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Dukes Honky Tonk 2352 S. West Street

This building has been around for a while as the Ice House, a legendary tavern on the near South side. The owners decided to retire and an old customer decided that he wanted to realize his dream. Owning a Honky Tonk. To him that meant live music and fried chicken dinners at night. During the day the menu is like most taverns or bars, with a few exceptions. They feature a rotating BBQ special from Black Metal BBQ which is a mobile catering truck that has its base at Dukes. They also feature Hatch Chiles on their menu in the form of a green chile cheeseburger and as a pick me up in their mac and cheese. They import them; I assume from New Mexico. I asked but our server wasn’t sure. No matter where they came from that was what I had to order. I also went for a side of mac and cheese, for a slight up charge.

The sandwich was excellent. A moist patty smashed on a flat top served on a bun wonderfully toasted with just a hint of hamburger grease. The only thing I would do different would be to 86 the lettuce and tomato. They just interfere with the chiles. As for the mac and cheese it was Ok, the chiles carried it for me. To me mac and cheese has a roux made cheese sauce mixed with macaroni. Then the dish is put into an oven with buttered bread crumbs. I can appreciate and enjoy other versions but they are not my preference. The noodle in this dish was nicely done and the cheese sauce was smooth and creamy. It just wasn’t what I expect in a mac and cheese around here.

So if you are a freak for Hatch chiles or if you need a pressure fried chicken dinner then now you have a place to go.


4 responses

  1. I always start mac n cheese with a sauce, but the bread crumbs — I’m the only one here who likes them. Mac n cheese is generally tasty no matter how it’s made, but yeah, we all have our preferences.
    What was your drink earlier? I noticed the chile.

    July 19, 2018 at 5:17 am

    • That was a House Margarita. They float a slice of fresh jalapeno in it and it is tasty. It wasn’t very spicy but that fresh green taste from the chile was outstanding. You are right about mac and cheese and if you toss in some Hatch Chiles then you got a party.

      July 19, 2018 at 8:26 am

  2. I always keep green chiles in my fridge, but hatch can sometimes be mild or WILD, and you never know what you’ll get!

    July 20, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    • Just like a Honky Tonk. I wish I could keep green chiles in my fridge. Can’t get them around here.

      July 21, 2018 at 9:08 am

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