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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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Hot Beef And Pie At Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Hot Beef Combo

This past Sunday, I was introduced to something I have never heard of or seen before. Hot beef!

Four & Twenty Blackbirds hosted an event with Amy Thielen (host of Heartland Table on the Food Network) where Thielen served hot beef (a combination of smoked brisket sandwich with a scoop of mashed potatoes and covered in gravy) and the Elsen sisters paired it with their blackbottom oatmeal pies PLUS complimentary Jeni’s ice cream and Kelson beer. Oh…boy. The hot beef was delicious, well I mean what’s not to like about meat, bread, potatoes and gravy?! The meat, smoked by Fletcher’s, was tasty and tender. I went back and forth between the hot beef and ice cream. Dude, that’s Jeni’s ice cream! I couldn’t let it melt so 2 bites of hot beef then 1 bite of ice cream.

It was fun hanging out and catching up with the Elsen sisters and Alex aka Brownie.

Also the unlimited flowing of Kelso beer. Ah yeah.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, 439 3rd Ave Gowanus, Brooklyn

L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Can’t believe last time I took a trek out to Gravesend was in 2010, when Howard and I ate at L&B and Totonno’s.

You think after eating a bowl of pho, just 30mins before, that I wouldn’t be able to eat pizza. Nope. While on the way home I regretted not getting 3 slices at L&B. I loved their square slices back in 2010 and I still do in 2014. Howard wasn’t a big fan of the thick crust but that’s actually what I like about this. Thick, crispy bottom, sweet and slightly tart tomato sauce, and outdoor seating. Next time for me, 3 slices ($2.50 each slice) all corners it’s the way to go.

L&B Spumoni Gardens – 2725 86th St, Gravesend Brooklyn

Fried Chicken: The Commodore

The Commodore

This is my second time going to The Commodore in Williamsburg and I can confidently say that their fried chicken is preeetty awesome. Back in May I had my first experience and The Commodore quickly jumped to the top of my “favorite” list. There’s a lot of great things about The Commodore, close enough to the G train, tiki drinks, crazy good nachos, friendly bartenders..etc. But obviously the most important thing is their delicious, dark meat only, fried chicken ($12).

This isn’t some $24 fancy pretentious fried chicken and that’s what I like about it. It is simple, good, straight to the point and it comes with honey butter for you to smear it on the fried chicken or the three biscuits that accompany the plate. Every restaurant should start serving honey butter. Oh and prepare to get messy, this is pretty much a hands on, no knife and fork sort of fried chicken. Take a bite and all the crispy bits fly in all directions, some might land on the plate but most likely on your lap and that’s okay. Be sure to wash it down with a mint julep which the bartender said to me, “good choice.”

The Commodore 366 Metropolitan Ave (corner of Havemeyer St), Williamsburg Brooklyn

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Fried Chicken: Walter’s

Walter's

I keep getting Walter’s and Walter Foods mixed up, thinking they’re the same place. So Walter Foods is in Williamsburg while Walter’s is in Fort Greene. Got it? Got it.

My friend that had the fried chicken at Walter Foods in Williamsburg said it was just average and she’s right. The chicken here, 1 drum and 2 thighs, is served with mashed potatoes, gravy and spicy honey. While the idea of jamming fried chicken into my mouth with mashed potatoes sounded perfectly comforting in this cold weather, I couldn’t help but felt the chicken was lacking a little something. Extra bit of salt? More flavor to the brining liquid? Though a generous pour of spicy honey on the chicken didn’t suck.

This is no destination fried chicken but a pretty okay if you live in the neighborhood sort of chicken.

Fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and spicy honey $16
(They serve chicken and waffles for brunch)

Walter’s and Walter Foods, Fort Green (166 Dekalb Ave) and Williamsburg (253 Grand St)

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Fried Chicken Sandwich: Behind The Scenes At Allswell

Allswell

On Monday I posted Allswell’s crispy chicken sandwich, which is currently my favorite fried chicken sandwich (do you have a favorite chicken sandwich?).

I also got a chance to spend some time in the kitchen with Nate Smith while he was preparing and cooking my sandwich. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos after the jump!

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Fried Chicken Sandwich: Allswell

Allswell

When I first had the idea to do this fried chicken project, I knew that I had to also include fried chicken sandwiches. Because….well because why not? I love a good fried chicken sandwich as much as I love a good plate of fried chicken with biscuits and slaw. So here’s my first fried chicken sandwich post….

You can find one of my favorite fried chicken sandwiches at Allswell. The pieces of chicken are brine overnight, soaked in buttermilk, plus a coating of flour mixture and fried to perfection. For $13, the sandwich comes with fries (and mayo!) and they are delicious as well. I eat this sandwich everytime I go to Allswell for lunch and it pairs so well with a tasty beer.

The sandwich is available during lunch, brunch and late night hours.

Allswell – 124 Bedford Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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