Joe's Gizzard City, Potterville, MI. - Maybe it's just me---
Following my grandson's graduation in Lansing, Donna and I just HAD to get down to Potterville to try out the fried gizzards at Joe's. Endorsed by none other that the world renowned chef Guy Fieri, life wouldn't have been complete without the experience. Here's my take:
It's truly a little piece of Americana; a small town dive with bar, pool table, a couple of booths and a few tables. It has a cozy, folksy feel, the kinda place you would want to go after a softball game or date (if memory serves; I'm 67!). The menu is good with sandwiches, burgers, chicken and some really good sounding deserts. And fried chicken gizzards. Donna and I, both raised in Kansas City, hung around the cast iron skillet waiting for the crispy, chewy gizzards mom fried up with the rest of the chicken every Sunday. Yum. Unfortunately, Joe's gizzards are different. They have been marinated for eons until tender, coated with a signature beer batter and deep fried. In fact almost everything in the place is beer batter deep fried including the french fries, burgers, and, yes, the cheesecake.
Back to the gizzards, after the first few, they are so mild that soon all you taste is the batter and oil, oil and more oil. The oil's fresh, but you get tired of it real quick. Same with the onion rings. I picked a gizzard up and gave it a squeeze. It dripped oil like a saturated cotton ball
There were a lot of locals having lunch but no one was eating gizzards, just non-deep fried sandwiches and salads. They looked really good.
If you happen to be on 127 south of Lansing and you're hungry, it would be a good place to stop for lunch if, for no other reason, to be able to say that you'd been there. The place is clean and the service is good. Just don't get you hopes up for some kind of revelation. And take an extra Lipator.
Joe's Gizzard City
120 W Main St, Potterville, MI 48876
We opted for the naked fried gizzards when we went there. We both loved them. I like that the grinder was missing. It's the one thing I really don't like about gizzards.
I didn't find anything to be too greasy. I didn't care for the olives but the rings were great.
The triple D burger was good and kinda neat to try but I'd stick to the regular burger in the future.
More and pictures here.
The first time I dropped out there I did get the Triple D Burger (Deep Fried CheeseBurger) and the combo plate of the Gizzards. I think it is a once in a lifetime thing to eat those, but I most definitely go back for the other dishes. I agree 100% about the greasiness of the gizzards and I was not too fond of the flavoring options. I know they cut off a chewier part of the gizzard, but they could use some time time on a few sheets of paper towel.
The main thing I like about the place is the total lack of pretentiousness. Draft beer out of Mason jars and no one in a rush.
You are absolutely on the mark. Except for a little story in the menu, you would never know that the place had been featured on national television. I should have mentioned the mason jars. I'm sure we were the only out of towners in the place and it was getting pretty busy at 2:00 in the afternoon.