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“One of the few choices available on a Monday night”

Auntie Skinner's Riverboat Club
Ranked #4 of 31 Restaurants in Jefferson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
McKinney, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
745 reviews
474 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“One of the few choices available on a Monday night”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

The menu is quite nice -- burgers, salads and "comfort food" entrees (aka chicken fried steak!). The big open, high-ceilinged building was very rustic and looked as though it really rocked on the weekends with a big bar and a huge stage in back for live music.

We were warned that Auntie Skinners feels themselves above the law regarding no smoking, and that they consider themselves a bar and not a restaurant. We can attest to the fact that smoking is indeed allowed -- even the waitresses were smoking when we walked out. But we sat in the back away from the bar and until someone at the table next to us lit up, it wasn't bad and we didn't notice the smell.

We got chicken fried chicken and BLTs at our table. The chicken was huge, but it was rather greasy. The fried okra that came with it was delicious, but the mashed potatoes were about the worst I've ever tasted. They even looked odd -- like they were mashed with water instead of milk, no salt or butter. The BLTs were made with Texas toast and were good. But you have to take your sandwich apart and put your own condiments (mayo, mustard) on it at the table, which we thought was unusual. Also, the toast was dry, not buttered like most sandwiches are prepared.

The wait staff was very friendly, the manager stopped over to check on us. Prices were very reasonable -- $10-12 per person.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank WednesdayNightGirl
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English first
Texarkana, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
372 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
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“A Cigarette with Your Meal”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

I have heard a lot of good things about the quality of the food, but was not aware that it was a restaurant that allowed smoking. I thought that was no longer allowed in Texas. Smell of smoke was heavy from the moment I opened the door. The smoke also hung like a cloud in the air. Needless to say, I did not want a cigarette with my meal and left, finding a restaurant that met the Clean Air Act.

  • Visited January 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Long wait but good food”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Visiting from out of town and this was my first time there. Ordered the hamburger steak at lunchtime and had to wait almost an hour. It was good just didn't need to wait that long that particular day. Didn't like the cigarette smoke at all. Didn't know it was legal to allow in public places. Would like to go back and try one of the hamburgers, but don't know if I can wait in the cigarette smoke.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank 82Brenda
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Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Really good with one caveat”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We took some Canadian friends to Jefferson for something to see and do. Jefferson is such a pretty and interesting historical city. We decided to eat lunch and as we walked along and saw the different restaurants, our Canadian friends chose this place to eat (they were buying). It is a big warehouse place with lots of character. I think first and foremost it is a bar because that is what you see as you walk in the door. The table and chairs are all a wooden mixed bag. We took a seat at the back, but it wasn't long before we smelled cigarette smoke. That is the caveat. It is a restaurant where smoking is still allowed. We asked our waitress if there was somewhere else we could sit, and she graciously moved us to an unoccupied part of the restaurant. Like I said, this place was huge. It must really be rocking on Fridays and Saturdays. There are pool tables, karaoke, a stage for live bands, alcohol, and food. We looked at the menu and it has standard American fare. We ordered the Texas Toothpicks for an appetizer - fried jalapeno and onion strips. They were delicious! Light and crispy and served with ranch dressing, but they were great without it. The jalapeno strips were not hot and even our Canadian friends who do not like spicy ate them because there was no heat to them. For lunch, my husband got the chicken fried steak. He says it was one of the best he's had - tender with no fat or gristle and just the right amount of breading. With a lot of restaurants, you get more breading than steak. It came with two sides. I got grilled shrimp quesadilla, My friend got a grilled chicken salad and a cup of broccoli cheese soup; her husband and my son both got bacon cheeseburgers that came with fries. Everything got a thumbs up. Drinks were huge with constant refills. Everything was reasonably priced and the service was great. We would definitely go back to this restaurant.

  • Visited January 2014
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N.E. Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“"Changing for the Better!"”
Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Live in a neighboring town of Jefferson and haven't visited in a while because new ownership and it went South. Not so much anymore. Skinners is under new management! Mike and Elise Lakey, former owners and managers of Lamache's Italian in Jefferson. They are making great changes. Don't expect fast food. Everything is made to order and takes a little longer. That's ok. That allows time for conversation and listening to good music.

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