Tuesday, July 22, 2008

You ate WHERE?

I don't normally find myself at casual dining chains very often in the US - well, The Cheesecake Factory and CPK are rare exceptions, and local chains don't count (i.e. I love you, Boloco). However, familiarity often brings comfort, especially when you're thousands of miles away from a decent bowl of garlic smashed potatoes. Sometimes, it's just not a jjiggae type of day, if you know what I mean.

That feeling led me straight into the doors of Hooters. Well, that, and it was strategically located while I was starving and it started to pour (장마 is an entirely different conversation for another time.)

I've visited Hooters on one other occasion (in Honolulu) and I have to say, based on my slightly grayed recollection, although I knew short shorts were part of the deal, the waitresses in Gangnam (강남) might have as well been wearing a one piece swimsuit. As my Korean friend looked about the restaurant, I couldn't help but laugh at his innocent remarks...

"So, is a hooter a type of owl?"

"Then what does hoot mean?"

"I feel burdened."

Right. The food.

Fish and chips! I'm pretty sure this isn't worth a twenty... but it wasn't bad. (This isn't a London pub; what can you expect?) The fish was surprisingly tender, the batter nicely fried and softly salted. I just wish they didn't serve it with curly fries.

Moving on to my next confession...

On a whim, a friend and I decided to check out On the Border in Sinchon (신촌).

While the dinner prices are comparatively ridiculous, a lunch set starts off at just $10, where you can choose a side (salad/rice/soup) and a dish (i.e. enchilada, taco, burrito), as well as add on some other items like a non-alcoholic margarita for a few extra dollars.

It's nothing to write home about, but if you're craving colorful sit down "Mexican," you know where to go!

Hooters: 02-3448-1231~2
If you take Exit 2 from Gangnam Station and keep walking straight for a few minutes, it'll be on the right side of the street, on the 2nd floor. There's another location in Apgujeong.

On the Border: 02-324-0682
Take Exit 3 or 4 at Sinchon Station. From McDonald's, keep walking straight (towards Burger King) until you see a Coffee Bean on your left. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor. There's another location in the COEX Mall.


Daniel Gray said...

damn...don't you havta work? haha. we posted at the exact same time^^

About catering. It depends on what kind of facilities and budget that you have. 400 is a lot of people, it would probably be best to get a Korean catering company to do something. I'm thinking you could do it for about 10-20,000 a person. You could probably negotiate.

If you do it yourself, the time and effort you would put in wouldn't be worth it.

Richard said...

Oh man!
I thought people went to Hooters for the wings!

Its kind of funny reading about you going to Hooters. I would have figured something like Hard Rock Cafe or McDonalds...lol

I can happily say Ive never eaten at a McDonalds. Although I was tempted once to go to a Burger King.