Pat's Hubba Hubba
|Hubba's (formerly Pat's Hubba Hubba)|
Hubba's Restaurant in 2016
|Current owner(s)||Carlos Magan|
|Street address||24 North Main Street|
Pat's Hubba Hubba is a late-night greasy spoon chili restaurant located at 24 North Main Street in the village of Port Chester in Westchester County, New York. Near the New York and Connecticut border, Hubba's caters to the local bar scene by staying open until 5:00am on the weekends, and at least 3:00am on weeknights.
The restaurant was originally known as "Texas Quick Lunch" and was owned by Edna Kaplan and operated by Mildred Meade. Pat Carta bought the storefront location of the former "Texas Quick Lunch" in 1989 and changed the name to "Pat's Hubba Hubba," the same as his original restaurant in the "Chickahominy" section of Greenwich, Connecticut. He expanded the menu from simple chili and chili hot dogs to variants including the popular chili cheese fries.
By the early to mid-90s, Pat opened a second location at 820 Cove Road in the city of Stamford in Fairfield County, Connecticut. A third location followed, also in Stamford, at 189 Bedford Street, in the heart of the downtown bar district, now Capriccio Cafe. The restaurant in Port Chester is now owned by Carlos Magan and renamed to simply "Hubba's."
Menu and Atmosphere
The main ingredient in most of Hubba's dishes is the chili, which is made with ground beef, hot chili peppers and little else. Hubba's chili  contains no beans, tomatoes, or vegetables of any kind. Meals are served with "Hubba Water," tap water with a bit of Hawaiian Punch added in.
The inside of Hubba's is long and narrow. There are 13 counter stools bolted to the floor, where you can sit at the counter. Menu items are written in marker on paper plates, tacked onto the walls which are papered with dollar bills.
One note of contention among frequenters is the name by which the restaurant should be called. While most areas call the establishment by its present name, "Hubba's," certain communities, such as Mamaroneck, Larchmont, and New Rochelle, still use the name "Pat's." Old timers, that is anyone who was a patron before 1989, still call it just "Texas."
In the Press
- Included in Jane and Michael Stern's book "Roadfood" as a Top Pick.
- Mentioned by Chris Stanley on the Ron and Fez Show on 11/02/09 as to having amazing food. Especially the chili and RC Cola.
- "Everybody Comes to Hubba's. O.K., Maybe Not the Health Food Crowd" by Peter Applebome. The New York Times July 10, 2005
- Bill Simmons, ESPN.com, June 17, 2005
- Anderson Guide To Enjoying Greenwich Connecticut. Avocet Pr Inc, 2004.
- Westchester Magazine "The All-Americas City", June 8, 2007.
- "Our Towns; As Heat Rises, How Does Chili Go Down?" The New York Times, July 19, 2006
- "In Search of Chili Dogs, Part Two". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "In the Wee Small Hours in the County" by Nick Ravo, New York Times, November 29, 1998