I checked out Hubbub Sandwiches awhile back soon after they opened and loved it. Sadly, it took me till just recently to get back when my office moved right around the corner. I’ve been there 5 times in the first two weeks! It’s seriously that good, and dare I say possibly the best sandwich in the city.
At Hubbub they offer only one sandwich, but you can order that sandwich with your choice of protein. The options are Pork, Turkey Sausage, Chicken Breast, Veggie or Shrimp. I usually mix it up between the pork, turkey and the shrimp; this time in I went for the pork. “The Sandwich” comes with a base of pickled jalapenos, creamy garlic sauce, romaine lettuce, cilantro, and crunchy caramelized onions atop a toasty baguette.This combination is so original and unique that any idea of changing a thing is not recommended. The creamy garlic sauce comes through right away in the taste and on the nose, and hangs around throughout. The pork is so juicy and flavor packed with nice heat that comes in late. That heat matched with the subtle heat from the tamed pickled jalapenos gives this sandwich a really nice kick! Texturally the sandwich gets its crunch from the big leaf of romaine lettuce as well as the large chunks of slightly caramelized onions. The onions also provide a pleasing sweetness that pairs up with the acidity from the pickled jalapenos. Then, just when you think you’ve found all the flavours in the sandwich, the cilantro sneakily shows up on the palate with its distinct freshness. Lastly, the bread is absolutely perfect. It’s rustic and crunchy, while at the same time being soft and easy to bite through. So do yourself a favour and get there soon, in fact I may head there right now.Hubbub offers a small selection of bottled beer as well a single tap that rotates through local craft beers. The day I was in that tap was pouring a favourite of mine, Central City Brewing’s Red Racer Pilsner. The Red Racer Pilsner is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, aged an extended period to deliver a distinct hop aroma with a crisp taste and dry finish. I find this pilsner offers up slightly more hop flavor than a traditional pilsner, but still has that crisp clean mouth feel which is terrific for cleansing the palate between bites of the rich and juicy pork. I enjoyed the extra hops as they lingered with the heat from the sandwich, while at the same time knocking the heat down. This is a really easy drinking and lighter beer that’s just perfect with this monster of a sandwich.So if you’re looking for the most unique sandwich paired with a traditional but slightly West Coast-ey pilsner then head to Hubbub Sandwiches for This Sandwich and That Beer.
Check out www.hubbubsandwiches.com and www.centralcitybrewing.com for more info, follow them both on Twitter @_hubbub and @CentralCityBrew and follow me @TSTB_blog. If you’re looking to pick up some Red Racer Pilsner on its own, head to Legacy Liquor Store.Also look for my article in the bi-monthly newspaper BC Craft Beer News and listen for my feature on Just Here for the Beer radio on Team 1410AM airing December 28th at 12:00pm.