Diner in disguise: You’ve got to try Bubba’s burgers

Part of the fun in doing a monthly restaurant review is the hunt.

I try to focus on locally owned, “ma and pa” type establishments because, in my humble opinion, in an increasingly homogenized world communities like Cameron Park/Shingle Springs that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character help not only the local economy but also preserve a sense of community pride. Plus, I find the food is usually much better!

I was out and about yesterday with “Check-Mate” and she suggested we try Bubba’s 2, located at 2650 Cameron Park Drive (at the corner of Green Valley Road). The décor is unassuming, unpretentious and would be considered almost “generic” were it not for the beautiful framed photos (taken by locals, I assume) adorning the walls.

The menu is typical of your classic diner-type restaurant — egg dishes, burgers, sandwiches and various salads. Where this menu differs from others is the fact that Bubba’s offers such a wide array of Mexican fare. Some locals cite Bubba’s carne asada, chile relleno and the carnitas platters as personal favorites and the main reason they became regulars. Others mention the burgers as being some of the best, most succulent this side of Sacramento.

I partook of some excellent Mexican fare a couple of days prior so I went the burger route and ordered their “Double Deluxe,” two patties, a couple of strips of bacon, melted American cheese and grilled onions. The burger was cooked perfectly, was juicy and flavorful, but I’ll tell you what: the grilled onions made this a standout. The seasoned fries, although excellent, played second fiddle to this wonderful sandwich. I have my priorities, you know, and if I would have eaten the fries I would have had to sacrifice a portion of this burger, which was definitely not an option!

“Check Mate,” being the health conscious sort that she is, ordered Bubba’s Garden Burger plate (veggie patty, avocado and honey mustard), which she later described as “very fresh, well prepared … overall extremely delicious.” Our server was kind enough to substitute the normal green leaf lettuce for iceberg, which made “Check Mate’s” day.

As we were gulping down our meals we overheard our server ask a customer, “Hey, where have you been? Haven’t seen you for a while and we were worried!” Obviously this person is a regular, and this kind of personalized service and empathy towards their clientele is most likely a very big reason, in addition to the obvious care they give to their food preparation, why Bubba’s is still successful in this economy.

A special mention to the great song selection they chose to play in the background: ’60’s rock and soul, with artists as diverse as Herman’s Hermits, The Temptations and the Kinks. Even one full day later, as I write this, I cannot get “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” out of my head.

Bubba’s welcomes “to-go” orders and their phone number is (530) 672-9205.

If you’ve got a suggestion on where I should eat please send me a letter attention “Diner In Disguise”, 1360 Broadway, Placverville 95667.

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Posted by on Feb 23 2011.
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