A small sign on the road announced Chubo’s Dawg House had set up shop somewhere in the plaza that serves as a home to Tan’s Asian Cafe, Esposito’s, and the Brooma Grill. I cruised the parking lot looking for the food truck and pulled a u-turn. I could not find Chubo’s Dawg House and parked. A guy was watering some plants out front of the garden center and told me to walk along the side of the building. I thanked him and made the short walk around back.
Passing large clay pots I caught a glimpse of the squat white food trailer. Chubo’s was written on the side in red along with a cartoon of a smiling dachshund wearing a hot dog bun. A small tow-behind smoker stood near the trailer. Several people waited on the side. I approached the window and was met by a smiling man wearing a light orange shirt. I asked him what he recommended, and he said their pulled pork sandwich could not be beat. I took him up on his suggestion and ordered one with a side of fries.
While working in the kitchen Chuck chatted. He was operating Chubo’s Dawg House on his own and had recently moved to Capital Circle NW after being located on North Monroe Street. I watched him work the griddle, drop fires, and get orders out to his customers. The area behind the garden center was shaded I appreciated not having to stand around in the sun.
Soon it was my turn. I watched as a portion of pulled pork was slid into the microwave. I should have known I was going to be getting reheated pork when I noticed the smoker was not puffing away, By then it was too late, and I patiently waited for my lunch. Soon I was handed a take-out box from Chuck.
I thanked him and strolled over to a large wooden spool and set the box on top. The pork sandwich occupied the top right corner of the box. The bun was buttered and had spent some time on the griddle before being piled with pulled pork. Rather than the sauce being served on the side, the pork was slathered in a dark orange sauce. I slapped the sandwich together and took a bite. The pork was moist and I detected a hint of smokiness. The sauce was tangy and mustard based. Unfortunately, the sauce overpowered the sandwich. It also bore a striking resemblance to Cattlemen’s Master’s Reserve Carolina Gold. As for the side, the french fries were piping hot and well seasoned. I also appreciated the small container of ketchup which beats individual packets.
My lunch from Chubo’s Dawg House was good. The service was friendly and you could tell the owner took pride in the product he was putting out the door. I would give Chubo’s another shot. The burgers I saw two of the other patrons eating looked very good. If I get the pulled pork again, I will remember to ask for the sauce on the side. One last thing, Chubo’s Dawg House accepts Visa and MasterCard so you don’t have to worry about hitting an ATM before dropping by.
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I love me some crinkle fries! I’m assuming they also have hot dogs, given the name. Did those look any good?
Yes! I am a fan of crinkle cut fries too. They do have hotdogs, but I did not see one while I was there. The regular was $2.00 and “fixed right” (chili/slaw/onions/cheese/jalapeno’s) was $2.50.
I’m dying for a good hot dog. I really need to get to Voodoo and this place. I used to love Dog Et Al, but when the economy tanked, their quality did too. Might give them another shot eventually, but I’m in no hurry.
I should have got a dog, but usually ask what the owner recommends. Voodoo Dog is great. So many options, and their fries are great. I haven’t been to Dog Et Al in a couple of years. I used to like them back in law school. What happened to the quality?
To me it seemed like they went with a lower quality dog so they could hold their prices steady. I always had their hot dogs on par with Hebrew National, but after food prices in general went up their hot dogs were not nearly as good. The taste just wasn’t the same on a couple of different occasions, so I stopped going.
That is disappointing. Hebrew National are my go to hot dog. Absolutely love them!
Mine too, HN are the only ones I buy for the house.
Mike, I enjoy reading your blog, but you are in a serious rut, man! Of the last dozen places you’ve reviewed, 6 were BBQ, 3 were hamburgers and 1 was a steak and cheese sandwich. You slipped in one turkey sandwich and one curry dish, but otherwise, it’s pretty much BBQ or burger. Time to mix it up!
I know! I really need to branch out. I feel like I’ve been eating way too much pork/beef! Time to mix in some Asian or seafood! Even pizza. Got a suggestion of a place I should visit? 🙂
There is no such thing as too much pork or beef. I mean my heart my say otherwise, but my brain says never too much. 🙂
I agree. I really have been looking for some good que in Tally and that is why I’ve been hitting so many similar places. Mike’s Stone Bakes is on my list for pizza. I could also go for some good Cuban food…
Ever tried Habana’s? It’s on my list.
I think so, a long time ago. I loved Carlo’s Cuban Cafe. They had this one dish which was pieces of pork they marinated in mojo, roasted, and then deep fried them. Holy wow.
Carlos was the best, I agree wholeheartedly.
They were! I went a week before the closed, and then *poof*, gone. Do you know what happened?
Actually I do!
Carlos retired and didn’t want to sell the business so he just rode off into the sunset having served Tallahassee so well for many years. I can’t blame him, I wouldn’t want to sell it either with my name being the business name basically.
Very cool! And that makes sense, I wouldn’t want my name on something if I wasn’t associated with it.
There’s a new place across from Up in Smoke (was previously a comedy place and before that a Chinese place for years…). It’s called Backwoods something…Bistro maybe? I haven’t been yet, just curious.
Backwoods Bistro. Not sure if it’s open yet. The name kind of puts me off. Makes me think of squirrels 🙂
When I started reading your comment Laura I thought, more bbq? 😉
Yes! I drove past the Backwoods Bistro location recently and saw they are going to open soon. That is definitely on the list to try, probably with Becky. Hey Bill, what’s wrong with squirrel? 😉