The initial appeal of the Froghead Grill (121 Clinton Center Dr, Clinton) was that we were in the mood for cheese sticks, and we’d heard they had good ones. Then again, it’s hard to get fried cheese too wrong so we weren’t necessarily expecting much else from it. The location and building didn’t raise our expectations any–it’s in a row of Shoney-type places and looked like more of the same. But inside, it actually had character!
We started with the cheese sticks, and could understand why we’d heard good things. The batter on those things was impressive–thick, nicely flavored, not at all soggy. They offer mozzarella and pepper jack, and we got three of each; though our craving going in had been for mozzarella, we weren’t that into the mozzarella cheese itself and much preferred the pepper jack (which comes with ranch dressing for dipping).
We also got their “Famous Froghead Bread”: garlic bread covered in cheese and green chiles. It was actually a bit less delicious than it sounded–I think I would have preferred stronger, or more, chiles.
My very favorite thing we tried, though it may look a bit frightening from the photo, was the Crabby Patty–a burger topped with a jumbo lump crab cake and crawfish sauce. I enjoyed every individual aspect of this monster (I ended up trying each element separately when the whole thing inevitably fell apart) and they also went well together. The crawfish sauce was very rich, as was the crab cake. The crab patty was tender, with large flaky pieces of meat, and was delicately fried. The burger itself was one of the better ones I’ve had around here–pretty moist for being well done, savory, and with a good char-grilled flavor.
An employee suggested the Pacific Wrap (sauteed crawfish, popcorn shrimp, cheese, and remoulade), telling us it was their most popular menu item. The shrimp and crawfish made for a good combination of textures in each bite. The remoulade wasn’t bad, but its flavor did overwhelm everything else a bit. The fries were lightly seasoned and well fried.
If I lived in Clinton, Froghead would likely be a frequent stop for me when I was feeling like something extremely unhealthy but well made (which is often). I’ll even make the trip from Jackson again, I’m sure–I could see it being my favorite place around for beer, a burger, and some fried stuff while watching the game.