Sodexo hones hibachi


Lance Brownfield

Hibachi is back by popular demand at the Reddie Grill on Wednesday evenings.

Move over MoMo, there’s a new hibachi place in town and it’s at Henderson’s very own Reddie Grill Wednesday nights from 4 to 7:30 p.m.


Going on six weeks now, the hibachi menu is back after a long absence.


“It used to be a big hit, so we decided to bring it back,” Chef Stephen Clack said. Clack is the executive chef for Henderson.


The menu includes fried rice, vegetables, a veggie egg roll and your choice of beef, chicken or shrimp. Of course, if you’re feeling really hungry, you can order two or even all three of the meats.


Whatever you decide to try, there are two flavors available that are cooked right into the rice; teriyaki and general tso. The latter of which has a little extra kick to it, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.


I have to recommend the chicken over the beef and shrimp. The chicken is grilled to perfection and just so juicy, while the beef is a smidge on the boring side and kind of rubbery. As for the shrimp, I have no complaints, but the chicken is the obvious winner of this dish in my mind.


Now, let’s talk about the egg roll. The egg roll. It was probably the crispiest egg roll I’ve ever had. It didn’t taste bad, but I definitely couldn’t finish it. Usually, the egg roll is the most enjoyable part of Asian foods to me, so I was sad to see it slightly overdone.


Overall, the plate was a good mix of rice and vegetables, which is something I like to see. The teriyaki flavor was a little strong for my liking, but it was still a filling and hearty meal for the price. It was just a tad bit saltier than other hibachi places in the area.


“It’s gotta smell good to bring people in,” Clack said. “It’s gotta look good and it’s gotta taste good.”


So, did the Reddie Grill’s take on Japanese cuisine hit the mark? It smelled good enough to bring me in. It looked good enough for me to eat it and it tasted good. I wish I could say more about it than that.


I wasn’t impressed. It was quality food, yes, but I won’t be rushing back to have more anytime soon. So, this meal scores a solid “Meh” from me. Still, if you’re looking for something different on campus in the middle of the week, consider trying it.


The Reddie Grill serves hibachi every Wednesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Plates start at $3.99 for fried rice and go up to $8.99 for three meat meals. You cannot use a meal swipe for the hibachi at Reddie Grill.