A couple of days ago, I went down to Paducah, KY to see a movie with some friends. We decided to get something to eat before the show, so as soon as we got to Paducah we started looking for a place. We had originally intended to go to a place called ‘Backwoods BBQ’ that my friend Hannah had recommended us, however, they were not open yet when we got there, so everyone got on their phones and did a search for some local restaurants. I think we were all looking for some American style, or southern style cuisine, and we decided on a place called ‘Flamingo Row’. As we drove up to the place, it looked like some kind of seedy strip club or casino, with faded turquoise paint and trashy looking flamingos on the side of the building.
When we went inside however, it seemed less trashy. They were definitely going for a “tropical” vibe, or “cabana” vibe, with beach stuff everywhere, and palm trees painted on the walls. It had a sort of charm to it though, you could tell someone was at least trying to make the place look good. When the server led us to our table, she put us in a super dark part of the restaurant, which put me off at first, but I was pretty hungover, and I began to appreciate it after a while.
Anyway, on to the food. I ordered something called a ‘Voodoo Burger’, which was seasoned with jerk seasoning, and came with fries and something called ‘Lizard Sauce’. I also ordered a ‘Mamba Mai Tai’. The burger costed $10.00, and the drink costed $6.00. The Mai Tai came first, and I will say that it was pretty good. The juice in it seemed fresh, and helped my hangover, and there was an appropriate amount of rum in it. A little while later our food came, and the burgers looked good. Although, I had ordered mine medium-well, and it was a little bit overcooked. Everyone else that ordered a burger also said theirs was a little overcooked. Not a big deal though, because they still tasted really good. The jerk seasoning was a little light, I could have done with more of that. The ‘Lizard Sauce’ was like some kind of tangy red sauce, which tasted alright, but didn’t blow me away or anything. My friend Hannah ordered a Tuna steak with some vegetables, and I tried a piece of the Tuna, which was also seasoned with jerk seasoning, and it tasted great, and was cooked properly.
Overall, this place was worth checking out. The tropical decor was a nice break from the monotony of other restaurants, and most importantly the food seemed like good quality.
‘Flamingo Row’ Restaurant, Paducah, KY- 7/10 stars