New location on Denman Street
Great pub food now in the West End! We had been to the Yaletwon location once or twice in six years but since the new Hub Restaurant location opened on Denman street between Nelson and Comox we have been three or four times in two months. We have enjoyed the food and service each time.
The Denman location is open weekdays from 11am to midnight and on weekends from 10am to late (TBA). A brunch menu is served on weekends and holidays from 10am to 3pm. There is a daily $7 appy hour special every day from 3pm to 5pm. There is a Hub in Yaletown and a new location is also opening soon at the New West Station.
Hub Restaurant features some great local beers on tap. The flight of 4 is the best way to try more than one and see what you like. On Tuesday’s the Hub on Denman currently has a special on all craft beers on tap with pints being only $5.
For a beer layman like me I know that I generally like beers that are lighter in color but I don’t mind a hoppy flavor. It is nice that the beer menu shows the IBU (International Bitterness Factor) in my terms ‘hoppiness’ and the alcohol content of each beer on tap.
A flight of four 4oz pours is available for $9. I decided to try the Whistler Powder Mountain Lager (21/5), Vancouver Island Summer Ale (13/5.5), Deschutes Brewing Twilight Summer Ale (35/5) and Tree Brewing Mellow Pineapple Hef (20/5). My fav was the Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes in Oregon. It was light but very flavorful. (You will not be able to try this beer now as the taps have changed for the season but there are now lots of great winter selections to check out.)
The restaurant has a small outdoor patio on Denman street only wide enough for tables of two. Inside there are booths and high top tables to seat small or large groups.
While the views of the alleyway are not the greatest it is nice to have large windows to let in the sun on a day that is bright but too chilly to sit on the patio. There is also a long bar with TV’s that are pretty good for hockey game watching and the sound is turned on for Canucks games. The menu includes salads, mains, sandwiches and burgers and according to our server changes three or four times a year.
Hub is a great place for comfort food including crab mac and cheese, mama’s meatball linguini and broccoli and cheese soup. All burgers & sandwiches are served with choice of fries, small house or caesar salad. Or sub yam fries or onion rings ($1.75), soup ($3) or poutine ($2.75).
The ‘Crab Grilled Cheese’ ($14.50) is a yummy combo of aged cheddar and gruyere with a good portion of chunky fresh crab meat. The vodka cocktail sauce has a good kick to it as does the chipotle mayo. Not something you would order every day but worth the splurge once in a while!
The Crispy Chicken Club ($14.50) was served on filone bread with bacon, lettuce, tomato, chipotle mayo and montery jack cheese. The breading was flavorful but not too heavy. We loved the fries. Almost like NY Fries which my favorite.
We saw the tent card with Hub’s social media platforms and sent a tweet right away. We were pleasantly surprised to receive a response almost immediately which rarely happens when we tweet a restaurant we are in. One of the servers even followed us herself and struck up a conversation. Great use of social media to create a sense loyalty and familiarity to the place.
Jeff has been back since the winter beers have been on tap but I have not. It must be time for another visit to see what my new fav seasonal beer is. For this season anyway.
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 6 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.