The fresh ground patties at Chubbies (6227 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-5000), a new burger, wing and custard joint in the Delmar Loop, are made up of three different cuts of beef, but the owner Wally won't say what exactly. "I'd have to throw you off the top of the Arch if I did," he says with a laugh.
Wally prefers to not disclose his full name, noting that "Chubbies" is a childhood nickname that's stuck with him - the nicer version of it, apparently. He seems relatively secretive when it comes to specifics, but he's not at all shy about his food. On any given day, he's a customer service machine, taking orders at the counter, delivering meals to diners' seats and enthusiastically hollering across the room the second anyone needs a refill or anything else.
Maybe it's Wally's backwards baseball cap and outgoing demeanor, the strangely miscellaneous decor (a Cardinals World Series plaque, a stray basketball hoop and Big Bang Theory sitcom swag) or the bite-sized dining room that seats no more than twenty or so hungry individuals, but something about Chubbies makes it feel like a hole-in-the-wall joint from a different city. Gut Check could easily picture it on a bustling city block in Chicago or NYC, and on a nice day with plenty of foot traffic, those seats can fill up pretty quickly.
At Chubbies, the staff will butter your buns -- it's the restaurant's motto. The meat, so to speak, of the menu includes single and double (half-pound) burger options like the signature Chubbie Burger ($3.95; $6.50) topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and Chubbie sauce. Grilled chicken and veggie versions make up the rest of the burger section, followed by Philly cheese-style sandwiches, all beef hot dogs, chicken wings and sides such as crinkle fries smothered in quintessential stadium-style nacho cheese.
With low price points to cater to the area college crowd, anyone can walk in and get a filling meal for under ten bucks, complete with creamy vanilla frozen custard topped with a choice of cookie or candy bits for dessert. Those old enough to drink can select from a small cooler of bottled beers. And for the brave and the bold, a one-pound "heart stopper" burger "with almost everything" goes for $14.95.
Chubbies hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
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