Where to eat: The Duke (7819 Main Street, Houma)
What to order: The Duke
When to visit: BEFORE CLOSE OF BUSINESS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd 2013!
I first learned about the Duke the same time I heard it was closing this weekend. The restaurant’s Facebook announcement that it was closing for good after service Saturday, combined with the passionate fan responses in the comments, had me immediately looking at the menu and planning a first and last meal there. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one.
We waited a good half hour to earn a seat, and another thirty minutes or so for our food, but the extremely casual atmosphere and the knowledge that we’ll never have this meal again helped ease my impatience. The staff is a pretty motley crew with big hair and band shirts blasting music from the exposed kitchen as they cook up their freshly homemade signature burgers.
There are plenty of options to choose from like the Big Kahuna (Hawaiian style with Polynesian sauce and pineapple) and the Hangover (topped with bacon, grits, fried egg, etc.) I went with the basic Duke and dressed it up with bacon, avocado, and fried egg. Anything would go well with this burger, though, as it tastes like your mom made it fresh just for you. With tasty seasoned fries and a beer from their nice draft selection (Newcastle for me), the Duke was a great meal. It would definitely make for great late night, post-bar food.
In their farewell Facebook announcement, the owner mentioned that some people have expressed interest in buying the Duke. Whether or not that pans out, we’ll just have to wait and see. But whether this is the first you’re hearing of the place like me, or you’ve found yourself nursing a Hangover there from time to time, you should make a last trip before they close this Saturday. What are your favorite local restaurants that are no longer with us? Let us know in the comments.