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Casper’s A Taste of the South

We had decided on one restaurant, an Italian restaurant we both like, and were on our way, when Mom thought of another restaurant we might like to try, but it was on the way, so we could look at it and decide whether we wanted to eat there or go on to the Italian one.

This is very normal for our family. Our son used to call it “bait and switch” because we would say “Hey! Do you want to go to Tortilla Gonzales?” and he would say “Yeah!” and we would all jump in the car and then on the causeway, AdventureMan would say “You know I really have a taste for Chinese . . . would anyone prefer Chinese?” and I would jump in and say “We’re really close to that sushi place we all love!” and then our son would have to rein us in “NO! You said we were going to Tortilla Gonzales!”

Once he went away to college, we switched all the time. Later, we learned that now he and his wife do the old switch-a-roo, too – family culture is a hard thing to shake.

So we are en route and Mom suddenly shouts “RIBS!” and I say “What??” and she said “We just passed a rib place!” We were at a stop light. “Mom,” I asked, “Do you want to go to that rib place?”



I pull into the U-turn lane and complain “You’ve got to start dealing with me directly; if you want to go to the rib place, you have to say so!” The complete irony being that I was already making the U-turn, which is what she wanted me to do. . . . Family culture being a hard thing to shake . . .

But as we pulled into the already crowded parking lot, the smell was absolutely divine. There was already a line. Good thing, too, it gave us time to read the menu and decide what we wanted.


We both ordered ribs. We are both forbidden to eat ribs. I eat ribs maybe one time each year, like once, at a buffet, I ate one small rib. It is so rare that I allow myself to eat a rib that I can remember even that one tiny rib. But this time, I ordered ribs, because my Mom did. She ordered Sweet Potato Fries and Cole Slaw and I ordered Hush Puppies and Cole Slaw.


You are going to be so so proud of me. I took pictures before we ate the food this time, well, except for one tiny bite I took out of the hushpuppies, but that was to show you what they look like on the inside. (My Mom has NEVER had a hushpuppy in her life before having one of mine.)

We sat down in the large outside sitting place – I can’t help but wonder what they do in the winter time, because it can get really really cold and damp in Seattle, but I am guessing that they do a huge take-out business.


They have a map that they want people to put push-pins in to say where they are from:


I made a little addition:

And, as I promised, here is the food. Actually, they gave Mom this HUGE portion, about double my portion, but since I got four ribs and only ate two, Mom took home a huge box of leftover ribs to package up and freeze and have a little at a time.


Did you know sweet potatoes are really really healthy for you?

(I think sweet potatoes are healthier for you when they have a lower surface/interior ratio and have absorbed less fat, but these are totally, incredibly delicious. That’s sugar on the sweet potato fries, not salt.) Mom took leftover sweet potato fries home, too.


I can’t even pretend that there is anything healthy about deep fried cornbread. I ate them all, except the one Mom ate. They . . . they were really really good. Yes, I am so ashamed, but I would do it again.

And no, I didn’t take a photo of the sweet potato pie, generously seasoned with fresh nutmeg, it was divine, or the key lime pie we couldn’t eat and Mom took that home, too.

Oh, this food was good. As we left, the line stretched way out to door and into the parking lot.

Casper’s Taste of the South
15030 Bothell Way
Lake Forest Park, WA

Casper’s A Taste of the South

Their slogan is:

Put a Little South in Your Mouth. LLLOOOLLLL!

August 29, 2009 - Posted by | Cooking, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Diet / Weight Loss, Doha, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Geography / Maps, Health Issues, Humor, Living Conditions, Relationships, Seattle, Women's Issues


  1. Doha huh ;p

    yum yum

    Comment by Purgatory | August 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hush puppies are the best part of any meal! Of course, I like to make them extra healthy by dunking them in tartar sauce to their half-way mark, eat that half, then dunk the other half. Oh, man!

    Comment by BitJockey | August 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. Land of Plenty

    Comment by Daggero | August 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. Purg, Well, can’t say I am Kuwaitiyya anymore, can I? πŸ˜›

    BJ – LLOOLL – they have a dipping sauce, I am guessing it is about half mayo, half hot sauce. It is powerful stuff. πŸ™‚

    Daggero – Land of obesity 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  5. That’s insane πŸ˜›

    Comment by 3baid | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  6. Insane, and SOOOOO good!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  7. Looks great! #2 daughter and I had ribs on Beale St in Memphis today (that’s like blues alley). The restaurant was called “Pork with an Attitude”. I have always heard about Memphis style ribs—they were fabulous! We also went to Graceland!

    Comment by momcat | August 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Holy Moley, Memphis ribs, doesn’t get any better!

      Comment by intlxpatr | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  8. I ❀ sweet potatoes πŸ˜€

    Comment by ansam518 | August 31, 2009 | Reply

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