Some of you may scoff at me but this was an interesting experience. I am a San Francisco hound and know food pretty well. That said, I was in Middletown this past week for the funeral of my grandmother. Since Chowhound is all about finding "finds", I did not have great expectations but always on the lookout for good food, especially food that is reflective of a particular area. Anyways, after the funeral, I walked into a small diner called Mid-Town Diner. Frankly, the food looked like typical diner food, maybe even worse. I saw some of the chow that was served and did not look appealing at all. Anyways, I'm always on the lookout for fried chicken as frequently find the "idea" of fried chicken to be superior to the reality of most fried chicken.
The menu indicated a 20-25 minute wait for fried chicken suggesting that it was made to order. Anyways, I went ahead and ordered 12 pieces of fried chicken (all dark meat, not all for myself) to go since thats what my schedule dictated. Nevertheless, this was some of the best fried chicken I've had to date: simply prepared, not a lot of seasoning or spices, doubt it was soaked in buttermilk or any other kind of heavy batter, just good clean fried chicken. The chicken itself tasted like a decent quality bird as well. If anything, it could have used some salt which is easily remedied.
I chalk this up as one of the great things about Chowhound and getting around the country - finding great chow that is reflective of a certain area and generating a memory from these experiences.