Chix--The New U St Eco Restaurant
I saw a really short article about this place in the Express today. I checked out this website and it looks like the do chicken in three different ways and sandwiches. They also have some sides. Prices seem reasonable but the catch is everything is eco-friendly. It's on 11th and U St.
Has anyone tried this place yet? Thoughts and reviews would be much appreciated!
I went on Monday afternoon to check it out. Ordered a half chicken with 2 sides for about $12 to go. I was a bit surprised at the price but figured if I was disappointed I could just never go back. When I opened the bag later to eat it, was pleasantly surprised to find a quite large half-chicken (way better looking than say, El Pollo Rico's wan looking birds) and generous sides of the black beans and roasted sweet potatoes I had ordered. I had decided to try the Colombian-style chicken which had some coffee in the rub or marinade or whatever. Overall, the portions are generous, and the prices are a little high, but not for the plump, big birds they're serving. I was unimpressed with the flavor of the chicken, though. I may think El Pollo Rico's birds look emaciated, frozen, and occasionally over-cooked, but that's NOT to say that it's the tastiest damn chicken I've ever had, ever! I just live in DC and seem to find fewer and fewer reasons to venture out to VA these days. Anyway, I'll go back to Chix to try their other chicken recipes and other sides (they also have a chicken soup and several vegetarian friendly items, as well as wraps and stuff), mostly because it's easy to get to, the chicken was good (not fantastic, but whatever) and the people working there were pretty nice.
I find it's best to try places like this during peak hours to avoid dried out birds that have been sitting around, getting over cooked. I will try Chix because it's in the neighborhood but it doesn't sound like it comes close to the euphoria-induced chicken experience at El Pollo Rico. Hail to the Rich Chicken!
Keziah: No thanks, I'm a fruitarian.
Max: I didn't realize that.
William: And, ahm: what exactly is a fruitarian?
Keziah: We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush - that are, in fact, dead already.
William: Right. Right. Interesting stuff. So, these carrots...
Keziah: Have been murdered, yes.
William: Murdered? Poor carrots. How beastly!