Pop, a frozen treat made with freshly picked strawberries from
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