First Look at Hubcap Grill and Beer Garden in the Heights
I'd never had a taste of Hubcap Grill before, so when they opened up their new grill and beer garden in the Heights last week, it moved to the top of my list of places to try.
Photo by John Suh The cheeseburger: how I judge a burger joint
A few days ago, the temperature was over one hundred, and when I realized I'd have to stand outside in line to order, I was skeptical the food would be worth the sweat. Luckily, the line wasn't too long, and we managed to put in an order after about seven minutes. Not bad, but I can only imagine how long the lines are on weekends.
Immediately after ordering, we ducked inside with our drinks to soak up some A/C and wait for the food. The inside, which seats about 20, is a rather stark room with fluorescent lighting and mostly bare walls.
Photo by John Suh Hangover fries without the hangover are just as good.
The layout of the whole place is a little strange -- the interior is not visibly connected to the kitchen, so you'd have to re-exit to retrieve your food at the pick-up window located next to the order window. The music broadcasted out to the diners on the patio deck is nowhere to be heard indoors; sitting inside not only means feeling disconnected from the camaraderie going on outside but also possibly missing your number being called and thus your food.
The picnic tables outside are definitely the place to be, but I appreciate that Hubcap Grill offers an indoor air-conditioned alternative. Come fall though, everyone will be fighting for a spot on the deck.
Not only does Hubcap Grill serve tasty all-American burgers (and some not-so-American, like the Greek burger with olives and feta), they have a selection of bottled craft brews. And if beer isn't your thing, there are old-fashioned sodas in a bottle, from Stewart's root beer and orange 'n cream to Coca-Cola Classic.
A order came out in about ten minutes. The Hangover Fries came recommended to us by an employee: hand-cut potatoes smothered in chili with an over-easy egg on top. Each forkful was delicious, although I couldn't help wishing I had caramelized onions and some sharp cheddar in the mix.