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Feed Me!: Bubba does multi-grain pancakes?
JACKSON, WYO – “I’ve been here for 17 years and never thought I’d see arugula coming out of the kitchen,” said Brenda, my smiling, uber-friendly server at Bubba’s last week. “It scared the locals and the kitchen for a while. It’s been a couple of months, and everyone’s still getting used to it.”
By “it” Brenda didn’t mean just arugula, but the full menu of fancy breakfast options that the classic barbecue/biscuits-and-gravy restaurant added late this winter.
These new breakfast items, dubbed the “Premier Breakfast Menu,” do not replace classic Bubba’s fare. You can still get stuff like the Workingman’s Special – eggs cooked how you like them, meat, hash browns and bread (muffin, toast, biscuit) of your choice – biscuits as big as your face smothered in thick gravy and pancakes that overflow their plates. The Premier Breakfast Menu, most of which is in the $10 to $13 range, is in addition to all the Bubba’s breakfast items Brenda proudly calls “gut busting.”
“It’s meant to give people more options,” she said. “It’s for wives and girlfriends who wouldn’t come anywhere near bacon and eggs and biscuits. It’s just an addition and I think it’ll all be really popular this summer. But, man, did it terrify locals for a while. They wondered what we were getting up to.”
It didn’t terrify me. It got me into Bubba’s for breakfast for the first time since they’ve moved into their new space, which was four years ago.
I went for the Hunters Benedict ($12.99): Venison medallions on top of a brioche toast with sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes and poached eggs. All of this is topped with a bearnaise sauce.
My friend, visiting from Texas and a true aficionado and fan of Bubba’s original breakfast items, also went Premier. I was surprised. The last time he visited, he insisted on eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at Bubba’s. This was all in one day. Jer appreciates a ginormous biscuit more than most, and always loves value, which Bubba’s original breakfast items surely deliver.
Still, Jer chose the Breakfast Street Tacos ($12.99). Brenda, who might be the most known waitress in the valley for her tell-it-like-it-is attitude, quick coffee refills and easy thoughtfulness called them “ghetto tacos.”
As soon as our plates arrived, both with a side of “country spuds,” cubed potatoes tossed with onion and green bell peppers, I had order envy. The bearnaise sauce, thin, gloppy and greenish just didn’t look appetizing. It turns out it tasted just fine. However, first glances do not do the Hunters Benedict any favors. This is too bad as the venison is quite fine, and was cooked to a perfect medium.
Jer’s Street Tacos were beautiful and full of flavors, with one bright with house-smoked salmon and the other stuffed with a healthy amount of chorizo, both full of scrambled eggs and topped with pico de gallo, specks of cilantro and crumbled cotija goat cheese.
While Jer did not insist on three Bubba’s meals in one day, he did want to go back for his last breakfast. This time he was truly torn between the classic and premier menu. “I haven’t had a blueberry pancake the size of my face in years,” he said. In the end though, he couldn’t resist another premier item. The Huevos Rancheros ($9.99) were presented as beautifully as the street tacos.
“The tacos had more going on, though,” he said.
I’m just happy Bubba’s has a more varied breakfast going on. Still no espresso drinks though.” Brenda said.
Bubba’s is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 100 Flat Creek Drive. No reservations accepted.
Photo cutline: One order, two great tastes. Bubba’s new Breakfast Street Tacos include one filled with house-smoked salmon and eggs and a second filled with chorizo and eggs.