Restaurant of the Moment: American Voodoo

American Voodoo

4655 Park Boulevard,

San Diego, CA 92116

(University Heights)

(619) 255-8504

www.american-voodoo.com

We visited American Voodoo on a freezing Sunday night. It was so quiet around University Heights and especially at the restaurant, which was serving a total of three patrons, that we almost went somewhere else. But our fears were unfounded.

Not only was the restaurant warm and cozy (it only seats a total of 37 people), the hostess was friendly and welcoming. She recommended a number of her signature dishes, which we readily tried. The portions are good-sized, not too small, but not overly large either. Between two people, we shared the biscuits and honey-butter, signature mac’n’cheese, and fried chicken plate with fries and red beans and rice. We walked out quite full, but very satisfied.

American Voodoo serves southern comfort foods in the best way. Everything was delicious and flavorful and none of the dishes felt too heavy on their own.

The biscuits and honey butter was just superb. Warm and buttery biscuits, with a crisp outside with just the right amount of crunch. Perfectly complimented by the sweet butter.

One of the dishes they are known for is there habanero mac’n’cheese. It was very flavorful and not very spicy at all, which was nice. Just a little kick and a ton of flavor.

Out of all their dishes, they are best known for their fried chicken. And it’s well-deserved. The chicken was crispy and flaky on the outside, but the meat was falling-off-the-bone tender on the inside. Not sure what they put in their batter, but the breaded coating had a unique and delicious flavor.

Even beyond the great food, this little restaurant has great ambiance. Rustic wood floors, utility pendant light fixtures, and one large wall set aside as the decor centerpiece, stuffed with feathers, bones, skulls, a stuffed wild boar, pictures, little trinkets, and all sorts of odds and ends.

All in all, will definitely make a return trip!

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