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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

I was watching a Cubs game last week at Shultzy's when something in the background caught my eye.

In the background, there was an advertisement that said Bubba Burger, Official Burger of the Chicago Cubs.

That struck me as pretty funny since Shultzy's has been making Bubba Burgers for years. Long ago, we started taking our Ragin' Cajun sausage and serving it as a patty instead of a link. Since I'd lived in Memphis, I thought it would be good to serve it on a roll with cole slaw, somewhat akin to a Memphis-style BBQ pork sandwich. And for some reason, we decided to name it after one of my father's nicknames "Dr. Bubba", and the Bubba Burger was born.

The Bubba Burger turned out to be popular and had a long run on the Shultzy's menu, but ultimately, people preferred their Cajun sausage burger in what is now known as the Chatalas Burger (with grilled onions and melted cheddar cheese). The Chatalas burger is a top-seller, but even now the Cajun patties themselves are known to our prep and grill staff as "Bubbas".

I'm pretty confident that we've got the Cubs version of the Bubba Burger beat hands down; after all, theirs isn't even a sausage burger. And, since the Ragin' Cajun is itself an homage, I guess one tribute deserves another.

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