After spending the day in Napa and Sonoma, with fried chicken on my mind I bypassed the many eateries on way back to the City from Oakville. I almost stopped at the House of Soul, but instead rang Ricky's Corner to find out if it was still open. A friendly woman said that it usually closes at 9pm, but would be open until 10pm (Thursday). She gave me easy directions for finding it from Hwy 80 and soon I walked in the restaurant entrance. Once inside, my concern that I might feel uncomfortable soon melted away with her warm greeting. The restaurant side was nearly half full with family groups at 8:45pm. I took a peek in the bar and found more families, some with young children celebrating a birthday, dancing to tunes on the jukebox, and playing pool.
I decided to sit at a table in the bar to take advantage of the $7 chicken in a basket special offered Tuesday through Thursday nights. I requested dark meat, and got a smile back with the explanation that the chicken in a basket is a half chicken (drumstick, thigh, wing, breast with back attached). The hostess also advised that it would take about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, I refreshed myself with an iced tea. It was brewed so strong, I needed three packets of sugar (C&H, of course), whereas I usually add no sweetner.
The fried chicken is rather plain with a shattering, crackly flour crust, seemingly seasoned with just salt and pepper. The breast piece could have been moister, but the thigh squirted juice when I bit into it. The wing tip was fried to brittle crunchiness. I forgot to ask for hot sauce, but will certainly use some on the half of my meal that I brought home.
This was a terrific deal for $7, plus $2 for the ice tea. The quoted prices include tax here. Service was friendly with the hostess, waitress, and the barkeep each checking in with me and asking me how I liked the chicken. I liked it just fine.
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