Something new: Chubbies Burgers

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By the time you’ve caught your fiftieth voltorb of the night and your phone battery is down to 20 percent, a familiar feeling creeps up from your stomach. Pounding the pavement in search of rare Pokemon has taken its toll and you could eat a rapidash or two. Thankfully, a slough of food trucks has found a new outpost on Coral and Auahi in Our Kakaako, once desolate streets now affectionately known as the Kak Block.

One of these is Chubbies Burgers.

Chubbies Burgers sets up on the corner of Auahi and Coral Streets around 6 p.m. and service lasts until 10 p.m. or until they sell out.

Chubbies Burgers sets up on the corner of Auahi and Coral around 6 p.m. and serves until 10 or until they sell out.

The scents of burgers charring and onions caramelizing on the flattop are enough to pique my appetite. I give Chubbies a gander on Instagram and am intrigued by a striking resemblance to Shake Shack’s Shackburger, my hands-down favorite. I line up for a taste.

It's 9 p.m. and many other Pokemon trainers are starting to feel peckish. Chubbies' menu is limited to a few burgers and couple of french fry spins right now.

It’s 9 p.m. and Pokemon trainers are starting to feel peckish. Chubbies’ menu is limited to a few burgers and couple of french fry spins right now.

Service is fast and friendly. They accept cash and major credit cards on their Square terminal. Prices range from $7 for a single 50’s Burger to $11 for a double. Fries run $3-5 and they’re crinkle cut, which means more surface area for cheesy toppings.

Items are sold a la carte, but a self-made combo of fries and a single 50's burger will set you back $10.

Items are sold a la carte, but a self-made combo of fries and a single 50’s burger will set you back $10.

As a chubbie myself, I go for a single 50’s burger and add on bacon for $1.

The 50's burger is made with freshly ground Big Island Beef and is topped with American cheese, a Kamuela tomato, leafy green lettuce and a smear of 50's sauce. It's juicy and has a distinct, beefy flavor.

The 50’s burger is made with freshly ground Big Island beef and is topped with American cheese, a Kamuela tomato slice, lettuce and a smear of 50’s sauce. It’s juicy and has a distinct, beefy flavor.

For the fry situation, I indulge a bit and opt for the bacon fries ($5); they come topped with pepper jack cheese, green onion and jalapeno aioli. They’re not spicy by any means but have a good amount of heat and peppery flavor.

When fries come with a fork stuck in them, you kind of know what you're getting into.

When fries come with a fork stuck in them, you kind of know what you’re getting into.

Because they’re crinkle cut, the crispy fries have lots of surface area to catch cheesy goodness.

Gotta get that cheese pull!

Gotta get that cheese pull!

Chubbies Burgers’ full menu includes a lemon slush drink ($3), soft serve ice cream ($3) and blended milkshakes ($4). If you’re wondering if it’s Hawaii’s coming of Shake Shack, it’s not. It is, however, a dang good burger and I can’t deny that I’ll be frequenting Chubbies when hunger comes a-knocking. The truck also parks outside the Brewseum on trivia Wednesday nights, answering a substantial food deficit on Waimanu Street.

If one truck can pull all of this off, it’d be as rare as a lapras … speaking of which, I need to get back to Pokemon hunting at the Kak Block.

Chubbies Burgers
In and around Kakaako
291-7867
Schedule on Instagram @chubbieshawaii