Conch fritters….hmmmmm…one item sadly lacking in my area since the closing of Hey Mon in Greensboro years ago. I’d get the occasional craving now and then for their conch fritters with jerk sauce, sweet potato fries, jerk pork, and their slaw with pineapple and pecans. My mouth would actually water when I was driving near their location.
Love a good hushpuppy but would prefer a good conch fritter any day of the week. We use to get them cooked fresh by the bag full down near the key west aquarium in the 60’s. There was a place right next to a small shop where an old guy rolled fresh cigars. The aroma in that area was unbelievable.
I stopped at Smithfield’s BBQ and chicken in Raleigh, NC yesterday. I bought a BBQ sandwich and a chicken thigh. They served hushpuppies with the chicken. The hushpuppies were about the size of your little finger and had little or no onion in them. Personally, I did not care for them. The chicken thigh was very good and spicey. The pulled pork bbq sandwich was not one of my favorite types of BBQ.
Paul E. Smith
In Key Wierd we used to tell the tourists that the conch fritters were like "hushpuppies with some sea slug (the conch) mixed in…"
Bring on the Key Lime mustard sauce lol
20 miles from Lexington, NC (again….)
Try using a pancake batter dispenser.
The best hushpuppies I’ve ever tasted I had at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Onions, garlic and jalapenos. Oh, my, they were delicious.
Some pretty tasty hush puppies can be found at the BBQ joints I have visited in my area of the North Carolina Piedmont. ‘Course we’re close enough to Lexington too, and trips to the NC coast put us in the area to sample the Eastern NC style of BBQ.
It seems there are two styles: the skinnier version curled up in a coma shape about the size of your little finger and then the slightly plumper shape, more of a short pillow shape. As long as they are hot, not greasy, and have plenty of onion in them, I’ll go for either. If you have never tried dipping your hush puppies in honey butter, you are in for a treat.
Cute kid story: my son used to call them "shoo dogs" when he was a little fella. He’ll be 34 tomorrow…..sigh….where does the time go?
Southern Kitchen in Dallas had perfect little cylinders, which I’ve never seen elsewhere. Every picture I see today has you use a spoon to toss a dollop of batter in the oil, I don’t like that. The thin part overcooks, and the center is underdone. I wish I could figure out how they made those little tubes, maybe 3 inches long, and a little bigger in diameter than you’re thumb.
in high school, i worked for a mom-and-pop cafe that served really good hush puppies, what made them unique was that the egg whites were whipped seperately then folded into the batter. crispy outside, light and non-greasy inside but not enough onion for my taste 🙂 but the basic idea was great.
The following recipe claims to be hushpuppies. But it is really corn pone. Leave out the garlic powder and brush with melted butter after frying for a true southern treat.
I have never been a fan of hushpuppies until this past weekend when I ate them at Hocutt’s Barbecue in Moundsville, WV. They automatically come with the meal, but if you want honey butter or molasses butter to dip them in, it will set you back a quarter. Anyway, they were unlike the hushpuppies I have ever had anywhere else. They were crunchy, sweet and creamy and my buddy and I couldn’t eat them fast enough. We would have gotten a second order, but there were so many things on the menu we wanted to try, we didn’t dare. I did get an order to go and ate them for breakfast the next morning.
I still haven’t made it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby, NC yet, but plan on going there soon. I am looking forward to seeing how they stack up against Hocutt’s. By the way, the owner and cook at Hocutt’s is also from NC….Raleigh to be exact.
I guess this will have to qualify as the last "Northeast Location" …They are still operating in Danville, PA at the intersection of Pa Route 54 and US Route 11.
Last one in PA. It seems that the operator/manager and staff are all one family. I give them tons of credit for keeping it going.
I love the Chicken, Hush Puppies and Crunch Pup’s (Battered and deep fried all beef hot dog).
Willy’s just outside of Colonial Beach Va. I had the best quiet dogs, (hushpuppies) I’ve ever eaten there a couple weeks ago…..the BBQ isn’t bad either!!!
I had forgotten that Arthur Treachers had hush puppies. I remembered the chicken & chips (and the chicken really wasn’t bad) and the malt vinegar.
I loved hush puppies as a tiny child travelling in the South and then never had them again until my teens, at Treacher’s. Not like a real fish camp’s, but satisfied a craving.
Nowhere left in the Northeast I know of.
I used to love the hush puppies served at Arthur Treachers. We used to have them in the Northeast, not sure how much of the rest of the country had this chain restaurant. They’re few and far between these days. I’ve never been into fish, but I loved getting hush puppies with their Chicken & Chips.
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