As you know, we do not go out to eat all that often unless we are traveling. But every now and then, we do go out. This time we decided to try a new restaurant called HoOk & ReEL. It is a Cajun seafood restaurant with a fun and friendly ambiance and atmosphere and very good food to boot.
If you are from the South, you know it is a fun, festive feast when everyone is getting messy together. The seafood boil has been bringing people together for ages. “At Hook & Reel [their] signature boil forks over bold flavors with a genuine, down-home feel. But eating seafood is only part of the fun. Everything tastes better elbow-to-elbow with friends, swapping stories over music, getting down and dirty and eating with your hands – all with a cold drink at the ready, ‘cause that spice ain’t no joke. [They] set out to share the saucy spirit of the boil with folks everywhere – testing [their] very own recipes, inspired by fiery Cajun home cooking. The Hook & Reel seafood boil dishes up the “reel” deal – the full backyard boil experience and flavor, with a twist. It’s a party, so we always laugh loud, and eat big. Y’all comin?”
Of course, when dining Cajun style, a cool refreshing Hurricane is in order to get the party started.
HoOk & ReEL is a restaurant chain that has new locations popping up all throughout the United States, and business is booming. We went to the new location in Westminster, CO. It was decorated with fun tributes to a fisherman’s life and life around the sea. Being an avid ocean lover myself, as well as having Southern roots, I felt right at home.
I love how the great white is munching on Sponge Bob. He must have been just an appetizer.
Not only was the decor fun and welcoming, but so was the food. HoOk & ReEL is famous for it’s Cajun seafood boil.
We ordered a crab salad to share, which was loaded with fresh crab meat. We ordered the remoulade dressing to top it off. Delicious!
My main meal was the fried catfish and Larry decided to try the house specialty, the seafood boil, which was presented in a unique way, or at least it was unique to us. It was loaded with crawfish, shrimp, mussels, corn and potatoes that were all boiled together with Cajun seasonings and served in a plastic bag. Crawfish are crustaceans that look like a small lobsters and taste like a combination of both lobster and shrimp. They are a culinary specialty in the Southern bayou areas of the United States.
Mr. Crawfish walking around to make sure everyone was having a good time. Laissez le bontemps roulez!
You know the meal is going to be messy when the tables are all equipped with bibs and a little trash bucket. Bibs and hand wipes are placed on every table in full anticipation of people getting messy with their food and eating it with their hands.
Larry is now prepared to feast Cajun style.
As usual, we ordered WAY too much food, and the portions are huge. We like to try a wide variety of foods offered, particularly when we are trying out a new place. I gave Larry a big chunk of my catfish and did not finish my fries. Though Larry gave me a little bit of what was on his plate, he ended up eating everything, plus the rest of my food as well. I guess he was hungry. 🙂
This particular location is relatively new to our area. It is located at 9280 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, CO 80031 Their phone number is (303) 427-8888. But since HoOk & ReEls are popping up all over the country, you can go to their website at http://www.HOOKREEL.com to find a location near you. You can also a find out more about HoOk & ReEL on Facebook too. It is a fun, family restaurant that offers authentic Cajun style foods mixed with Southern hospitality. You’re going to love it. I GAR-UN-TEE!