Restaurant Review: Huck’s Place

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Restaurant Review: Huck’s Place

The delicious bacon-wrapped tuna with hollandaise sauce.

The delicious bacon-wrapped tuna with hollandaise sauce.

Photo by Allie Russell

The delicious bacon-wrapped tuna with hollandaise sauce.

Photo by Allie Russell

Photo by Allie Russell

The delicious bacon-wrapped tuna with hollandaise sauce.

Allie Russell, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Huck’s Place, one of Columbus’s original restaurants, is a must-go  in terms of the food and experience.

Opened by the Huckaby family in 2008, Huck’s was originally a Cajun and Creole restaurant, but later added several items to the menu, including pastas, steaks, and burgers. Today, Huck’s is widely known for their signature “Huck Burger,” a three quarter pound Angus Beef patty that’s dressed to order, served on a sesame seed bun.

Huck’s is also known for appetizers such as the crawfish nachos and the mozzarella cheese sticks. During the warmer seasons, Huck’s has a crawfish special, along with a live band every Thursday evening.

This past Thursday I, along with my sister and mother, made reservations at Huck’s for 7:45 p.m. Due to crawfish night, the whole place was beyond packed, and the wait time for two people was between 35 to 45 minutes. Although we had made reservations, we ended up waiting for a few minutes before getting a table. After we were sat at our table, the waitress didn’t take our drink orders for another ten minutes. It was a very lengthy service, but was completely understandable for how packed the place was. For appetizers, we ordered the crawfish nachos, and the cheese sticks.

While waiting for the appetizers, I looked around the restaurant. The lighting was extremely dim, almost having a jazz feeling to it. We sat on the 2nd floor, which allowed us to see all areas inside. Instead of being a band, there was one man sitting on a stool with his guitar, but due to the large and noisy crowd, you could barely hear him singing, which was a shame. He was very talented and had an extremely clear voice.

The appetizers finally came, and I ordered the char grilled tuna steak with fries as my entrée. The crawfish nachos looked exceptionally appetizing, and had an abundant amount of flavors that complimented one another. The only complaint I had was that the homemade chips were a little too bland. The cheese sticks were really well also, but were a little too salty. Personally, I don’t like salt so it’s more of a personal taste, not the food itself.

My entrée was the highlight of the night. The plate layout itself was almost perfect. The bacon wrapped tuna, topped with crab and hollandaise sauce, was neatly on the plate, and the excess sauce was now wiped clean, leaving a very neat presentation. Similar to the crawfish nachos, the entrée had amazing flavors that complimented each other. Although I ordered the fish medium, I received tuna that was slightly medium rare, which turned out to be a good thing. The fries, on the other hand, were extremely small and a little over seasoned. Then again, I personally don’t like my food with a lot of salt, and that’s what the fries’ seasoning mostly consisted of.

The food is pricey. It isn’t a cheap restaurant that you can go to with a $20 budget, but in my opinion the food is worth it. I wouldn’t personally recommend bringing children or going without a reservation on Thursday nights to avoid the problems of waiting a long time. Service can be slow on crowded nights, but everyone is friendly, and tries to make every customer happy. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who doesn’t mind spending a bit on food, and is looking for a place that has good, quality food.