Hubba’s brings barbecue to 118th Street shopping center

(Aug. 16, 2013) Hubba’s Pit Beef, BBQ & Seafood restaurant relocated from its 123rd street building to a cozy space on 118th Street, beside Paws and Claws in the Ocean City Square shopping center, three weeks ago.

With dishes from its $4 chili cheese dog to seafood plates in the $20-range, and takeout and delivery available, the restaurant fosters a casual, homey dining experience, owner Al Schroeder said.

“We’re trying to get that ‘make yourself at home’ atmosphere,” he said.

With a staff of around 12 sons, daughters, in-laws and cousins, it’s not hard to feel at home in Hubba’s, server Shannon Foard said. She’s been on the restaurant’s staff for three years, since it first opened on 45th Street.

“We wanted to just keep it family-run,” Foard said. “People get more involved with us and it makes them feel more comfortable.”

Schroeder and his wife Sherri moved their restaurant business to Ocean City from Baltimore four years ago. They relocated to 118th Street to put Hubba’s in a more “community oriented location,” Sherri Schroeder said.

We “wanted to create a new atmosphere,” she said, and “improve visibility.”

“So far, it’s been excellent” at the 118th Street location, Al Schroeder said, adding that many old regulars have returned to Hubba’s at its new spot as they come to town.

“They come back for the food first and foremost,” he said. That includes old favorites like the Hubba’s pit beef — what Foard described as a perfect harmony of barbeque, horseradish and onion.

New dishes include more traditional dinners, like the hot turkey platter, and seafood dinners and appetizers. The popular pork barbeque and paninis are still available, Al Schroeder said.

The move also allowed Hubba’s to add beer and wine to its menu, but the restaurant is “still family-friendly first,” he said.

Hubba’s has plans to expand, depending on how business goes, but the Schroeder’s expect to keep the business in the family.

“I think it’s important for people to come in and see the same faces,” Sherri Schroeder said. “They feel comfortable.”

Staff try to remember familiar faces and favorite orders. Even the name of the restaurant came from the youngest member of the Schroeder’s family, nicknamed Hubba after a quick growth spurt at age five.

“It really is all in the family,” Sherri Schroeder said.

Hubba’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Diners can eat in or carry out, and the restaurant delivers between 62nd Street and Route 54 in Delaware.

There is a happy hour from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Check Hubba’s Pit Beef, BBQ & Seafood on Facebook for daily lunch specials and occasional dinner specials. You can also order delivery online at www.hubbasinoc.com.

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