Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Hooters' Menu

Hooters is a restaurant more famous for their staff than their food.

It's no wonder, since the Hooter girl has become as famous a symbol of beauty as the Rockettes and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader. Lately, Hooters restaurants have been springing up everywhere. There is even one located on fabulous Hollywood Blvd, across from Grauman's Chinese Theater.

On the inside Hooters resembles your typical theme restaurant. Large TVs, lots of posters and junk hanging on the walls. Many have some sports memorabilia on display, such as the hood of a formula one race car. The walls are also adorned with signs (ex: Caution-Blondes thinking) and photos of celebrities dining at various Hooters nationwide.

My favorite is the one of Mohammad Ali and Geraldo Rivera at a Hooters in Memphis. Elvis would be proud.

If you have never been to Hooters, it is probably far less sexy or sleazy than you would imagine. The Hooters girl outfit covers more skin than most girl’s summer outfits today, and far more than the outfit Ariel wears at Walt Disney World. The place is also actively trying to get families to work there with promotions such as 'kids eat free' days.

Heck, I even saw one that had Spongebob Squarepants doing an appearance.
The menu is full of "jokes" I put the word jokes in quotes because... well... you'll see.

On the front, the menu reads:
We proudly present the soon to be relatively famous Hooters of (name of the town or city)

Inside, the menu is divided into sections appetizers (called Hooterstizers), seafood, sandwiches, etc. Under some of the items more 'jokes' can be found.
Grilled mahi sandwich
so good it should be Jacques Cousteau's poster fish
Ham and cheese sandwich
The piggy came from a market, the cheese came from a cow. We added some secret sauce and they're on a roll now.

On the back cover they have 'The Hooters Saga' a silly story that tells the 'origin' of the chain. It is pretty funny, it’s like Gonzo from the Muppet Show had dementia and a typewriter and this was the result.

At the bottom they have their logo 'Hooters-Delightfully tacky yet unrefined' and a list of merchandise. One of the items reads 'Hooters Calendar: The only way you'll get a date in this place.'

Harsh reality served with a smile.