Hubbly Bubbly is located on Edgewater Drive just off the main strip in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando. You would think being slightly off the grid may slow business down a bit but not here. This place is hopping- especially during the lunch hour. Orlando has become enamored with all things falafel.
The first time Chad and I went I tried the Lentil Bowl. Let me just tell you, it is more than enough to share. You choose the base (falafel, lentils, chicken, steak or lamb) and the style (salad, hummus bowl or pita pocket) and then add toppings. Toppings like cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, onions, hummus, etc. I went all in on my lentil bowl- I especially loved the pickled turnips and peppers. Amazing.
I also ordered the Crispy Cauliflower with Lilly sauce. I love a side dish that is different, inventive and unexpected. While the cauliflower wasn’t super crispy, it was lightly breaded and served hot. The accompanying Lilly sauce is a tahini dressing with parsley.
Chad ordered the Falafel Bowl with their signature fried chickpea balls and a choice of toppings. Another dish that was large and hearty. It was so good he orders it every time we have visited.
Pita bread is served alongside the Falafel bowl. So unbelievably fresh and served warm.
The Falafel can also be ordered as a separate side dish with tzatziki. I loved how spicy the falafels were- so perfect to cool them in the tangy tzatziki.
Also missing on the menu are fries. Instead, Hubbly Bubbly serves up Mazel Tots– fried little balls of shredded potatoes. The menu claims them to be extra crispy and they weren’t all. They were good but rather mushy. One of the staff recommended the garlic sauce to go along with the Mazel Tots. The garlic sauce was excellent but beware- all the mints in the world won’t rid the taste in your mouth.
The Grape Leaves are also Vegetarian, Vegan even. Stuffed with rice, mint and other seasonings, they are oily and flavorful- just like grape leaves should be. Delicious. And quite a big portion as well.
One of my favorite things is the Spinach Pie. We didn’t actually order it but the owner Georgie dropped some off at our table when he saw we were eating a mostly Vegan meal. Possibly the best spinach pie I have ever had. Just the right amount of spinach and lemon. They are only available on a first come first served basis- when they run out that’s it.
We only tried one dessert- the Sesame Halvah. I was told it was like sesame fudge. It was slightly sweet with hints of vanilla and tahini. The “fudge” crumbled very easy and had a very chalk-like consistency. However, it was tasty though one piece was more than enough for me.
The space is very retro with both indoor and outdoor seating. Hubbly Bubbly is one of those little gems that make Orlando a foodie town. Lucky for us we live nearby but it would be worth the drive even if we didn’t. 4 1/2 out of 5 sprouts.