March 5, 2003
Hoover's features all the classics of southern fare including meatloaf, fried catfish, and chicken fried steak as well as some others that are equally good--muffalettas and a chicken with Jamaican jerk spices.
While all these are pretty good, I feel it is my duty to clue you in on the two real gems on their menu:
Aus Tex Wings--have you ever seen a restaurant serve habeñero-encrusted wings and offer you a picture on the wall if you are masochistic enough to finish a plate? In a drunken stuper I tried one of those wings once and found myself encountering a wing that was disgusting and without flavor--the only sensation you got was the burning of your throat as you swallowed the little greasy bits down. Hungry? Well, you don't have to worry about that with the AusTex wings. Hoover's signature wings take a different approach: they are spicy enough to make my Thai father comment on them (he usually ignores most dishes people say are hot) yet tasty enough to retain a unique flavor that you won't find at a Hooters. You won't get your picture on the wall for eating the AusTex wings, but your belly will thank you.
Jalapeno Creamed Spinach: I've never liked creamed vegetables or spinach, but this dish made me a believer. How could two things so unappealing to me (cream and spinach) be so good together? This is one the greatest mysteries in my life. You can't go wrong if you get this side.
If you have an hour or so and you are near campus, do yourself a favor and drop by this restaurant--you'll be glad you did.
From journal Soul Food in Austin