The Bottom Line
It might not be grammatically correct but Ross's Hooked and Cooked feels just fine when you're hungry for some soul food in Phoenix. Two appetizers, one lunch plate, one dinner plate and two desserts later, we spent about $15 each excluding beverages, tax, tip and gratuity. That's a lot more than I would normally eat at lunch, so although that's very reasonable for what we had to eat at Ross's Hooked and Cooked, you don't have to spend that much.
- Nicely prepared and presented comfort food
- Several options for people that don't want fried food
- Online menu not in synch with actual menu?
- Dining room can be loud
- Ross's Hooked and Cooked offers soul food in south Phoenix. You can find traditional favorites, along with a few surprises.
- The menu at Ross's Hooked and Cooked is focused on seafood and chicken. Vegetarians can work with side dishes.
- The dining area at Ross's Hooked and Cooked is very pleasant and very bright and clean looking.
- I don't recommend Ross's Hooked and Cooked for a quiet, romantic meal or where privacy is an issue. It can be noisy.
- Ross's Hooked and Cooked is closed on Mondays. They have Karaoke on Saturday nights and a buffet on Sundays.
- Baskets (between $4 and $7) at Ross's Hooked and Cooked make great kids' meals.
- Service at Ross's Hooked and Cooked was pleasant and friendly.
Guide Review - Ross's Hooked and Cooked
It wasn't very busy on a Friday afternoon when my friend and I visited Ross's Hooked and Cooked in south Phoenix, so we had plenty of time to try to narrow down our choices--that was difficult!-- and to have a nice, long, leisurely meal.
We were advised that we could order off either the lunch or dinner menu. We ordered the crab cakes ($7.50) and the Fried Okra ($3.50) to start us off, and we knew we were going to enjoy our visit. Lots of crab in the fresh, hot crab cakes, and lightly battered hot okra. Just right.
I know in my heart that the foods here aren't considered low fat or low calorie, but I did feel that, compared to other soul food places I have visited, the food here was less greasy, less slathered with butter (unless you wanted to), and not quite as heavy in general. I didn't leave feeling at all heavy or uncomfortable.
Sides are so important at a soul food restaurant, and catfish or chicken wouldn't be complete without cornbread, candied yams, collard greens, and red beans and rice. We had them all, and we can recommend them all. Maybe not commonly found on other soul food menus in town, Ross's Hooked and Cooked also offers salmon, shrimp, and crab legs.
Thankfully, today's dessert was one of my favorites: peach cobbler. Huge portion. Delicious.
Noticeably absent from the menu: grits
Wish I would have tried: macaroni and cheese
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. (04/2007)