God I love Hooters….
You know, the restaurant. And not just because of the T and A or the table service which is sometimes sub-par owing to the revolving door of semi-hot waitresses the chain is infamous for.
On a side note, I firmly believe that this restaurant chain is where many ex-strippers go after they stop being HOT, but retain some minimal customer service skills. I wouldn’t bring this up but, if you consider getting take out food there, you’ll see what I mean.
The ridiculous shorts, the scent of patchouli, the lack of actual hooters.
Apparently the economy has made it difficult for women who want to serve wings for a living to get breast implants.
But enough about why not to eat there, let’s talk about what Hooters does that’s great.
This place does take out food like a really good NASCAR pit crew. They’re fast, friendly, and you don’t have to watch 500 left turns. I walked in to order instead of calling in. The bartender was very friendly and hotter than any waitress I’ve ever had there. She offered me a cocktail while I waited, but thanks to previous poor decision-making and the wonderful city of Overland Park I opted for Diet Coke.
Some people tell me that I’m nuttier than a squirrel, but I think Hooter’s has the best wings in town.
And if you get them to-go, it totally makes up for all of Hooters other gimmicks and shortcomings. I ordered a dozen wings in hot sauce and 1 lb. of steamed shrimp. The wings here are very meaty and the sauce is great without being greasy or dripping all over your sofa. The shrimp always taste fresh and they are big and plump like the first boobs I ever saw in 7th grade.
Over all the food was great and traveled very well.
But here’s the catch when getting take out from Hooters; the condiments. They’ll ask you if you would like ranch or blue cheese. I said blue cheese, but you will only get ONE. Now I usually need more dressing than that to take some of the hot bite out of the sauce and complement the chicken.
The wings are great just the way they are at Hooters, but I still love to dip and ONE pre-packaged blue cheese isn’t going to get it. That’s like getting up in the middle of the afternoon and trying to get the last little bit of hair goop out of the jar but not quite having enough. So you just say, fuck it, and put on a hat.
If I can’t do it right, I don’t want to do it at all.
So always ask for more dressing at Hooters, but know that it will cost you another 50 cents per pack. I love celery with my wings, too, and that was also another 50 cents. The shrimp was amazing but you only get one cocktail sauce with it and the second is another 50 cents.
Eating shrimp without cocktail sauce is like having sex with your hand – good but it could have been better.
So I always get extra condiments, but I’m waiting for the day when they tell me it will cost $1.00 extra for the to-go bag. Or I can just carry the boxes to my car and bungee cord them to the passenger seat. I mean, I’ll probably pay the extra buck because hot sauce conflicts with my used car smell, but geez…
Another thing Hooters does great is when they present your order to you.
They take everything out of the soon-to-be-a buck bag and open every box for you to check that your order is correct and as advertised.
More restaurants should take the time to do this. Take-out diners are a growing market and directly affect the revenue of a bar/restaurant. If an establishment screwed up a to-go order 10 years ago, they’d probably just have said, "Oops, sorry.”.
These days they can’t afford to take an order over the phone and screw things up It’s a great way to make your customers NOT want to return.
Plus when Hooters does show your order, it’s your opportunity to gauge whether you may want to UP the condiment count a little. Good Job Hooters!
My order was about $22.00 all in with all the extra dressings. I tipped her $4.00 for the great to-go service and I enjoyed every bite. Remember, restaurants in Kansas City – I’m watching you.
Hooter’s in Overland Park, KS. 4.0 out of 5.