Few Clouds 42° Good Afternoon
Few Clouds 42° Good Afternoon


153 Merrick Ave. Merrick, NY 11566-3491



$$ (Moderate)


Down-home Southwestern and Southern dishes served in a fun, funky friendly spot where the chili ... More »

Co-owners Carole Olkoski and Margaret Mueller are the driving forces behind this funky, kitschy Western-themed restaurant where the cuisine ranges from Southwestern to Southern to Cajun to whatever the kitchen feels like doing. Country-western music (live sometimes) fills the room. Most everybody orders from the blackboard menu, which changes daily.

Begin with a rousing bowl of pork chili or a plate of addictive sweet potato pancakes, served with red apple butter.

Marinated steak is a trifle chewy but very good; grilled chicken with a kicky mango mustard sauce gratifies, too. And it's hard to do better than R.S. Jones' pecan-coated catfish with horseradish cream sauce. Accompanying "smashed potatoes" with cream gravy are truly smashing.

Finish with the knockout chocolate pecan pie or one of the house-made fruit pies, served with lots of fresh whipped cream.

Keep in mind that the restaurant only accepts American Express and cash; reservations are only for parties of 6 or more. And remember: nobody counts calories. --Joan Reminick 

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