I have been looking forward to eating here for YEARS. Seriously. I drive by it all the time but they are usually closed (I believe they close at 5 on weekdays and are not open at all on the weekend). This place, along with Sam’s Classic Burgers on Riverside, was actually one of the bigger influences in me deciding I was going to do this blog. I think Nubbin’s is probably fairly well known though I doubt if I anyone I know would be familiar with Sam’s, but I digress. Noon came around quicker than I was expecting today at work, and I wasn’t particularly hungry, so I figured it was a perfect opportunity to hit up Nubbin’s on the way home for an early dinner before they closed. The weather being gorgeous certainly helped. As I drove closer and closer to Nubbin’s I started to worry that I had built it up over the years and might be disappointed.
I was greeted through the window when I walked up as the only customer at about 4pm. Checking out the menu I saw it was you’re typical drive-in selection, burgers, corn dogs, shakes etc. My stomach was not putting up with any delays so I quickly settled on a double bacon cheeseburger basket (fries included) and a Dr Pepper (one thing I’ve always loved about this place is the Dr Pepper logo on their sign)
I grabbed a seat at one of their covered outdoor tables, prepped my camera and enjoyed the weather. A few minutes later I heard my name being called out from the pickup window. My meal awaited me.
Don’t let the wide angle here fool you, this is a good sized basket, lots of fries and the burger was not as small as it seems. The fries were crazy hot, clearly just out of the fryer. With just a bit of salt on them (as they came, I didn’t add any) they were really good! I had asked for some ketchup packets but didn’t even end up using any. That’s the sign of a good fry, in my opinion.
The burger itself was great! I opted out on the pickles but left everything else on (onions, tomatoes and sauce – a kind of thousand island sauce is my guess). The comparison I immediately thought of when I started eating was a McDonald’s Big Mac. It has a similar taste, but I’d pick the Nubbin’s burger over the Big Mac. It was fresh (in the sense that it was cooked to order, not like In’n’Out’s never-frozen kind of fresh). The cheese had a good presence and the bacon was thin but good. The Dr Pepper was decent in strength and had that crushed ice that I love.
By the time I was finishing up more cars were pulling in and they looked to be at the start of a last rush for the day. Despite my concerns of overly high expectations for a simple drive-in burger joint, I left pleased and full. I’ll be sure to visit Nubbin’s again whenever the timing works out.