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  • A visit to the breasturant Hooters in Bristol

    by guest
    3rd November, 2010 at 1:47 pm    

    A guest post by MitziRosie who visited Hooters in Bristol so we don’t have to!

    So many debates about this place say words to the effect of “how can you comment when you’ve never been there?”  Simple answer: easily.  However, to speak with some authority I went there with another like-minded soul. Setting aside any predisposition to find the place repellent, the keys issues here are how does the place apparently score on:

    1. The sexism quotient.
    2. The standard of the food.
    3. Other facilities.

    The sexism quotient is everything and more you would believe it to be.   Too little space to do justice here. Obvious matters: “girls” dressed as we all know and apparently many goose-pimples through lack of warmth;  signs everywhere reflecting upon the female form of course (caution bumps; caution blondes thinking - hung upside down; dangerous curves etc);  material on sale as can be found by searching the product pages on their website, but let’s just pick out for these purposes a pair of male boxer shorts (a snip at £14.95) bearing the words “more than a mouthful”  And finally the menus themselves bedecked in girly calendar adverts etc.  Oh, and I should add, the system of the mainly male cooks shouting across the whole restaurant for service and the clapping of hands to get the “girls” to come running.   Charmless.

    The sexism quotient:   100%.

    It would be really easy to slag off the food just to spoil the place and, after all, the food could be perfectly all right.  But it was not.  It was awful and utterly overpriced.  I ordered nachos, at £8, they were cheap and nasty (as in something you could get from a supermarket for 50p for a huge bag) and covered in some kind of processed cheese sauce which resembled mustard out of a squeezy bottle.   There was literally no fresh cheese on the menu so far as I could see in any product - it’s all a “cheese” sauce thing. My companion had curly fries, minimum price £3.   These were not in any sense cooked or created for Hooters.  They were simply the same as above, namely something to be bought in any cheap supermarket.

    Whilst not ordering burgers or shrimp etc, it is to be noted that nearly everything did NOT come with fries, so you had to add £3 on to nearly every other order.  I reckoned that if you wanted a burger with a few bits on it plus fries, you’d be shifting £11 at least.  Bear in mind also, no special lunch menu so all prices the same as evening fare.  The food was simply dreadfully poor and demonstrably over-priced.  Final note: 10 chicken wings (and you know how small those are, just the little wing bit, that’s all) cost £7.49 or £7.99 without fries.   There would be, as I mentioned above, no reason for the place, whatever its other faults, to actually have moderately good food - but I’m afraid the food mark must be an overly generous 10%.  I’m not quite sure what the ten per cent is for other than that there was nothing obviously disgusting about the sour cream and guacamole on the nachos I suppose.

    The standard of the food:  10%

    Finally, other facilities. I went to the toilets in expectation of awful things within. Now there were posters of such sporting greats as Tyson (convicted rapist) and Tiger Woods (’nuff said) on the way to the toilets, but within the toilet itself the facilities were clean, modern, perfectly hygienice and unadorned by other materials - both in the men’s and women’s. So to prove that this is nothing other than a balanced perspective, I give the toilets 100%. Problem is, you’d have much more fun and pleasure spending an hour in there than in the rest of the place. Perhaps that could become a unique selling point?

    Other facilities (toilets):  100%

    Will I be back? I might run in there for cover if being chased by an axe-wielding psychopath, but even then I would consider other strategies.

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    1. Kismet Hardy — on 3rd November, 2010 at 2:09 pm  

      I went to a strip club (charmingly called Pussy Club) with a lesbian pal and loved it. Went to spearmint rhino a few years later with a bunch of men and wanted to shoot my cock off (in the self-loathing literal sense rather than as a euphemism). I judge new men I meet based on how thrilled they are that Playboy is relaunching its club in London


    2. cjcjc — on 3rd November, 2010 at 2:24 pm  

      I hope this will be the first in a restaurant review series…?

    3. earwicga — on 3rd November, 2010 at 2:30 pm  

      I’ll look out for reviews for you cjcjc ;) New breasturants are opening in Brighton & Cardiff if they are in your locality.

    4. cjcjc — on 3rd November, 2010 at 2:37 pm  

      Is there a male equivalent?

    5. Kismet Hardy — on 3rd November, 2010 at 2:46 pm  

      “Is there a male equivalent?”

      Well, I know they should serve cock au vin, knobs of butter, and of course, spotted dick…

    6. cjcjc — on 3rd November, 2010 at 3:29 pm  

      With nice buttered buns of course.

    7. BenSix — on 3rd November, 2010 at 5:22 pm  

      Their hollandaise sauce is delicious, though. At least — I think it was hollandaise sauce…

    8. Sim-O — on 3rd November, 2010 at 5:24 pm  

      I visited the Hooters in Nottingham a few years ago on a stag do, before the beer got flowing.

      I’m guessing it was not particularly thrilling or impressive in any way or I would remember at least *something* about it.

    9. dave bones — on 3rd November, 2010 at 8:29 pm  

      hahahaha Didnt think I would see something like this on PP well done. Sorry you had to suffer for your art.

      Yeah I worked in a strippers bar for a while before we lost all the Brazilians to table dancing. Complete nightmare plus some unforgettable memories. The Police used to come by Saturdays and beg us to stay open to contain away footie fans. Streetwars, crack wars, hooker wars the lot. Would have been funny if I hadn’t lost my sense of humour for unrelated reasons.

      the best thing I remember was a more maverick (shall we say) dancer doing Land of Hope and Glory by the Sex Pistols for Aresnal fans when they did the double. Fucking crazy.

      More of this sort of stuff on PP nice one.

    10. John Christopher — on 3rd November, 2010 at 8:33 pm  

      I love a good pair of tits. I love consuming large amounts of well cooked food. Alas I don’t want to engage in both at the same time. As it’s well known, men (me included) are not good at multi-tasking…..

    11. Don — on 3rd November, 2010 at 11:35 pm  

      Are those prices for real?

      And just for fun.


    12. earwicga — on 4th November, 2010 at 12:21 am  

      ‘we’re just fucking monkeys in shoes’ - cheers Don :)

    13. Ravi Naik — on 4th November, 2010 at 11:14 am  

      And just for fun.

      Very funny!

    14. Phoebe — on 4th November, 2010 at 3:23 pm  


    15. John Christopher — on 4th November, 2010 at 8:31 pm  

      Not if you’ve got breast cancer…….

    16. africana — on 5th November, 2010 at 2:06 am  

      i mean, this whole hooters thing is just an awful thing on so many levels..

      you see in it
      1)the commodifation of female sexuality,

      2)the depiction of a specifically right wing conservative view of sexuality,

      3)the way it is symptomatic of the the sex class dynamic,

      4)the public representation of women, as a whole, as sex objects and in a way pleasing to the pervasive male gaze…

      bristol, home as it is of women’s aid and other left leaning activism is the last place i would have imagined giving the go-ahead to this.

    17. Otto — on 7th November, 2010 at 4:38 pm  

      Despite all your complaints about the sixism quotient, at least the waitresses at Hooters waren’t forced by their evangelical ministers to sit at the back of the church.

      Women who agree to gender segretation in houses of worship are, without doubt, the biggest, dumbest, flabiest hooters going.

      For them, nabbing a position at Hooters would represent a major setp up in life.

    18. Sarah AB — on 7th November, 2010 at 7:34 pm  

      It’s interesting that Otto, while affecting concern about gender segregation, does so in terms which express contempt for women.

    19. africana — on 7th November, 2010 at 10:07 pm  


      was otto feigning concern for the those poor oppressed charedi women or was it (boringly, predicatbly)yet another thinly veiled dig at islam?

      and the question is: if a position at hooters were such a great option for women, why wouldn’t they do it for nought recompense?

    20. Larry — on 18th November, 2010 at 1:01 pm  

      The writer can’t seem to understand - no doubt because any reasoning abilities have been lost when the red mist of feminist rage descended - that it is a girl’s CHOICE to work in Hooters.

      Just like it’s YOUR choice not to eat there.

      And that’s the end of debate, feminist.

    21. earwicga — on 18th November, 2010 at 3:28 pm  

      Larry, Hooters don’t employ children.

    22. damon — on 18th November, 2010 at 4:12 pm  

      Haha, spot on earwicga.

      As for Hooters itself? Well, you have to be a bit of an eejit to want to go there, but does it do any harm?
      Maybe. There’s a place in London called ”School Dinners” in which the staff dress up like St Trinian’s school girls. Is that any better/worse?

      On last night’s Newsnight there was a report from Russia to make a feminist despair.
      Here at 30 minutes into the programme.

      Women are at pole dancing lessons, learning how to catch a rich husband. One woman says: ”Feminism is a poison. I don’t understand where it came from and I hope it ends soon.”

      Obviously a lot of scope for improvement there.

    23. earwicga — on 18th November, 2010 at 4:33 pm  

      Cheers damon! That School Dinners place looks like bloody good fun. I heard a short report on PM about Russia last night - will go watch the link now, cheers.

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