Earlier this month I got together with Brad over at Creative Loafing for a little fried chicken. Check his post on it.
Shamefully, the only fried chicken of the five I’d previously tried was Carver’s. On the plus side, I had no predisposition to any of these chickees. Brad and I pretty much agreed on everything, though I could see that some people could easily feel differently based on the experience they are seeking. Chicken to go? High quality bird? Star Provisions was the clear winner; affordable too.
Star bird too small? Looking for an honest country vibe and outrageously sized breast? Carver’s it is.
Many people visit Colonnade for the sake of tradition and ambience, but damn the chicken was good. By far the hottest and crispiest and most tender; not a touch of dryness in the breast – the only time I could say that of our tour. Large portions too.
JCT was terrible. So bland and soggy, the texture of the meat was pulverized like it had sat in brine for too long, which doesn’t make sense as it was devoid of salt. It’s worth mentioning that the mac and cheese they served with it was a shameful mess of soggy noodles sitting in a unnecessary pool of warm cream. Years ago JCT was my go-to spot on that side of town – the last two years have seen an odious, unfortunate decline.
Smothered chicken – Busy Bee
Fried chicken – Busy Bee
Chicken fried chicken with gravy – The Colonnade
Fried chicken – The Colonnade
JCT Springer Mountain Fried Chicken
Unfortunately, no photos from Star or Carver’s – forgot my camera!