[Editors' Note: Bubba's is no longer in business.]
They say in the restaurant business that location is everything, a quality product doesn't hurt. I am sorry to report that Bubba's Burgers & Shakes has neither. The bloggers ventured to Bubba's recently and left with lighter wallets and unsatisfied stomachs.
The first issue with Bubba's was its location: is it off 281 or 410? Why does it need a fence in front? Why should you even care?
And before we even set foot in Bubba's, it was off to a poor start. Sysco, the king food distributor in Texas, beat us to lunch. We can't be sure if our burgers came straight off the truck, or if we were eating last week's delivery.
The Burger - 4.5 out of 10:
Bloggers were uniform in their dislike of the Bubba's Burger. As Fry Daddy put it, the meat was incredibly ordinary, and the bun was dry and hard. The patty should be the centerpoint of any good burger. However, at Bubba's a mediocore patty "about as good as an HEB pre-cooked burger" (per Burgermeister Meisterburger) was overshadowed by a stale Kaiser roll bun. Burger Boy described the bun as a sawdust-like wheat product with sesame seeds. Some burger spots have used the bun to turn an average burger into a good one (see Brenda's review), and a good burger into a great one (see Fatty's review). At Bubba's, a mediocore patty is made worse by a stale bun.
Sides - 5.5 out of 10
Sysco's Texas Toothpicks (fried jalapenos and onion strips) and pretty good milkshakes saved this rating from being lower. There were ample choices for sides - fries (both normal and sweet potato), tots, and the toothpicks - but all were quite ordinary.
Ambience - 4 out of 10:
Several bloggers suspected that Bubba's used to be a Waffle House or Denny's. Bubba's has plenty of space and normal burger crap (perhaps we are getting desensitized) but lacked any authenticity. Writing on the walls, check. Posters and paraphernalia from the 1950s to 1970s, check. Overpriced burgers, check. Perhaps Sysco distributes this stuff in its weekly delivery, because we see it everywhere.
If you needed another reason to drive past Bubba's, try the price. Fry Daddy paid $12.57 for a cheeseburger, sweet potato fries and a milkshake. Sorry, Bubba, I don't think we'll come again.