Hoochies Oyster House, Featuring Dollar Beers (and Perhaps Oysters?), is Open in Denton

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Hoochies Oyster House (207 S. Bell, Denton) held a quasi-secret soft opening last week to a small but boisterous group of beer-guzzling Dentonites. We checked it out on a perfectly breezy night and have already planned the next few visits just to sit on that magic patio and drink beer that costs less than gasoline.

Hoochies' owner, John Blackwood, could be mistaken for any one of his casual and friendly patrons. Blackwood has intentionally done little to showcase Hoochies and feels confident Denton will take care of business.

"When you have a huge grand opening, it can be hard to maintain that level of hype. I want to spend that time to perfect the service and food, and let it grow on its own."

One thing Blackwood has already perfected is using the nearby A-Train route to his advantage. The train rushes through Denton mere yards away from the bright yellow patio, making a noise akin to that noise the train made in Fried Green Tomatoes when Buddy Threadgoode got dead. When this happens, the people rush inside because select draft beers are just a buck. John 2, Train 0.

Let's talk about that patio. The walls are bright yellow and cleverly adorned in marine-esque décor. There are hand-painted driftwood signs as well as hand-painted song lyrics that range from Bob Seger to Garth Brooks. The picnic tables are numerous and the whole damn thing is dripping with twinkly lights. Thanks to the area's typical pier and beam foundation, the patio is perfectly elevated.

Hoochies' menu is typical coastal fare: baskets of fried things that used to live in water (with fries, duh), Po' Boys, fish tacos, corn and potatoes, and of course raw oysters by the dozen. Blackwood sources his always non-pasteurized oysters straight from Galveston, claiming the Gulf oysters are simply the best.

Of course, it will help if they have them. The oyster bar ran out of oyster the night of my visit, we're thinking they'll have to remedy. Enter the New Orleans Po'Boy. The tartar sauce is more a garlicky aioli than tartar sauce, but it still gives this damn good sando a tasty co-star. See below, commence drooling.

Yes, Denton is on the moon. Yes, gas is $9/gallon. But let's all imagine a world where oysters float to your table while you drink $1 beer on a twinkly patio made of magic.

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GroovyMimi
GroovyMimi

Kergo1Spaceship, you seriously need to come to Hoochie's Oyster House and try EVERYTHING on the menu!!! INCLUSIVE of the fresh oysters, and they are FRESH! As is everything else on their menu.  ABSOLUTELY AWESOME seafood!  I don't know where they get it but it's all THE BEST I've ever had!   I HIGHLY recommend the Baja Shrimp Cocktail as a starter...then anything on the menu, thereafter! :o)

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

$5.99 that's cheap; and I love Pappa's bevy of restaurants (except Luby's-loosely associated)...........I may give this a shot TW-and if I drink plenty of beer and tequila, it will kill any Red Tide, or Blue Green Algae in my stomach. 

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

"and drink beer that costs less than gasoline."

Gas is $4 per gallon.  There are 128 ounces in a gallon.  Beer comes in 12oz bottles/cans.  That would be just over ten beers to a gallon.  You're drinking beer that costs less than .40 per bottle?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Oysters?  This is North Texas!  Where do you get them?  Lake Ray Roberts?  The Gulf Coast.......bleckkkkt!).  Methinks North Texas Oysters are akin to Massachusetts BBQ-or Can Mex (Canadian Mexican food) . 

Just sayin'........"I excite to follow this".

twinwillow
twinwillow

That's OK as long as ya mix the beer and tequila in the same glass.Not to worry about the algae or red tide. All that including the heavy crude oil gets washed off the oysters after their short cycle in the dishwasher.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Kergs, ya know I love ya but sometimes, I want to wring yer little New England neck! Last night at Pappadeauxs I ate three dozen (36) of some of the best damn oysters I've eaten anywhere in the world! GULF OYSTERS, ya hear! Big, beautiful and plump, tasty and clean, GULF OYSTERS!Not those scrawny, tasteless little east coast Blue Points. And, they were only $5.99 per dozen! So ya'll need to straighten up and start appreciating why living in Texas is better'n living anywhere else in the world! Especially, New England!

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

 BTW the first Can-Mex restaurant just opened and if you haven't tried Maple Syrup Enchiladas your missing out

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

 You sir are sadly mis-informed. Oysters are to the Gulf Coast and its culture what Maine Lobster is to New England. Maybe even more so since its really the biggest commercial fishery of the Gulf.

Those cold water oysters are odorless and tasteless not to mention there's no chunks of sand or crude oil included in the price.

Give me the dirty warm salt gulf !

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Whenever I have the pleasure of traveling to the great Canada, I do not eat....the food is just plain gross. I have had maple syrup baked ham, growing up in New England.  

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