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Off Da Hook Soul Food

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Just back from first visit. Newly opened at 18th Avenue and Glendale. Great staff. Gracious. Food was wonderful. Wings were crispy. Lightly breaded. Juicy. Waffle was crispy on outside and tender on inside. Got there early so didn't get to try any of the other dishes but will definitely be back....perhaps this afternoon! For those who like LoLo's...just as good but different. More choices in town! Note that address that appears with this review is not correct. That is location at swap meet. I'm writing about new location.

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Off Da Hook Soul Food
1804 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

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  1. I updated the place info, so (I hope) the correct address will show up in your post eventually.

    1. Is this in the location where Susan's Diner used to be?

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      1. re: JerryMe

        Answered my own question. Yes, it is where Susan's used to be. Basic same layout, but they're removed some tables, put in tile and new booths and oddly enough, the bathrooms were remodeled and there are no mirrors.

        Food is really, really good. Had catfish (fresh) with really excellent tartar sauce. Tried the fried chicken with waffles and SO had the pork chops. Meats were done perfectly - moist and flavorful. The batter is really crispy and good. Tried the beans and rice - I loved them and finished them. SO wasn't impressed. Cornbread is really, really good - whatever you get, get the cornbread as a side.

        Didn't have room for dessert but we'll be back. Glad to have Off Da Hook on this side of town so I don't have to drive to LoLo's. It's almost on par with LoLo's IMHO. They've nailed the waffles.

      2. Andre, the owner of Off Da Hook Soul Food Restaurant, is a true foodie. When he noticed that the fried chicken breast on my plate might be a little dry, he cooked up a new one for me. His goal is to serve the same quality food in his restaurant that he’d want to eat at home. He can invite me there anytime.
        We each ordered a plate: smothered pork chops ($10.50) for Ken and fried chicken ($9.50) for me. Each came with two sides, so we opted for mac and cheese, cabbage, greens, and yams (all the sides are $4 if ordered a la carte), and corn bread. Since it was busy, Andre gave us some corn bread to “keep us busy”. It was burn-the-fingers hot. Whether it got that way in the microwave I don’t know, because it was so buttery-sweet-good it got eaten before it could change texture. The chicken was delicious, with a light peppery crust and moist meat. The two pork chops on Ken’s plate were huge, and to use Ken’s word, “astounding”. They had also been breaded and fried, but they remained succulent. All the sides were outstanding, to a great extent because they’re not loaded with salt. The cabbage was nice and sweet, and the mac and cheese gooey and rich (although I have to say that Bobby Q is still has my #1). The yams were fabulous - in a nice, lightly spiced syrup, they could have been dessert. Since the portions are more than generous, we took home a piece of sweet potato pie ($3). I’m glad that we hadn’t tried it at the end of our meal as it was disappointing. The filling was one-dimensional and the crust unpleasant. Hopefully the peach cobbler or red velvet cake are better.
        There are lots more things on the menu I’d like to try. I’m not sure Ken will ever be able to get beyond the pork chops. Ribs, meatloaf, fried shrimp, and oxtails. Some of Andre’s family is from Louisiana, so there’s gumbo and red beans and rice. Catfish and red snapper. You can even get baked chicken - but why would you?
        The restaurant is small, with an active take-out business. It’s clean, tables get bussed quickly, and everybody is friendly. In fact, we spent a pleasant half hour talking food with Andre. There’s another location at the swap meet at 5115 N. 27th Ave.

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        Off Da Hook Soul Food
        1804 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

        1. JUST VISITED FOR THE 1ST TIME THIS PAST WEEK. I'VE EATEN AT VARIOUS SOUL FOOD SPOTS IN PHX AND I'D LIKE TO SAY THE FOOD HERE IS GOOD, HOWEVER THE SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. WE WAITED ABOUT AN HOUR FOR OUR FOOD AND WEREN'T EVEN OFFERED A GLASS OF WATER, IN FACT AFTER PLACING OUR ORDER WE WEREN'T ACKNOWLEDGED AGAIN UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO PAY AND THEN WE WERE CHARGED MORE THAN THE MENU PRICES(NO EXTRAS WERE ORDERED). ALTHOUGH THE FOOD HERE IS GOOD I CAN'T IMAGINE VERY MANY PEOPLE RETURNING. BAD SERVICE CAN MAKE OR BREAK A BUSINESS. WOULD HATE TO SEE A SMALL BUSINESS GO UNDER DUE TO POOR SERVICE SUCH A SIMPLE THING TO FIX.

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          Off Da Hook Soul Food
          1804 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021