Finally made it here the other day after seeing reviews of it in the past. Walked in a little after noon on a weekday and it was half full and I hoped that meant the chicken was fresh and crispy. The combo is now down to two pieces of chicken instead of three, three sides, choice of corn muffin or biscuit, dessert and a drink. You get a choice of dark, white or mix. Drink choices are still only sweetened and unsweetened ice tea or Kool-Aid. Price is $9.99
I'm a dark meat fan and got the mac and cheese, red beans and rice and corn pudding. Also got the corn muffins and based on past reviews passed on the cobblers and got the sweet potato pie.
The chicken was hot and crispy. The crust was very good, flavorful but not greasy. Meat was moist and cooked through just right but if it was going to be under the lamps for much more than an hour, it would be dry. Definitely get there during peak hours when there is turn. I found the coating a bit bland and unremarkable which surprised me. The draw is definitely the texture and crispness of the frying. However the blandness of the spicing meant that the chicken taste of the meat really came through well.
The sides, muffins and dessert were uniformly pedestrian. Not bad but nothing worth writing about.
I took home another combo for my wife. For sides I got the candied yams, black eyed peas and rice, turnip greens, biscuit and bread pudding w/lemon sauce.
The chicken reheated well in the oven and lost very little in terms of crispness and texture. But the meat was a touch dry. Those sides were also just okay. The biscuit was worse and had absolutely no texture or taste. If you have to choose, get the corn muffins. Wife likes bread pudding and she thought the texture was good, dense and moist and not dry like some denser puddings. But the taste and lemon sauce was only average.
I'd go there again if I was in the area or only a small drive but it was not a blow me out of my mind experience for fried chicken. Value wise, I think $10 for only average sides at best and two pieces of chicken is not great.
I did neglect to ask if they've waived their policy of not selling individual pieces of chicken.
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