04 June 2012

Review: Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue takes place in Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. It's a large two-story venue filled with tables facing the Pioneer Hall stage. A very rustic dining hall reminiscent of a log cabin with wood beams and candle-lite lantern chandeliers. Tables are set with red table clothes, metal plates and checkered napkins, which you'll be encouraged to use during the show.

Pioneer Hall - Fort Wilderness
Time to set the stage so to say. The Pioneer Players (Six Bits Slocum, Dolly Drew, Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Flora Long and Jim Handy) are a traveling actor troupe stopping by Pioneer Hall for the night (not really but that's the story). Some might consider the show to be a little bit corny but it's funny and sarcastic.

Those napkins I mentioned, well you're encouraged to swing those around during one part of the show. That's not the only crowd participation, they also look for those with birthdays, anniversaries (which we were celebrating) and other special  occasions. If getting on stage has been a dream, well for the finale you might even be picked by the performers to join in.

The menu consists of American fare and it's all-you-can-eat so you won't be leaving hungry. Served family-style is garden salad, corn bread, mashed potatoes, cowboy beans, fried chicken, smoked barbecue pork ribs and strawberry shortcake. The menu also includes all-you-can-drink soft drinks, lemonade, ice tea, milk, apple juice, draft beer, wine and sangria.

Drinks arrive first in Ball canning jars, followed by the food in metal buckets. Everything comes out family-style and if you want more all you have to do is ask (this includes the beer, wine and sangria!).

Moonshine seems more like what you'd have to drink in the pioneer days but I'll settle for wine and sangria. The sangria was delicious but I figured one sugary wine drink was enough for me and moved on to the Merlot.

Garden Salad
Typically I nosh on a little bit of the salad and then dive into the good stuff. I actually enjoyed the salad enough to have seconds. The cornbread, being a Northerner transplanted in the South I've learned to appreciate good cornbread, and this was... good cornbread that is.

Mashed Potatoes
Cowboy Beans
Sides include mashed potatoes (without gravy), corn and Cowboy beans. All were good but the Cowboy beans were great! These smoky beans didn't stand a chance. We finished them off and asked for seconds.

Fried Chicken
Smoked Pork Ribs
Your meat options are chicken and smoked pork ribs. I've probably never mentioned this before but I don't like ribs. I find them often to be too dry and chewy. These ribs are one of the best ribs that I've ever had. I would typically keep going back to the bucket of chicken but I found myself going back to well for more of this succulent ribs. The chicken was good too. It was moist with a crispy skin, just the way fried chicken should be.

Strawberry Shortcake
There are some simple desserts that can be fantastic and the strawberry shortcake is one of those. The strawberries had almost a jam-like consistency and were topped off with shortcake, whipped cream and a slice of fresh strawberry. It's a must-save-room-for dessert!

The service is great! Often in restaurants that are family-style you become a little bit forgot, but not at Hoop Dee Doo. Our server Mark was fantastic! He made sure we never needed anything, including alcohol. He was friendly and a lot of fun.

I was a little hesitant about the dining experience and the food but found it to be fantastic. The menu isn't anything unusual but it is really good for what it is. You'll definitely be entertained by the actors! Will I be going back? Definitely!

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