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Thoughts on Hip Hop Chow

eeee | Jan 8, 2006 08:15 PM

I finally had the chance to try Hip Hop Chow with some friends this weekend. When we arrived, we learned that a party of 15 had reserved about 3/4 of the restaurant (it is tiny.) They managed to squeeze us in in the back, where I had a fine view of the tiny prep area and the dumbwaiter that brought our food from the basement kitchen (we could also call our food requests over to the very friendly waiters.) The menu is mainly Southern-American style cooking with some more Asian-influenced dishes.

The menu is small and not what I would call light eating. We were disappointed to learn that the large party had apparently ordered all available fried chicken and that the icky tilapia was standing in for the catfish. Eventually we ordered ribs, pork chops, fried steak and oxtails (I had oxtails)

On the plus side, portions were extremely generous. The dinners come with two sides and the nice staff was completely fine with substituting side dishes at our whims. Even though I am not much of a pork eater, I tried a bit of the ribs and they were very fine and gingery. My oxtails were beefy but otherwise bland, though I did like the side of cabbage they came with.

The restaurant is BYOB, which might be an asset to some (I was neutral on it.)

We enjoyed the old school hip hop soundtrack.

On the whole, I had an OK meal for not a lot of money. Entrees run 15-18 dollars and we did not bother ordering any appetizers and were quite full. If I went back, it would be for brunch, when waffles are served (as well as that tasty-looking fried chicken.)

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