Joined: Sep 15, 2002
From: Costa Mesa
|Posted: 2003-10-15 12:18 am  Permalink|
I finally made it out to the Bahooka on Monday for lunch. I can't believe I've ignored the hype over this place for so long. The fish tanks and the continuous bubbling sound through out the restaurant were unlike anything I've ever experienced in a restaurant before. It's like eating in a sunken ship.
The drinks that I had (planter's punch and shrunken head) were very good with good presentation. Even the soft drinks are served in bamboo shaped clear glasses. The house specialty, the ribs, for 6 bucks were delicious.
Even though some people don't consider the Bahooka a straight ahead tiki bar/ restaurant, I, personally think that it falls right in line with what is considered a tiki establishment. The ambiance was amazing and there were plenty of tikis there. I have always heard that there aren't many tikis at the Bahooka but I saw at least seven. Maybe they got some new ones recently? Anyway, here are some of pics that I shot.
The majestic BAHOOKA
The first tiki that you see walking into the restaurant.
Crazy carrot eating 'parana-like' paca.
The bar. Note the plexiglass fish tank bar top. It doesn't get much cooler than that.
A dining area in the Bahooka. Check out the hanging float lights and the carved tiki poles on the back wall. This dining area is kinda atypical of the Bahooka. Most of the restaurant is a maze of booths and different room. The lighting is super low and kinda reddish too.
Bad picture but another tiki. My girlfriend pointed out the jail cell gate behind the tiki. I don't know how they decided to put that in there but it definitely adds to the eclecticism. Eating in there is probably like eating in the stockade of a ship.
I noticed this Witco in one of the booth areas. Looks like it used to be a stool and is missing the cushion that goes on top.
What a cool place. Good food, great drinks. I endorse it fully.
[ This Message was edited by: Luckydesigns on 2003-10-15 00:25 ]