Hello, and welcome back. Why are we here? I don't know, but as I was reading earlier today, humans need to transcend, break the normal routines of daily existence, feel there is a pattern, a meaning, escape the here and now. We all do that in our various ways. Some believe in religion; some venture for fried chicken. I fall into the latter category. Here are some recent ventures.
The Dutch. I had been to the Dutch a few years back and thought it was perhaps the best fried chicken I had had in New York. For all these years I wondered: is it really that good? Maybe it was a few years ago, but when I went last weekend it was merely pretty good. A nice spice, a decent enough crunch, good. But not amazing.
BLVD Bistro. This Harlem establishment has good food. Would the fried chicken be good? It was. Served with nice biscuits and a spasm-worthy maple butter.
Hill Country Chicken. This fast casual fried chicken joint is completely solid, with good fried chicken, good sides, good dessert, a self-serve soda fountain featuring artisinal beverages. I ordered two thighs, one "classic," one "mama eels." The one I liked the best had a nice kick, juicy, well-flavored meat, and was a very good fried chicken. The other one was pretty goodish but not in the same league.
Anyhow, thanks for stopping by. I will continue to obsessively eat fried chicken.