My wife and I found HogsHead Cafe about five months ago and it immediately became my favorite restaurant of all time.The food is imaginative and the staff is incredible.
Each morning I wait in anticipation for the HogsHead daily specials to be posted on Facebook. The menu is more than enough to keep me satisfied; burgers topped with coleslaw and barbecue and classics like the Ruben but the ever-changing daily specials are what keep my cravings alive.
Everyday the specials board brings fresh and creative dishes like asparagus fries, grouper nuggets, loaded tater tots covered in cheese, bacon, red and green onions and BBQ sauce, Sheppard's pie, fried green tomatoes, crispy calamari and so much more. My attention span tends to be on the short side so I need a restaurant that's willing to switch it up and get loose with the menu.
My favorite special so far has been the Turnip Chips; 1/4 inch slices of turnips in a crispy but chewy beer batter with creamy ranch and chipotle dipping sauces. I had to fight my 5 yr old daughter for the last one on the plate.
Never in my life have I craved a salad until HogsHead. The Hog Wedge (a daily special), big enough to be a meal of its own but generously served as a side, is a giant wedge of iceberg lettuce smothered in bacon, creamy blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles.
My wife loves the Shrimp Po'Boy sandwich and I am in love with the Ruben Dog; a hot dog loaded with corned-beef, sauerkraut, crispy bacon and thousand island dressing.
To go along with the great food is the funny and personable waitstaff. After continued appearances at the Head by my wife and I one of the waitresses, Jen, introduced herself and asked our names. Now when I walk in the door the waitresses say, "Hey Tommy," and then proceed to ask how Casey (my wife) is doing. I like spending my money at a place where I have a connection with the people.
One day I called the Head to ask about a daily special called the Scotch Egg. Edie answered the phone. As I started asking questions she realized it was me and then offered to set aside two Scotch Eggs since it was a foregone conclusion they would run out by the time I ordered later that night. It made feel like part of the family. That was awesome.
By the way, a Scotch Egg is a hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, covered in bread crumbs and deep fried, Amazing!
If I should ever find myself on death row I will request that I can call in an order to Edie and that Jen serve me the following:
A Hog Wedge to start, followed by turnip chips and loaded tots (add chili, double ranch), a prime rib dip as my entree and the peanut butter pie to finish it off. I could definitely go out happy after that.
I've always wanted a restaurant that I can call my own. A place I can put people onto and bring my out-of-town family to. A place that loves food as much as much as I do.
It took 30 years but I've finally found that place.
Keep it up HogsHead. You guys are the best!
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