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Hu-Hots Compliment - Hu-Hots: not bad for the price, and dinner comes with entertainment

Review by Schez on 2009-10-22
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA -- If you've never been to a Mongolian Grill, I'll explain a bit of the process for you. You belly up to the buffet bar, where you pick out the yummy goodies you want included in your meal, then hand them to the cook, who grills them right there in front of you on a large, round grill.

Hu-Hots (specifically the one on E. Arrowhead) follows this formula. The food is pretty good- honestly, how can you really go wrong with barbeque?- and the prices are not too terribly steep, considering it's a buffet and you can eat all that you want.

What I enjoy about this particular location the most, however, are the particular cooks they have working for them. There's one in particular (I've never managed to learn his name) who is so upbeat, so cheerful as he cooks your food, that it's contagious. (I know, I know- 'contagious' and 'food' should never be included in the same review!). He whistles a lot, sings a lot, takes care to get your order exactly right, smiles and makes eye contact, and generally makes you feel welcome.

Considering the fact that he probably spends eight hours a day on his feet, walking around a big grill and flipping food with a knife, that's actually a pretty nice accomplishment. Personally, I'd be bored into stupefaction.

So kudos to the E. Arrowhead Hu-Hots. Or at least to their happy cooks.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-10-22
Posted by Principissa on 2009-10-22:
I love Mongolian BBQ. Watching the chefs do all that fancy cutting makes me slightly envious. If I were to try it I'd likely lose a finger or put a clever in hubby's forehead by accident.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-22:
Nice review Shez. If I ever find myself in Sioux Falls South Dakota I'll be sure to give Hu-Hots a visit.
Posted by Schez on 2009-10-22:
I think the only reason someone finds themselves in Sioux Falls, SD, Stew, is if they've become grievously lost en route to Minneapolis.

Ditto that, Principissa. But I'd probably lose more than a finger.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-10-22:
I just giggle at the name Hu-Hots, it sounds cute. I love me some Mongolian BBQ, and I love eccentric cheery people in positions where they have to deal with multiple people at a time.
Posted by Schez on 2009-10-22:
If you think the name is funny, you should see the decor. I don't think the interior decorator for the chain has any idea what a Mongolian even is.
Posted by Starlord on 2009-10-22:
There are a few Mongolian grills in the Oly/Tumwater/Lacey are of Washington, and we have become quite happy with the concept. On Martin Way E, in Lacey, there is a Mongolian grill called Wok on Fire. They have a terrific meal at a reasonable price as well. As with Hu-Hots, Wok on Fire sounds like Walk on Fire, and is worthy of recommendation.
Posted by old fart on 2009-10-22:
Is that Mongolian BBQ decorated like a contemporary YURT?

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