Category: fried food

Fried Chicken: Preserve 24

Preserve 24

I was having doubts about going to Preserve 24 for their fried chicken. Couple days before deciding to go, I had read what the guys over at The Infatuation wrote about their experience at Preserve 24. They gave the place a rating of 1.2 (out of 10) and basically said everything they ate was crap. Oh boy. But no matter what, I had to find out for myself.

Unlike The Infatuation guys, I went for brunch and not dinner because that’s the only time they serve the fried chicken. I took a seat in the near empty bar at around 12:30p. I ordered a Bloody Mary and the fried chicken.

The Bloody Mary tasted generic and was nothing special. After a moment, my fried chicken came. Sitting inside a cast iron skillet were 3 pieces of chicken (drumstick, thigh, breast), 2 biscuits, and a bottle of honey wasabi ($17). It looked pretty damn awesome but how did it taste? Well, it..was…pretty….damn…..good. The pieces of chicken were crunchy, salty, and juicy. Though if only the meat had a little more seasoning, this dish would’ve been great. Well, that’s what the bottle of honey wasabi was for. Drizzle that all over the chicken! And be sure to ask for a bottle of hot sauce too.

As for the biscuits, I really liked them. They had this really nice crispy outer shell which some people might hate but I enjoyed the crispiness. The inside was nice and fluffy.

Overall, I thought the dish was good and solid.

Preserve 24 177 E Houston St. Manhattan, NY

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Fried Chicken: Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken

Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken

I LOVE YOU CHARLES! How can you not love Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, a place that churns out great food and great fried chicken? Also for $13, you can do the all-you-eat and stuff yourself silly.

I have read many reviews about this place, some say it’s the best fried chicken while some complain about the actual tininess of the space and the use of heat lamps. All I can tell you is that, both times I went was right when they open on the weekends. I don’t know the quality of the chicken in the afternoon or at night. I can only tell you how the food tasted at 12:30p and it tasted great.

If you have never been to Charles’, you should know that this is not fried to order chicken. It’ll most likely be sitting inside the fried chicken case with heat lamps above it, keeping the pieces of wings, drumsticks, thighs and breast warm. Getting there right when they open is your best bet for getting some fresh hot fried chicken. There’s also the steam table full of mac n’cheese, collard greens, black-eyed peas, rice, okra and one time there was even a whole ham. Yes, if you pay $13 for the buffet, even the ham is all-you-can-eat. The fried chicken, with near perfect crispy non-greasy skin, was great but the both times I had them, I thought it needed just a little bit more salt in the meat. Though I just squirted some hot sauce and everything was just fine. The food on the steam table was pretty standard stuff which you can skip if your main goal is the fried chicken but I can’t say no to all-you-can-eat mac n’cheese!

What I really love about Charles’, besides the all-you-can-eat, is the relaxed atmosphere. I know that isn’t for everybody but I love walking in with couple friends, grab a big plate of fried chicken, stack them up real high, and just sit there for hours eating and eating. No fuss, no one to bother you, no need to deal with attitudes. And the best thing, after eating 9 pieces of fried chicken, I did not feel gross or wanted to die which is pretty important for buffets.

Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken 2839 Frederick Douglass Blvd #1, Harlem, New York

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Red Hook Food Vendors Are Back For Six More Years

Red Hok

Last season when their 5 year permit was set to expire, the future for the Red Hook Food Vendors was up in the air. I couldn’t imagine a summer without eating at the ball fields. Though lucky for us, it was announced early April that they were able to get a new permit that will last for 6 years.

To celebrate their return and also what I like to consider the beginning of summer, a group of us ventured out to enjoy tacos, tamales, pupusas and horchata. The Red Hook Food Vendors is one of my favorite things to do. Besides the fact that I can walk to the ball fields, I can also get some really REALLY damn good food and not have to spend my whole paycheck. Above: for $9 I got a loroco flower with cheese and a chorizo with cheese pupusas plus a big pile of chicharron from the El Olomega truck.

Red Hook Food Vendors, corner of Bay and Clinton St. Red Hook, Brooklyn

Fried Chicken: Jimmy’s Diner

Jimmy's Diner

Do you like gravy on your fried chicken? If you do, Jimmy’s Diner in Williamsburg is for you. Situated just couple blocks from McCarren Park, Jimmy’s Diner is a Brooklyn style southern diner serving disco fries, steak and eggs to breakfast bowls that put things like tater tots, onions, cheese, guac and scrambled eggs into a bowl. Those all sound quite delicious but I was here for the fried chicken.

At Jimmy’s Diner they serve chicken and waffles topped with country gravy ($13) and a fried chicken platter with brown gravy plus 2 sides ($13). Instead of going twice, I did the smart thing and took a friend with me.

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Fried Chicken: Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick

Howard is my Yelp. Not that he bitches all the time about poor services and bland dishes but he is a bit critical about what he likes and dislikes. Hahaa! So when he said he really liked his vegetarian chicken and waffles at Sweet Chick, I knew we have a winner.

I’m a lover of chicken and waffles. I don’t quite understand why there are haters. It’s a GREAT combination. Crispy, carby, chicken, fried, syrup, butter, hot sauce, all great things. And Sweet Chick does it really really good. The pieces of chicken are juicy, tasty and crispy while the waffles are fluffy with nice crisp edges ($16). Also I love their inventiveness by having General Tso’s chicken and waffle and sometimes duck confit and waffles!

Sweet Chick 164 Bedford Ave Williamsburg Brooklyn

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Fried Chicken Sandwich: Joseph Leonard

Joseph Leonard

Clay (aka Ultraclay) pointed me to the fried chicken sandwich at Joseph Leonard a while back. He told me he had a hard time picking his favorite fried chicken sandwich. It came down to Allswell and Joseph Leonard. So as a curious eater, I had to check it out sooner than later.

Joseph Leonard has been on my “to-go” list for a while now but like so many places, I just never got around to it. And so this is why I’m glad I’m doing this project. Trying out new places, new fried chicken dishes, new experiences. Cause of this project I was able to cross this place off my list.

They only serve the fried chicken sandwich during lunch, brunch and late night hours. I had a free day on a random Friday and decided to check it out.

Even at 11:30am the place was nearly packed. I grabbed a seat at the counter (lovely space and light!) and ordered a beer and the fried chicken sandwich. For $14, the sandwich came with mayo, tobasco, honey, bread and butter cucumbers and served with a side of chips. This was one awesome sandwich and totally understand why Clay would have a hard time deciding. I especially love the mayo, spicy, and sweet combination. I’m having a hard time deciding which sandwich is better also but does that matter? Why can’t we have 2 favorite chicken sandwiches?

Though, I do prefer fries over chips.

Joseph Leonard 170 Waverly Pl, West Village

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LA Eats: Ricky’s Fish Taco

Ricky's Fish Tacos
I’ve been wanting to check out Ricky’s Fish Tacos ever since I read about him on Dylan Ho’s blog few years ago. Though without a Twitter account, it was a little difficult to track him down, especially it takes about an hour to go to LA from my parents’ house. But finally he joined Twitter and I was able to see if he’ll be out on the street serving his delicious fish, shrimp and some times lobster tacos. So last October, while I was out in LA with the Big Gay Ice Cream guys, I drove to 1400 N. Virgil Ave in Los Feliz where Ricky was suppose to be. Sadly, after driving around the same corner a dozen times, I gave up and drove home.

This time, armed with my iPhone and Google Maps, I succeeded in locating him!

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