Janet had scheduled a Chowhound get together at M&M's Fish and Chicken Tuesday at noon in Reno. I ate there this weekend but I thought I'd let Janet make the original post. Don't know if it's going to happen, so I'll give my two cents.
M&M's Fish and Chicken is on Mill Street just east of Terminal Way, occupying one unit in a strip mall.
It's clean and simply furnished. I looked over the menu and told the girl behind the counter I was torn between the chicken dinner and the rib dinner and asked which was better. She said they were both good. I said I wanted the rib dinner and she immediately responded that they were out of ribs. So I got the chicken dinner with collard greens and black eyed peas for sides. It was $9 plus tax.
My order took a while and they served a couple of customers who ordered after me before they got to me. Finally, it came. I got two drumsticks and a thigh with the sides.
First I tried the greens. The taste was great. Mothers would have no trouble getting their children to eat their greens if they tasted like this. I'm sure there's something unhealthy about the way they were prepared to taste this good. Then I tried a forkful of black eyed peas. Not the best I've ever had, but still good. I tried the thigh. The skin was crispy and had just the right kind of seasonings. Don't know what they are, but it's good. The thigh was kind of skimpy, like it came from the Calista Flockhardt of chickens. Not a lot of meat.
Then I tried a drumstick and this is where it started to go downhill. Again, the skin was crispy and tasted great. But the meat was very tough. Rubbery maybe isn't the best word, but it was tough to chew. And the meat didn't taste good. Then I tried the other drumstick, which was big, like it came from a chicken on steroids. Again, great skin, but it was harder to chew. Plus, I found a lot of blood inside close to the bone. I don't think I've ever seen that before on fried chicken. I suspect it's an indication it was undercooked.
I should have sent it back. One of the couples who ordered after me had problems with their meal as they were dining outside and the woman came and angrily asked for a to-go box for her sandwich. I don't know if her anger was directed at the restaurant or something else, but it was kind of an ugly scene and I didn't want to pile on.
So based on one meal, I give thumbs up to the sides but thumbs down to the chicken. I'm looking forward to trying the ribs and fish.
M&M's Fish & Chicken
3080 Mill St.
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