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Chubby’s Tacos, Miami Blvd.

Posted by JEN 9 Jun 2010 6 Comments

I’ll keep this short  since we have reviews of other Chubby’s locations here and here. I have to admit I was excited to hear that Chubby’s had opened up a new location in RTP. Though it’s not yet listed on their website, this location is very much open, and judging by the line out the door when we left, the word has spread. We ventured in around 11:45 and were greeted by a large menu board and smiling faces. The decor is bright and there is a nice amount of varied seating. It has more of a sit down restaurant atmosphere then perhaps the ninth street location. There are regular weekly specials posted, but we all stuck to the standard menu. This week’s special was a Pollo Hawaiillano (a concoction at the suggestion of customers of diced chicken and pineapple).

Between the three of us we ate the spicy tinga chicken, the steak fajita, the pastor, the grilled shrimp and the carnitas tacos. Rice and chips were also enjoyed, as well as each flavor of salsa. My personal salsa favorites were the guacatillo and the chile de arbol. Both are almost creamy in texture and all the flavors are very pronounced and not outshadowed by heat.

All of the tacos were served in a pair of thick, but soft, corn tortillas, and generously filled. My shrimp was cooked perfectly, and with great flavor, but did have a piece or two that was a little fishy. I really enjoyed the chipotle cream sauce and the pico which (had fresh diced jalapenos and ripe tomatoes). The carnitas were good, but I think I personally prefer chunked (like those you get at El Toledo) to the shredded variety I had at Chubby’s. My dining companions enjoyed the pastor (which includes pineapple), the steak fajita (including onions and bell peppers) and the tinga chicken. I think the only complaint we could come up with would be that it’s not even closer to our work. Oh and get there early to beat that lunch rush!

Chubby’s Tacos
2806 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703

Open M-F


  • Julie said:

    I’m disappointed that it’s not open for dinner and that it’s not open on weekends. I live super close to it (~2 miles) but I don’t eat lunch out during the week, so they will never get my business. I hate the restaurants right there (such as the ones in the shopping center at Miami and Alexander) that are only open at lunch. I think they forget that some people DO live in this area, and don’t just go to RTP for work. We end up going to our trusty Pho 9n9 a bunch, simply because they are open for dinner! (well, and it’s delicious too).


  • jon said:

    Julie, I live in Brightleaf and couldn’t agree more. It is so annoying that everyone pretends we don’t exisit (lol). Have you tried Worth it cafe in the sheetz plaza? They now do curbside pickup dinners between 4 and 630 i think. It’s great, we’ve been doing it once a week. All local, fresh, alot of organic, chef made food, and cheap! Check it out. Also, I sent Chubby’s an email, as I do do to every establishment that closes at 2 around here, you should try the same, it cant hurt!


    Julie replies on July 8th, 2010 at 1:23 pm:

    I still haven’t tried Worth It. You have to place your dinner order before 3, and every time I think about the place, it’s after 3!


  • blinkingline said:

    keep in mind, this used to be a full fledged bandido’s (they are owned by the same people)…i would expect that bandido’s wasn’t doing well with full lunch and dinner hours, and it’s much easier (and more cost effective) to maintain the smaller chubby’s menu with reduced hours.


    Julie replies on July 8th, 2010 at 1:26 pm:

    Well as I mentioned elsewhere on here, I ate at the Banditos once and thought it was disgusting and never went back. I’ve eaten at the Chubby’s on 9th St and thought it was great. I used to drive by the Banditos on my way home form work and see it open and see no one there. You have to ask though, is that because no one is interested in food at that location at that time of day, or because the food sucked? Pho9n9 manages to stay open till 9 PM every day (‘cept Sunday) and they are still in business…


    JEN replies on July 9th, 2010 at 12:10 pm:

    Well stop on in and let them know there’s a demand and they might be responsive by starting out with a few nights a week!


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