Looking for something a little different to eat before I came into work tonight, I decided to try the brand new St Hubert Express recently opened on the conveniently named Hubert St. As a quick side note, do not fall into the trap that you can access St Hubert Express from the McAllister Mall parking lot. It may appear that they are connected somehow… they are not. Trust me on this. You will be tempted to pull a U-turn, even if there are 2 marked police cars across from you. Resist that temptation.
Since it was 5pm on a Sunday, and I was alone, I decided not to bother going into the restaurant to eat. I suppose that I could have walk in to look around, and then gone to the take-out counter. But I wanted to try the drive-thru.
The menu is a little pricier than Swiss Chalet’s, although you get the option of unlimited coleslaw and fountain pop. Of course that’s only IF you are eating in the restaurant. I’m curious whether there is any difference in pricing between the drive-thru and the restaurant. Looking at my receipt ($14.01 after tax for a Chicken Breast meal, and extra $1 for bottled Coke) I am guessing that it’s probably no different whether you eat in or not. That’s a little disappointing, but I’ll have to test that theory some time.
So how was it? Well I took a picture before I started to dig in. This is what $14.01 will get you at St Hubert.
Impressive, isn’t it? Actually it’s not too bad… but I still think that it costs a little more than it should. The fries are nothing special. The creamy coleslaw isn’t all that creamy. The dipping sauce is good, but I think I prefer Swiss Chalet’s more. There is half of a bun hidden under those fries, but no butter to put on it… so I dipped it in the sauce. The chicken was good, although I question why the cutlery package does not include a knife. Sure, those plastic utensils are garbage, but if you’re going to give me a fork.. why not a knife too? And because it’s all pre-packaged you can’t say that they simply forgot. That would be ok… but that’s not what happened.
All in all I would say that my first experience with St Hubert Express was relatively neutral. By no means was it horrible… but I think a proper restaurant visit is in order before I can say with any certainty whether or not I’m impressed by its return to the Port City.