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Wilkes-Barre BBQ report (partial)

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Wilkes-Barre BBQ report (partial)

Guy | Nov 18, 2003 06:36 PM

Woody Brown's Old Southern BBQ and Fried Chicken on Northampton St.

They opened last Wednesday, I went Thursday and Sunday to sample the wares. I'm hesitant to post as they are still very much a work-in-progress with some (figurative) bugs to work out. Yet there is some excellent food to be had and the promise of even greater things to come.

My 2 sons (13 & 11 yrs) and I ordered damn near everything on the menu on Thursday. The BBQ ribs, BBQ 1/2 chicken, and pork sandwich were very good (not Hickory Grill good, but I'm convinced that place was a mirage). Not much smoke character, but very flavorful from the seasoning and accompanied by a very fine homemade BBQ sauce. If anything the leftover chicken was even more tasty the next day right out of the fridge.

The fried chicken was wonderful on Thursday, and would have been spectacular on Sunday if it had been given about 2-3 more minutes in the fryer. My son was put off by the undercooked flavor and red juices in the breast. My thigh was perfect however. The breading on the chicken is outstanding. It's been so long since I've had real fried chicken that I'm happy to have this place for this alone.

Among the sides, the mac & cheese and fried okra are the stars. Fresh okra is a difficult beast, but the simple thin batter, deep frying, and a splash of hot sauce made it a delight.

The single best thing I've had was a "porgie fish fry" special on Sunday. 2 moist, flavorful, perfectly breaded filets that were possibly the best fried fish I've ever had.

I urge everyone to go. It's very cheap, I think our bill on Thursday was about $30 and we ordered enough food for 5.

It's also an honest, family-run operation. You'll see their young daughter pouring sodas and chatting with the customers.

The Clapton blues on the stereo was the right touch.

Again, go.

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