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Bahooka Review

Clare K. | Oct 11, 200509:21 PM

Went to Bahooka on Saturday with some friends, just for kicks (and lots of greasy food!). I haven't been there since I was about 13 years old, and not much has changed - a good thing.

The atmosphere is the main draw here: Fish tanks everywhere with exotic and bizarre-looking fish, shipwreck decor, traffic signage from all over the world. Kitsch factor: 500.

There were four of us and we wanted one of those flaming drink bowls (says "for two" but it's really fine for four people). My friend took the liberty of ordering one with rum, that wasn't too sweet (sorry, didn't catch the name since we left it up to our waiter). He provided us with four, super-long straws; perfect for sucking down this tropical concoction. Comes with an smaller ice bowl in the middle, complete with flaming croutons. Don't eat the croutons, they are just meant to hold the flames.

Next up, we split a 1/2 onion ring, 1/2 jalapeno popper appetizer plate. Lots of yummy, fried goodness, though the onion rings didn't crunch as much as I'd liked. The batter held together a little too well, and could have been less greasy. The poppers were quite good, though not spicy enough for us hotheads.

I ordered the "Exotic" rib plate, which comes with a salad with Thousand Island dressing (all the salads come with this - the only other option is red wine vinegar and olive oil) and a bowl of BBQ beans. The salad was fine, dressing was very good (haven't had Thousand Island in ages!). The beans were good, though nothing spectacular. I imagine they come from a can. The ribs were very good - meaty, juicy, and huge. I got 5 ribs and was full after eating two of them. My friend ordered the fried shrimp dinner, which came with corn on the cob (actually you can order from a variety of sides, that's just what she chose). I tried a shrimp - good texture, but not much flavor. But then again, fried shrimp doesn't usually have that much flavor. Accompanying cocktail sauce was decent enough, though too horseradishy for my taste. I like hot, but this was just bitter.

My other friend got the same ribs as I did, while the fourth friend ordered the grilled salmon with butter, hold the butter. I didn't try it, but she said it was very good.

Service was excellent - attentive but not overbearing, and our guy had a great sense of humor to boot. Check was about $100 for all four of us, including two bowl drinks, one app, plus four entrees. We could have split two entrees and been perfectly satisfied.

All in all, it was good for what this place is: A fun theme restaurant that knows big food. I'll go back when I have out-of-town friends, but probably not before that.


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