Hooters executives vehemently deny that they exploit women. After appearing in an episode of CBS' Undercover Boss, CEO Coby Brooks became inspired to develop a program, "Orange Pride," to help female employees feel good about their work. The Orange Pride website reports there are more than 17,000 Hooters girls employed worldwide, and 37 percent of management is female. Hooters says it employs women, not exploits them.

Brian, the young man who makes only one disparaging comment the entire evening, ordered the Buffalo chicken sandwich. He pouts while he waits for additional buffalo sauce, which he requested to add to the dry breaded fillet. Why Hooters is so stingy with the wing sauce is baffling. Is there a wing sauce miser in the kitchen measuring out every ounce like it's liquid gold? "How many women does it take to get a side of sauce?" Brian barks, displeased with his untimely service. Eventually, our waitress bounces to the table, rewarding him with a side of the coveted sauce, redeeming Brian's mood.

When asked how they liked their entrées, the two Mikes respond with shoulder shrugs — perhaps I was getting the silent treatment for not letting them order more chicken wings. The Philly cheese steak ($7.79) comes layered with peppers and onions and smothered with provolone cheese, but it's unremarkable in flavor. Mike #2's burger is on special ($5.99), but that cheap price doesn't make up for a dry and underseasoned beef patty. Both Mikes are unimpressed with their main dishes, but they didn't dislike them either. "It's what I would expect from Hooters," they both agree after swallowing the last morsel.

Hooters' crab legs.
Candace West
Hooters' crab legs.

Take it from a group of guys: Hooters is best for chicken wings and fried appetizers. But lackluster food doesn't explain why the restaurant is bustling with cheery customers. Let's be honest: It's the Hooters girls that keep the chain successful. So does that mean the women are exploited? That would suggest taking advantage of unsuspecting individuals in a malicious manner. The women who choose to work at Hooters know what the job entails. They bait their hook with a bit of tolerance and a dose of flirtations, subsequently reeling in the tips. Any woman with that kind of patience deserves some sort of appreciation. But for my next visit, I'll stick with going to Hooters with my girlfriends or my father on his birthday.

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Guest
Guest

John L, Hooters buys ads in New Times, so New Times goes and reviews them. See the case of joint back scratchers to see how that works. There are a lot of very interesting things a thoughtful writer could say about Hooter's, but this writer said none of them. There are at least 10 places in South Florida alone that have way better wings. But they don't have the corporate advertising money, so they don't get big reviews. Can Hooter's hold up to a critical review? Call me when someone writes one.

Will737
Will737

Heck, the Mahi Mahi sandwich is one of the few non-poisionous things. As for the Girls...Well the Girls may not be filled with silicone yet but you just wait. These girls often come to Hooters to get the Hooter Girl discount with the preferred local boob provider. They announce to the "regulars" right before they are going to have it done, and some cry when I suggest that it won't make them more attractive. Sweater Missles--You Could Put An Eye Out With Those Things--it's like being stabbed when some insist on hugging you. And no, they are not tax deductible as a business expense, no matter what the ignorant other people in the Hooters have told you. I ought to know. I taught Taxation at two universities when I was younger. Nothing has changed. You might get away with the fraud, but it is fraud.

Frank
Frank

Honestly - I cannot believe this 'newspaper' is reviewing Hooters. There must by hundreds of local, non-chain restaurants that not only people would be interested to read about, but could do with the exposure of being reviewed.

Hooters - who doesn't know enough about it to decide if they want to eat there or not.

Pathetic. It is actually hard to take this publication seriously after this.

freakerdude
freakerdude

2 pages on Hooters? This place is as outdated as the stockings they still make the waitresses wear.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Dennis, do you read and comment on other food blogs or just this one? Do you perhaps have a food blog of your own? I would be interested in reading more of your material.

John L.
John L.

The most offensive thing about Hooters isn't the fact that they exploit women. Every sports bar in South Florida does that; Hooters is just the most recognizable. (The argument that they employ women, not exploit them, could also be levied by the porn industry.)

No, the most offensive thing about Hooters is the prepackaged, processed foods it slings out at barely above cost. Sour cream and bacon drenched potato skins; deep-fried pickles with bottled "mayo" -- what's to review here? Are we supposed to be impressed we get to eat chicken within a week of its slaughter? To be frank, this aspect of the restaurant also isn't much different than hundreds of other chain restaurants around the country. But I wouldn't necessarily eat at those either. I guess if you're looking to gobble down "salads" bathed in high fructose corn syrup-laden barbecue sauce, then have at 'er, kids. But I can think of a million other better things to do with my money and time than eat at -- or pay attention to -- Hooters.

You did a nice job with the review, Jamie. But it's a shame to me to see New Times devoting page space to a subject like this.

stacigarcia
stacigarcia

Great review. I love Hooters for many reasons and none of them is the wings. My kids can be as loud as they want and no one will care. I LOVE the chicken pasta salad with double chicken and BBQ sauce rather than ranch dressing. I crave it ever since I worked at Hooters Boca (the original) in 1993. I met many of my closest best friends there while we were slinging in orders (which they no longer do) and putting ourselves through college. We still reunite there, now with our kids, and it never fails to amaze us how ridiculous men can be when a woman in great shape wearing orange shorts asks what they would like...

Dennis
Dennis

Ok so Jamie's a girl. Who knew (or cared)?

Why do you send a professional photographer to Hooters, but you don't send a professional critic? It just seems backwards.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Hooter is okay once in a while, but for good food I prefer The Brickhouse. Just saying. An the waitresses are a lot friendlier.

Lcbnt
Lcbnt

It's like saying you buy Playboy for the articles. Right, they go for the chicken wings! HA!

Garet
Garet

"Small chested Bitches" really? This is where journalism is going now a days? Why don't you sneak in a hidden camera and complain about them being to liberal while you're at it. Seriously, at least respect the girls a little when it's the manager who called you in...

 
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