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Gourment Magazine loves Price's Chicken Coop. Really?

southernitalian Jun 19, 2008 12:40 PM

Evidently the July issue of Gourment raves about Price's. Someone please tell me exactly what to order when I go there to make me love it because I'm still underwhelmed!

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  1. Low Country Jon RE: southernitalian Jun 19, 2008 12:54 PM

    My one experience with Price's somewhat underwhelmed me, too. The chicken was fine, but not exceptional--I think it may have been sitting awhile, so it definitely lacked the crispiness I expected.

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    1. re: Low Country Jon
      hillarybrown RE: Low Country Jon Jun 23, 2008 01:34 PM

      Just went on Saturday while in Charlotte. I wouldn't say it's the best chicken I've ever had, but for a place that produces so much of it, it was impressive and really well seasoned. If anything, the white meat might actually be superior to the dark, which is rare. Also dug the heck out of the hush puppies.

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      HungryGrayCat RE: southernitalian Jun 19, 2008 01:03 PM

      Yesterday's Observer food section said to get the gizzards. I haven't tried 'em...

      1. GodfatherofLunch RE: southernitalian Jun 19, 2008 02:28 PM

        I'm with you. It's good but I am far from being blown away. It is always crowded so it is fresh.
        I find it greasy and bland (under seasoned).
        Oh well that is my yankee opinion.

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          artlee RE: GodfatherofLunch Jun 19, 2008 03:48 PM

          I agree. It is good, but no better than many other places in town. Coffee Cup, Chicken Box, even Golden Corral (horrors) has fried chicken just as good.

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            friek RE: artlee Jun 20, 2008 08:14 AM

            Really? I absolutely love Price's, we're even having them cater our cornhole tournament next weekend. I live about a mile from Chicken Box and in my opinion theirs is far inferior to Price's.

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              GodfatherofLunch RE: friek Jun 20, 2008 11:17 AM

              Whenever I have a cornhole tournament I deal with so much anxiety tying to decide which caterer to go with. Thank you for making my next cornhole experience a bit less stressful. :-)

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                southernitalian RE: GodfatherofLunch Jul 2, 2008 08:46 AM

                GFL - you crack me up. I was at a party this weekend and there were some guys in the backyard playing what looked like what we used to call skeeter ball in NJ. It's that game where you toss a ball or a bean bag and depending on which hole it goes into on a board, you earn a number of points. You see them in arcades and (gasp) Chuckie Cheese's. Anyway, they had these boards in the back yard and were tossing balls into them and someone said they were playing cornhole. Never heard that in my thirteen years in the South. I think a cornhole tournament would be perfect excuse to eat too much good fried chicken. From anywhere!

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                  GodfatherofLunch RE: southernitalian Jul 2, 2008 10:08 AM

                  Who Knew?
                  Thanks for broadening my knowledge. I thought it was a hole where you threw your spent cobs after eating all the kernels of corn.
                  Thanks to you, now I know the real deal.
                  Who catered the party chicken box or Prices?

                  1. re: southernitalian
                    lynnlato RE: southernitalian Jul 2, 2008 05:17 PM

                    Okay guys, you seriously have not heard of the game cornhole? Ohmagawd. Where have u been living? They have big, drunken tourneys. It's a huge thing on college campuses. That said, I remember neighborhood bars back in PA that had a string hanging from the ceiling w/ a metal circle on it. On the wall, about 5 ft away is a hook. The object is to swing the circle and hook it on the hook. Is that crazy or what?

                    I am in Hilton Head this week and I've noticed another new game being played on the beach. It's a marriage of cornhole and bocce ball.

                    But I suppose I'm off topic. GFL, you had any of the Grateful Growers knockwurst? GD, they're good!

                    (GFL, you are so bad - what a breath of fresh air!)

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                      GodfatherofLunch RE: lynnlato Jul 2, 2008 05:54 PM

                      From Brooklyn to Jersey to Charlotte - never heard of cornhole. Trust me you don't want to know about the drunken games GFL engaged in while in college.
                      I'm not knocking the knockwurst, I bet it is fantastic- spicy brown mustard and kraut would be nice. However it is not part of the Godfather beautification program. I have reserved and I am picking up a pork tenderloin from Grateful Growers this Saturday AM at the farmers market on Yorkmont Road. I have some Aji ( spice chili sauce ) that I got from Pio Pio that I going to slather all of over that bad boy. Its gonna be a lean mean tasty pork thing.

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                        lynnlato RE: GodfatherofLunch Jul 2, 2008 06:50 PM

                        Ooooh, gotcha. Yep mustard only is the name of my hot dog game. You gotta try just one, GFL.

                        That pork loin sounds finger-lickin' good. I'm curious about the Aji you mentioned. Let us know if it's yummy.

                        Oh, and it's a tasty pork "thang". ;-)

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                          GodfatherofLunch RE: lynnlato Jul 2, 2008 07:02 PM

                          That is the rub! I don't want one. Three,four - that used to be SOP. No more.
                          The Aji is made with Habanero and Jalepeno peppers. Oh Miss Thang it burns so good. Try to get over to Pio Pio and try it on there chicken. It makes the chicken sing!!!!!!!

          2. lynnlato RE: southernitalian Jun 19, 2008 03:53 PM

            They sure do, don't they? I just read the article today. Maybe they are a silent partner or something and are trying to drum up interest b/c they plan to franchise soon and blow the pants off Bojangles. I dunno.

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              jlwnc RE: lynnlato Jun 21, 2008 09:26 AM

              Color me underwhelmed also. I much prefer Bojangles. I do wonder if Prices has a PR firm; they make Gourment and other cooking and travel magazines frequently and I just don't get it.

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                GodfatherofLunch RE: jlwnc Jun 21, 2008 12:44 PM

                In my humble opinion, while Prices does not rock my world it is a whole lot better than Bo's chicken. Now the breakfast biscuits, now those I like.

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              Potomac Bob RE: southernitalian Jun 22, 2008 10:52 PM

              What city?

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              1. re: Potomac Bob
                carolinadawg RE: Potomac Bob Jun 23, 2008 04:30 AM

                Price's is in Charlotte, NC

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                jaynechef RE: southernitalian Jun 29, 2008 09:43 AM

                I wish I could help you but I feel the same way. The chicken is good but it's far from the best I've ever had. (I think I'd vote for Shatley Springs in Crumpler, NC for that honor.) I truly think it's just one of those bandwagon things ... some food writer "discovered" it and it's got the funky takeout only thing going ... You have to give them credit for some terrific PR.

                1. Sam at Novas RE: southernitalian Jun 30, 2008 11:52 AM

                  I used to get Prices chicken 35 years ago when I was working in the neighborhood. One thing that can be said for Prices is that they have been doing this for a loonnggg time, and doing a good, if not great, job of it. Last Friday after work I needed a fix of Prices and got the gizzards(dinner) which I had never had before. Really good and tender, nicely spiced with pepper.

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