I first tried Pies 'n' Thighs not long after they opened last year, and I really enjoyed the food there the handful of times I visited last summer. I haven't been back to the area in quite awhile, but found myself hungry in Greenpoint this past Saturday and with a car at my disposal decided to forego my usual Polish food indulgence and drive over to South Williamsburg with my mother in tow.
I debated long and hard between ordering the catfish "box" or the pulled pork "box," and in the end the pork won out. I opted for potato salad along with my sandwich and a slice of key lime pie for dessert. My mother went for the fried chicken box with collard greens and a slice of key lime as well. Our responses couldn't have been more polar opposite.
My sandwich was better than I remembered. The pork was juicy and moist and smoky - and there was a lot of it (enough to share a few choice bits with my drooling dog!), the vinegar BBQ sauce was tangy but not overpowering and had a hint of spicy kick. It was a bit chilly Saturday evening, so we had opted for take out and drove our dinner home. The roll was a little soggy after it's long trip back to Northern Manhattan, but it was soggy with delicious pork juices and didn't bother me much. I don't remember the pulled pork being served with pickle AND coleslaw last summer, just coleslaw, but the pickles were a wonderful addition. My potato salad tasted homemade in the best possible way, it actually tasted a lot like my own potato salad, and the side serving was enormous; there was enough for a small serving the next day. And I continue to contend that Pies 'n' Thighs serves one of the best key lime pies I've ever had anywhere: creamy, tart, little bits of grated lime rind, crumbly graham cracker crust with just a hint of extra brown on the edges.
My mother had an entirely different experience. Her three pieces of fried chicken were dry as dry can be, more like chicken jerky with a batter crust. It was a serious bummer as the chicken filled the car with absolutely glorious food smells on the drive home, and made us so hungry we were ready to drop in the sidewalk and eat on our laps by the time we got home. I thought she was exaggerating, as she's prone to hyperbole, but I tried a bit of the chicken, and it was indeed quite dry and unappetizing. She didn't like the greens either, I'm not much of a collard green eating type, so I really had no basis for comparison. Her meal was so disappointing she didn't even really enjoy the pie. Ironically we both find it hard to enjoy a rich dessert without a good meal in our bellies!
Oh! And the hush puppies I loved so much last summer were gone from the menu! I would have sorely missed them if my potato salad hadn't been so good.
Anybody else with recent reports to share? I still haven't tried brunch, and now I'm afraid I will have a hard time convincing my mother (and partner in most of my dining crimes) to join me!
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