Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hush Puppy

Here is another in my ongoing series of local restaurant reviews. Most of these places are so far off Strip that tourists don’t usually find them, but are usually worth visiting. We’ve been driving on Charleston past this restaurant for quite a while, either the parking lot is empty (when the place is closed) or packed, but I usually notice the ‘all you can eat’ banner out front. It’s the Hush Puppy restaurant on Charleston just west of Rainbow.

It sits by itself on a big lot surrounded by lots of asphalt parking and looks kind of lonely right there. It has been open at this spot since 1975, and with the growth of Vegas that probably means it was out in the middle of nothing surrounded by brush filled fields on the street out to Red Rock. There is a second branch location out east by the Air Force base but this one is the original, and not far from our house. The inside is a little plain but colorful.

They specialize in southern style seafood, such as blackened catfish and peel shrimp and oysters, but what I see is the all you can eat ribs on Wednesday sign. There is a different item on the all you can eat menu each day of the week.

B went for the Cajun Fantasy; a combo plate of grilled instead of fried stuff, blackened catfish, shrimp and oysters. My favorite rib place used to be the Lone Star, which closed a while back, and I’ve been looking for a replacement. Most places have ribs that require a lot of work, I want one where the meat is falling off the bones with a tasty sauce. These seem to be about the best so far. As you can see I’ve been working on this plate for a while before thinking about the camera. And in that basket - yes, two kinds of hush puppies; one I’ve not seen before but supposedly more traditional and the other little corn fritters, but both very good.

The waitress says that the 73 year old owner comes in every morning to make the pecan pie, all I can say is that it’s the best I’ve had. (and only $2.50)

End result: a bill for $40 that covered both of us, with dessert and drinks. We didn’t do the peel and eat shrimp, but we will be back for more ribs. If you’re local and haven’t been yet go now, while she is still baking the pies.

Update: just came across Linda singing this from long ago, it seems appropriate

Oh, just noticed - post # 899 - wow, lots of words. Sorry


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