A Menu to Lift Spirits

Isn’t this what we’re craving right now? Mac and cheese from Bubba’s—plus maybe a classic Old-Fashioned.



By Karla Walsh

I’m declaring it: ‘Tis the season for comfort food. Yes, yes, I know we just wrapped up resolution season and Lent is still in effect (for those who observe it). But in these uncertain times, little soothes the soul more than some cheese and carbs, right? Well, besides maybe a little chocolate and a cocktail …

That’s why I can’t get enough of Bubba’s creativity to keep our community in good spirits—literally—amid the coronavirus pandemic and resulting shifts in the restaurant and social scene.

Taking note of the popularity of video chat happy hours (AKA my new favorite way to keep in touch with friends and family), Bubba is offering $25 “Happy Hour Kits” with everything you need for four Old-Fashioned Cocktails:

●     A recipe card, in case you need a little how-to from their mixologist.
●     An 8-ounce bottle of bourbon.
●     An orange.
●     A mason jar of infused syrup, such as Mixed Berry-Basil Simple Syrup.


They’ve also partnered with Creme Cupcake to offer a bonus cravings-cure.

Chicken soup for the soul? Nah, one serving from that kit plus a big bowl of Pimiento Mac and Cheese plus a cupcake is what my soul could use right now. The frozen veggies can wait until tomorrow.

P.S. If you’re more into wine than cocktails, sign up for Bubba’s virtual Winefest event in partnership with Yalumba Wines.

Bubba’s Temporary hours are 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Delivery of items off their temporary menu is available through DoorDash and GrubHub. For carryout, call 515.257.4744. Curbside pick-up is available upon request (call the same number when you arrive at the restaurant, 200 10th St.). Note that the Happy Hour Kit is only available via carryout, not delivery.

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