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Fried Chicken, Fried Fish and Banana Pudding on LI

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Fried Chicken, Fried Fish and Banana Pudding on LI

Paul Trapani | Nov 9, 2003 02:24 AM

Parker's Fish 'n Chicken
213 Front Street
Hempstead, NY
516-565-117

I had a two piece fried chicken dinner here, which was a drumstick and a breast with "Taters." Taters are potato wedges coated with the fried chicken batter and fried. KFC has a version of them, but these are much better. They use a pre-made seasoning mix on the chicken, but the chicken is expertly fried. I was a little worried that the chicken might taste a little fishy, but that wasn't the case at all. They had a sign in the window that said "We have banana pudding today" and that's what drew me in. The banana pudding was dense with 'Nilla wafers and very ripe banana. The pudding itself was just mortar, filling the spaces in between. I eagerly scraped all of it from the plastic container it was served in. The staff here was very friendly and genuinely concerned with the customers enjoying their food.

Long Island Fish Establishment
1522 Straight Path
Wyandanch, NY 11798
Takeout only

This fried fish and soul food place just opened. All the fish looked amazingly fresh. One look at the fun, colorful takeout menu convinced me that this was a cool place. I had a flounder sandwich and banana pudding. The fish is marinated and coated with a creole style (strong celery flavor) coating. It smelled fantastic on the car ride home and I strongly resisted the urge to pull over and tear into the bag of food. When I got home I opened the bag and was happy to see that the fish and bread were wrapped seperately, keeping the fish nice and crisp. The fish tasted as fresh as it looked. I also liked the hot sauce, standard bottle stuff doctored to have a little sweetness. Banana pudding was sparse on bananas and the pudding not as thick as the one above, but it was still good. They also have children's meals that come with a prize!

As a side note this place is across the street from Village deli which Jim wrote about in ChowAlert. The jerk chicken that Phil at Village deli serves up is quite possibly the most soulful thing there is to eat on Long Island.

Good banana pudding and other soul food can also be had at (also covered in ChowAlert):

Roman & Ann Soul Food
1005 Prospect Ave
Westbury, NY 11590
516-997-9001

McKeller's in Hempstead is a soul food place that I've yet to explore. When I popped in to grab a menu I asked if they made banana pudding and the owner of the place smiled. They didn't have it that day, but they do make it. I liked their corn bread (can't leave completely empty handed) which they gave me warm and wrapped in tin foil.

Mc Keller's
143 N Franklin St
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 483-4929

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