OMG - last night I hurt myself eating take out from Western Smokehouse. My neighbor told me that this neighborhood rib place did really great fried chicken. I decided to check it out even though I recall being underwhelmed by their BBQ.
I ordered a chicken breast, a side of greens and a sandwich of smoked turkey and grilled eggplant. While waiting the server offered roasted peanuts (apparently part of the ambience in this little restaurant).
First let me say that this was wayyy too much food for two people. But it was outstanding! The chicken was crisp and juicy but not at all greasy. The aromas coming out of the bag on my way home were driving me crazy and were all apparent in the seasoning which had a lot of flavor but was just right on the salt. The very large chicken breast AND wing were coated in seasoned cornmeal and maybe cracker meal (I'm not sure). I prefer this to the wet batters. It was served with a corn muffin (too bland) and BBQ sauce for dipping.
The sandwich - ohhhhhhh that wonderful sandwich. It was served on a french roll that had been buttered and grilled. The turkey was not smoky enough for my tastebuds, but it was real, fresh turkey that had been smoked and was very tender and juicy. The eggplant was cooked on a griddle and topped with a bit of parmesan. The turkey was wrapped separate from the eggplant and bread so that we could assemble the whole works at home and top with some sort of ranch dressing (?). It was delicious!!!!! This came with a side of coleslaw. The coleslaw was good, but not traditional. I think it was made with napa cabbage.
Lastly, the greens. Man, I wish you could taste them. These were fresh collard greens cooked with a bit of smoked turkey. I'm a good cook and I have to admit that these greens were much better than mine. I can only describe them by saying what they were not which doesn't do them justice. They were not too salty, not too sweet, not too vinegary, not overcooked. They were almost perfect (could have been cut a bit smaller and a tad less oil).
Our two meals came out to just under $20 and worth every penny. I will definitely go back to sample more items on the menu.
NOTE: They only take cash - no credit cards.