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Farmer Brown report > disappointing fried chicken

brian j | Jun 25, 2006 07:54 PM

decided to hit up farmer brown on friday night for some post-work comfort food. we got there a little past six and we were quickly seated. the bar area was packed, but most of the tables were open. there was some very loud music blaring from the sound system, and it made for a bit of a raucous atmosphere. i didn't mind so much, but at least 2 or 3 couples came in and sat down next to us before quickly exiting only moments later.

the general atmosphere and decor was quite a bit different than i expected. it all seemed a bit more modern, while i expected something more rustic and vintage, i suppose. a cool looking space nonetheless.

started with the watermelon margarita with cayenne-salt rimmed glass. the cocktail itself was pretty good, but i could've used a bit more salt about the rim. the cayenne was interest touch and definitely got my mouth buzzing more than a bit. dana ordered a macallan on the rocks, but they were out, so i suggested she try st george's single malt whiskey. i had a taste and it was smooth and quite floral. i'll definitely need to pick up a bottle.

after receiving our drinks we were served some complimentary mini corn muffins and mini biscuits. these were fresh, moist and a perfect accompaniment to the spicy, sweet pepper jelly.

we were both rather excited to try the fried chicken especially since they're using fulton valley birds. i asked how large the portion was and our server informed us it was half a chicken. what arrived at our table was definitely on the smaller side for half a chicken. the dish included a wing, thigh, and what seemed to be half a chicken breast. disappointing enough, no leg was included. and if the chicken breast was a full breast, then it was the tiniest i've ever seen. it was more like a large nugget of breast meat.

the chicken was steaming hot, nicely fried and not greasy at all. the breast meat was a little dry, though. we were both greatly disappointed with the overall flavor of the chicken. it seemed to be lacking any seasoning at all. no salt. no pepper. we both added some salt and that helped some, but not much. there was no pepper on the table or we would've added some as well.

we decided not to order anything else after being disappointed with the fried chicken. this is main dish that we were truly excited about checking out at farmer brown, and had it been good we surely would be returning often for some.

i guess i'll check back again in a few months and see if they improve the seasoning of the fried chicken. until then, i guess i'll just stick with bakesale bettys.

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