Feb 082006
Authors: Julie Abiecunas

259 S College Ave

Fort Collins, CO 80524

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For those of you who have never been to a Mongolian grill, let me enlighten you. It's sort of like a buffet, only there are far more options and it's sort of like a hibachi steakhouse, only you pick exactly what goes on the grill. And if you've never experienced a Mongolian grill before – Hu-Hot is just the place to start. Located on the corner of College Avenue and Olive Street, Hu-Hot can provide you with perhaps the most fun you'll ever have at a restaurant.

It's like having every meat, vegetable and sauce in your kitchen you'd ever have wanted to cook with, yet you don't have to bother preparing it yourself or cleaning up!

There is several different stations set up for you in the restaurant, one for different meats and noodles, another for the veggies and another for all of the sauces. Once your food is cooked, there is even another station with different nuts and additional sauces to add on top. In case you're not feeling particularly creative or in your best culinary form, there is an entire board set up with different recipes to follow.

I was feeling quite creative (not to mention hungry) on the day I ate at Hu-Hot and tried all sorts of delicious creations. My favorite being spicy sausage, baby corn, snow peas, onions and mushrooms all smothered in the Ghangis Khan sauce. Sauce is definitely one of the most important aspects of the Hu Hot dinning experience. With over 12 to choose from, it's important to choose a good mix and pour tons of it on.

While I sampled almost all of the meats Hu-Hot offers, the spicy sausage was by far the one I enjoyed most.

My dining partners preferred the seafood Hu-Hot offers and raved that the crab and the scallops were their favorites. Other meat selections at Hu-Hot include calamari, beef (also quite tasty) and chicken. If you are a vegetarian, Hu-Hot also comes to bat with many great veggie options such as snow peas, sprouts, onions, broccoli, cabbage, etc.

Another perk to the restaurant is the chefs; they cook your meal at the cook station located in the center of the restaurant. They are extremely friendly and even entertain those waiting by juggling their spatulas from time to time. The chefs, along with the lively atmosphere of people bustling about picking out their entrees makes Hu-Hot the perfect spot to go when you feel like going out for a nice energetic meal with friends. It's by no means a romantic atmosphere, but for the lively dinner, it would make a very fun and upbeat date choice. It's also a blast to try the creations made by dinners at your table.

When you decide to make a trip to Hu-Hot (which you must) make sure you arrive early. I ate at Hu-Hot for lunch on a Sunday, and when we arrived at 11:30 a.m. the place was empty, yet by 12:30 p.m. the line at the cook station was 15 to 20 people long. The chefs make the wait entertaining and it really isn't bad standing in line.

Another perk to Hu-Hot is the cost. The restaurant is all-you-can-eat and at around $8 to $11 per plate (depending whether you dine for lunch or dinner), it certainly won't break the bank. I plan on going back to Hu-Hot to dine again, especially since one of my dinning partners, exclaimed at the end of our meal: "That is my new favorite place to eat at in FoCo."


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