The Conscientious Burger: Hubbard Avenue Diner’s black bean burger

Hubbard Avenue Diner’s black bean burger, sans cheese and sour cream, with a side of applesauce and (inadvertently large) side of corn relish. Read on for details. Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The black bean burger may have disappeared from Monty’s Blue Plate Diner when their menu was revamped, but it lives on at Monty’s sister restaurant, Hubbard Avenue Diner. Hubbard’s veggie burger is the subject of the second installment in my recently initiated Conscientious Burger series.

  • Menu description: “Spiced black beans, salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, and a dab of sour cream on a kaiser roll. It’s messy, but worth it.”
  • Also served with: Lettuce, tomato, and pickle slices
  • Included sides: French fries, coleslaw or applesauce. Waffle fries, pasta salad, bowl of soup, cup of chili, vegetables, or fruit cup may be substituted for an additional 1.29. Substitute side salad for 1.59. Substitute a cup of soup for .99.
  • Price: $8.49
  • Website: For more about Hubbard Avenue Diner, including hours and menus, head here.

Hubbard’s black bean burger, with a side of veggies. Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

I recently tried this burger two different ways: as is with an upgrade to veggies for my side, and dairy-free with a side of their homemade hot applesauce. I liked the old-school kaiser roll with its dusting of corn meal on top. Hubbard’s house-made black bean burger is substantial and straightforward, without a lot in the way of spice or other ingredients, so the simple taste of black beans is the patty’s dominant flavor. That said, gluten-sensitive diners might want to be cautious and do more than skip the bun; the host I conferred with wasn’t sure of the recipe details, but thought that flour was on the list, no doubt as part of what holds the beans together. Hubbard doesn’t have any menu items with guacamole or avocado, which I had hoped to add to my dairy-free sandwich, but at my request my server was happy to bring me (at no extra charge) a side of the corn relish that’s an ingredient in one of their salads. Due some confusion in the kitchen, I ended up with an entire soup cup of the relish, rather than a small ramekin. Alas, it didn’t really add much flavor in the end. Similarly, while the cheese and sour cream added messiness for sure, they didn’t really add much else. The salsa, on the other hand, along with the large piece of leaf lettuce and slices of tomatoes, really worked great with sandwich and added the kick of bright flavor that the burger was calling out for. So, next time I order this, I’ll ask them to hold the dairy and add an extra side of salsa. And, if the weather is chilly like yesterday, the hot applesauce will definitely be my side of choice.

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