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… of Bahooka Family Restaurant (or as some call it Bahooka Ribs and Grog.)
UPDATE: Bahooka has been sold and closed
      Bahooka Restaurant Pacu Rufus
While not the most sophisticated or deco of places, this joint is interesting, to say the least.  Dating only to 1967, it is one part Gilligan’s Island, one part tiki, and one part Aquarium of the Pacific.  Dark and moody on the inside, Bahooka spills over with more than 100 aquariums.  Bahooka matches many of the more upscale kitchy and personality-filled restaurants.
If ever a fish were a celebrity, Rufus would rank among the top.  A now 36-year old Pacu who likes to eat carrots, made an appearance in the Johnny Depp flick Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Bahooka Restaurant
Bahooka Restaurant


One of the fun reasons to go to Bahooka is the bar menu.  It has your typical tropical drinks – I tried the Planters Punch and the Singapore Sling.  Honestly, they were all very sweet with not much kick and even though the glasses look large, the glass is also deceptively thick, so they don’t hold a lot of beverage.  I considered ordering the Lak-a-Nooki (promises, promises!), just to see if I could keep a straight face, but didn’t.  Next time I also want to get a flaming bowl for two, because a tiki dinner just isn’t complete if you can’t sear off your eyebrows.
The restaurant has your typical steaks and ribs fare.  If you enjoy meat and potatoes, Bahooka should please you.  The food was plentiful if not gourmet.  As a true carnivore, I didn’t have a problem finding something to eat.
Bahooka Restaurant cocktail
Bahooka Restaurant Menu
Bahooka Restaurant
It was a fun place for an evening out and if I can get my 7-year old to enjoy it (he loved roaming around looking at all of the fish), it is a fun little jaunt.  Those looking to enjoy a drink infused and atmospheric evening with friends, Bahooka Ribs and Grog fits the bill.
Bahooka Restaurant

2 comments so far.


  1. ahhh, I can rarely resist a Tiki bar. Wonder if they have lava flows and blue hawaiis…my favourite sugary cocktail goodness

  2. wacky tacky says:

    I love this place (not so much for the food). I was just thinking about my next restaurant review and thought of Bahooka. Great minds think alike!!! Thanks for the cool blog!

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