What does $13 get you? 8 piece dinner with four rolls.
Recommended? Oprah has the stuff fllown in. But you don't have to take her word for it.
Fried chicken is as essential to summer as the popsicle man. And, just like a lip-staining Big Stick, the best place to eat it is outside. Best place to get it? Ezell's, of course, 20 years strong. Their recipe is delicious enough to be dangerous, it can turn a civil meal into a carnivorous competition should there not be enough pieces to go around. Lucky for me and my fellow picnicer, $13 and some change got us enough chicken to avert a battle over breasts (or drumsticks, wings or thighs).
$12.95 saw me out with an 8 piece variety pack that included two of each part of the bird. Original or spicy? I opted to mix and match, half and half. The eight crispy pieces come with four, freshly baked rolls- so light and airy that they feel like cream puffs. The only downside is that the meal doesn't come with any additional sides, so I had to breakdown, go over-budget and borrow some cash from an outside source to get the extras: baked beans, slaw and potato salad.
Once everything was unpacked on the blanket at Gasworks Park, we both went for the spicy first. The exterior of my breast piece was perfectly crispy- it hadn't suffered during the drive from the 23rd and Jefferson location one bit. Inside? Moist and tender white meat-the ever elusive chicken result- a juicy compliment to the skin. After sampling both the OG and spicy, we decided it was tough to tell the difference, but didn't care- we were happy anyway. The rolls are the perfect size to make a mini-fried chicken sandwich, an attempt I generally try to make during any meal that doesn't already involve meat between bread.
With the sides (albiet a result of cheating), we had enough leftover for me to munch on (after too much whiskey) last night, and then some. Just as delicious straight from the fridge-especially while tipsy-the second time around.