Hubbard Avenue Diner
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JM ate the chicken and chips with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the french toast Foster with coffee.
The bill was $23, or $11.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Hubbard Ave. an A-; Nichole gave Hubbard Ave. a B+ (see our grading rubric).
While Hubbard or any of its Food Fight compatriots are definitely a treat, especially when you're new to Madison, sometimes their diner idiom can wear a little thin. This is frequently seen in the service, which, while efficient, is too often cool and detached. We ran into this again today, when the brunch staff pushed folks through expertly but a little too mechanically.
Nichole and JM have had many, many meals at Hubbard in the past. Most of them have been above average but none has ever struck them as being out-of-the-ball-park good. This experience seemed to reinforce that, although some friends do recommend their hearty "Meatloaf of the Gods" for a well-rounded weekend breakfast.
On to the food: the chicken fingers in JM's chicken and chips were triple-plus good. The crunchy outside nicely played off of the warmed chicken within and it wasn't the faintest bit rubbery (as too many chicken Fingers are). The fries and coleslaw were about average, though JM prefers a little less juice in the latter. The lemonade was vastly improved with the addition of a packet of sugar per glass, which would seem to him to kind of defeat the purpose.
Nichole feels like she has to abstain from judgement a bit on the bananas Foster because a bad cold had her sense of taste out of commission for the whole meal (yet A-Z must go on!). The mouth-feel of the dish hinted at good things, however: the butter-soaked crunch of the crust; the interesting almond slivers and raisins; and the viscous syrup. The bananas were unpleasantly mealy, which was too bad.
We made the sad mistake of running out of room for pie, which really is quite good at Hubbard et al. Lucky for us, there always seems to be a next time.