Terrible’s: A celebration of great dining choices

May 07, 2002 1:56 AM
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Terrible’s is anything but.

"People do joke about it, but once they try our place out they love it," said Mike Barnes, marketing manager for Terrible’s Hotel / Casino at the corner of East Flamingo and Paradise.

Terrible’s is a victim of success, often having to fight the image that its casino and fine dining does not feature lubes and car washes. What Terrible’s is happens to be an eating experience catered to locals with the customers’ interest at heart.

"There aren’t many places where you can redeem points in the casino for lunch and dinner specials in a fine café," Barnes said. "We can."

Terrible’s prides its fine dining in two upstairs venues ”” the Bougainvillea Café & Rotisserie, along with an adjacent buffet.

"We are known for serving meals with portions too large for just one person," Barnes said. "Most of the comments we get from people is that they just can’t eat that much. But at such a reasonable price, they sure try."

The buffet has seven themes, which change daily. The favorites are Tuscany Night, Seafood Night and Chinese Night. There is also a champagne brunch on Saturdays and Sundays that has received excellent response.

"We have a small, but friendly staff and a great atmosphere," Barnes said. "The entire menu sells well, but most patrons order the half rotisserie chicken, prime rib and Chinese."

One of the top attractions is the rotating chicken, located in the rear of the café where diners can watch their meal being cooked before their eyes.

"It can get pretty warm sitting by those spits," Barnes said. "However, we get a lot of requests to be seated there so they can watch."

The Café also features graveyard and breakfast specials, most notably the Triple Play (3 eggs, 3 pancakes, 3 sausages for $1.99).

"Our Players Club has great value to this café," Barnes said. "No other property can match our points specials. "For 1,500 points, you can redeem for a T-Bone or Prime Rib dinner."

Barnes noted that Terrible’s is planning to expand the Café, buffet and casino in the near future.

"Considering we have been in operation just over a year, that’s pretty good progress," he said. "We do a 70-30 locals-to-tourist business and our customer base has been very receptive to what we have offered."

The Café is under the operation of Chef David Tweedle, who had past experience in Las Vegas at the Fiesta.

"We are very fortunate to have Chef David," Barnes said. "I think the fact he’s from England and has lived in New Orleans has been a real bonus as far as the different ideas and creations he has made to our menu. He is particularly well known for his chicken fried steak."

Terrible’s has turned the old Continental into an attractive place to gamble, eat and socialize.

"The more the word gets out, the first thought about Terrible’s will be about this place," Barnes said.

TERRIBLE S 24-HOUR SPECIALS

16oz. T-Bone Steak $7.99

10oz. Roast Prime Rib $7.99

14oz. New York Steak $12.99

Each served with choice of potato or rice. Vegetable of The day, cup of soup or garden salad and a 12oz draft beer. Must be 21 years of age.

BROILED CHICKEN SANDWICH $6.99
Broiled chicken with slices of tomato and lettuce accompanied with bacon and cheese. Served on a Kaiser bun.

FARMER’S DELIGHT $8.99
A New York steak with fried eggs, topped with a zesty béarnaise sauce, garnished with fried tobacco potato on a French torpedo roll. Served with fresh cut seasoned fries.

T-BONE STEAK AND SHRIMP $16.99
T-bone steak and fried shrimp.

TERRIBLE’S CHICKEN (Rotisserie)

Half Chicken $4.99

Whole Chicken $9.99

Fresh chicken marinated in a tequila mix, slowly cooked in a rotisserie oven. Served with rice, beans, corn on the cob and Mango-Cilantro Chutney.

CHINESE SPECIAL $6.99
(Served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Hong Kong Chowmein, Moogoo Gaipan, Mongolian Beef, Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Strawberry Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork — All served with egg drop soup, egg rolls, fried rice and fortune cookies.