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Evil Penevil

Hooters Opens Pattaya Branch On Beach Rd

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Spot on, some would rather see the clock rolled back and no progress just so they can get a root for 500 baht from some poor farmer girl....

Some?

I bet most would.

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But speaking of places that still draw a big crowd- the Pattaya Beer Garden was literally full to the last seat last night at 8 pm. It thinned out somewhat between 8 and 9 pm at the bar, still full in the dining area. It's that size crowd Hooters will need to be a roaring success.

Evil

I know whose costs I would prefer to pay.....

The Hopft bar has managed to survive and I would say that would be a closer comparison in terms of foot traffic, food, prices, repeat business and costs of operation.

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not a fan of burgers so its not for me..

Same here

I bet I haven't ate one in 20 years. Last time was in a Wimpy in Amsterdam

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Maybe it's time to open a branch of The Tilted Kilt in Pattaya. It and the Twin Peaks chain are the major competitors to Hooters in the U.S.

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The 50 or so Tilted Kilt outlets in the U.S. are billed as "Celtic-themed" pubs and eateries to attract customers of both Irish and Scottish descent. In some U.S. cities, the local Tilted Kilt is regarded as an Irish pub, in others Scottish. :w00t:

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I visited Hooters one more time, on Saturday Jan. 9, between 10.30 and 11.30 pm. It was probably 90% full inside and out. All the seats around the bar were occupied as were all the tables and booths for more than two people. The only seats available were at tables for two in "bad" spots.

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The crowd was diverse. Older farang males from English-speaking countries or West Europe were the dominant component, but there were Russians, Asians, Indians, Africans and Arabs. That's one of the Hooters' strengths- it is well-known and popular in many countries.

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A fair amount of business was done that night.

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A fair amount of business was done that night.

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The band was OK and for live music, it wasn't overly loud.

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A lot of selfies were indeed being taken:

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Interesting report Evil. Thanks for sharing. Was the band Thai or flip flop?

I honestly don't know. I would guess Filippino based on the physical appearance of the band's members and their repetoire (U.S. "evergreens") but I could be wrong.

Evil

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OK, time for a review of the food served at Hooters. So far I've had four dishes: a po' boy sandwich; chili con carne; New England clam chowder; and a half-rack of BBQ pork ribs. All four were iconic American dishes and two, the po' boy and the clam chowder, aren't widely available in Pattaya. In fact, it was the first time I've seen a po' boy offered at any restaurant here.

The food, taken in isolation from the service, was good. It was almost identicalin taste and presentation to the food on the menu of any Hooters in the U.S. Not great, but good U.S.-style bar food that I'd have no problem ordering again. But Hooters is expensive for what you get. I won't be eating there often, but I will go back if I have a yearning for comfort food from back home.

The service at Hooters has improved enormously since my first visit on Jan. 1. Service was a total fuster cluck back then; Saturday it was fine because an almost full house. I blame the problems they had earlier on the farang manager. On Jan. 1, the tables weren't numbered, which made it extremely difficult for the girls to get the food to diners in a timely fashion. They also didn't have a dedicated cashier, which meant the bartenders and girls were spending a lot of time punching in numbers. But on Saturday, this rather severe looking woman was entering all the orders and printing out tabs at a very fast pace.

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Anyway, on to specifics. The first dish I ordered at Hooters was a po' boy (New Orleans dialect for poor boy) sandwich was invented in 1929 by two brothers (and former streetcar conductors) who had opened a food stand. During a strike by streetcar workers, the brothers showed their solidarity by giving the strikers free sandwiches. At first, the sandwiches consisted of whatever leftover scraps the stand had on hand piled on a small loaf of what's called New Orleans bread. It had a very thin brittle crust, but an extremely light and fluffy interior, almost the consistency of cotton candy. You virtually never find outside of New Orleans, but it is the perfect base for a po' boy.

The most popular early po' boy featured scraps of beef pot roast and gravy and that sandwich is still popular in New Orleans. In time, however, shrimp, oyster or shrimp-and-oyster po' boys became the standard and spread across the country. Hooters offers a shrimp po' boy, served on a hoagie, not a New Orleans loaf.

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It with curly fries, which I don't much like. Nothing with Hooters' curly fries; I just don't like that form of fried potato.

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The sandwich consisted of six pieces of fried shrimp dressed with lettuce and tomato. That's pretty much the standard. The shrimp were fresh and lightly fried.

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It tasted exactly like a shrimp po' boy I had in Hooters in Orlando, Fla a few years ago. Except for the bread, it wasn't radically different in appearance from the shrimp po' boy served at the Parkway Diner and Bakery in New Orleans. Clearly the Parkway version tastes much better thanks to the special local bread.

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Here's the downside. The po' boy at Hooters in Pattaya cost 530 baht, which at the current rate is about USD 15.15. At the Orlando Hooters, it cost $10.00, equivalent back then to about 300 baht. The Pattaya po' boy was a good sandwich, but not worth 530 baht, or nearly 1/3 more than you'd paid in the U.S.

I next tried the chili con carne, which despite its Spanish name is an American dish that owes little to traditional Mexican cuisine. Chili con carne was the first Tex-Mex dish to achieve national popularity in the U.S.

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It cost 220 baht and came with three small pieces of French bread. I could have added chopped onion and cheese for an extra 60 baht, but I don't like either with chili con carne.

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Again, it tasted good. It was light years from the best chili I've had, but still pretty decent. TThe characteristic chili flavor came though, but there wasn't much heat from the chilis. However, the price was premium; the chili con carne wasn't. I've had equivalent bowls of chili elsewhere in Pattaya for half that price.

Another day I tried the New England clam chowder, also at 220 baht.

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I would say the same thing about the clam chowder, Good, but nothing special and expensive for what you get.

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On Saturday I had the half-rack of BBQ pork ribs at 460 baht. It came with curly fries and a small side of coleslaw.

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This was the first dish I had at Hooters that I though was really nice and not just good. The ribs had been slow cooked and glazed with a vinegar-heavy Memphis-style BBQ sauce, which is my favorite.

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The ribs had a substantial amount of meat that literally fell off the bone. The meat also had plenty of flavor. It's still expensive at 460 baht, but not totally out of line for riibs of comparable quality at another Pattaya restaurant.

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Hooters has a very extensive menu for both food and drink. Hamburgers in several variations, steaks, fish, crab's legs and other seafood, salads, soups, sandwiches and of course, its signature buffalo wings, are all there, plus a few dessert items like pecan pie. I'm not a fan of buffalo wings and rarely eat them anywhere, so I can't comment on Hooters' wings. But make no mistake, everything on the menu is expensive by Pattaya and even U.S. standards.

Bottom line: The food I've had at Hooters was good and the ribs were very good, but the prices seem out of line for what you get. If that doesn't bother you and you enjoy American-style comfort and bar food, then Hooters is OK. The service problems seem to have been solved.

Evil

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Been there Sat night for a meal and couple of Margaritas.

No complaints on Food / Drink nor the prices as this is what I expect from this or similar in Patt / BKK. Natchos were very good and the half rack of ribs was not bad as was the apple pie.

They do have to do something however on the service front.....utterly useless !! fit though.........!!

We sat outside and not only there is a visible lack of service girlz, those who are there are running like headless chickens without a clue on what goes where.....Our bill was supposed to be circa 2,500 Baht and when arrived, it was only 1,080 Baht.....as a good Samaritan i made the staff aware and it took them 20 min to bring a new bill. The manager came by and apologized which was nice but i guess their shrinkage is massive, as good Samaritans are far and few.........

will probably be back.

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The tyre company?

555, that was my first thought also but I think he meant the restaurant rating group although I cannot imagine Hooters earning a star.

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Special promotions have come to Hooters on Beach Road:



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Hooters has started a Ladies Night promotion, which in some markets is a signal that outside freelancers are welcome late at night. I have no idea if it will function that way in Pattaya. Supposedly it works that way in one of the Bangkok Hooters and in Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo, but I cannot verify that through personal experience, only what I've been told or read.



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Such offers are pretty common in nightclubs all over the world and don't scream "freelancers." It doesn't cost the bars much to offer a free bottle of vodka and two mixers to groups of five women. The more women there are in a bar, the more full-paying men will come to check them out. It's a well-proven gimmick to attract customers to a bar on slow nights.



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There are also offers and "challenges" involving food. There's a two-course special Monday through Friday between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm for 399 baht and a three-course special for 449 baht, as well as challenges involving eating wings or sliders (mini-hamburgers).




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When I passed by Saturday afternoon at 5.45 pm, the outside area had some customers, but it didn't seem busy. Most of the beer bars along Beach Road were totally empty at that time.



What's interesting is that Hooters has benefited enormously from gossip, speculation and even negative comments and public debate/protests since its start as a local restaurant in Florida in 1983. It's received the equivalent of millions of dollars in free publicity all over the world. Hooters has attracted more attention on the Pattaya boards than most of the 3,000 (5,000?) bars where P4P is readily available. On one board, the Hooters' thread runs to 75 pages and on another, to about 40 pages. Pattaya mongers may not want to visit Hooters, but they seem to enjoy talking about it.



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looking forward to trying it on the next trip.the specials seem a good deal.thanks

If you do, and should you spend 3,000 Baht there one visit (easier to do that you might imagine if you have a couple of friend with you), then register for the Hooters Discount card. That will get you 20% off all food and beverages for subsequent trips. You get the card right away on your first visit, at least I did in Bkk at Soi 15.

I've never received any promotional eMails in the three months I have had the card but I have used it several times. I've even loaned the card out to others (Hooters has not checked their ID) and they have been able to use it also.

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On 06/03/2016 at 6:31 AM, vpi78 said:

If you do, and should you spend 3,000 Baht there one visit (easier to do that you might imagine if you have a couple of friend with you), then register for the Hooters Discount card. That will get you 20% off all food and beverages for subsequent trips. You get the card right away on your first visit, at least I did in Bkk at Soi 15.

I've never received any promotional eMails in the three months I have had the card but I have used it several times. I've even loaned the card out to others (Hooters has not checked their ID) and they have been able to use it also.

I have never been there , I did hear someone having a scream up saying the Pattaya discount card has been stopped ? No idea if it's true...

I have been in one in LA , no desire to go in one here .. but each to their own.

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