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Derricks Southern Style- anyone been?

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meljohns May 18, 2010 07:09 AM

There was a short mention of it in this months MSP magazine. It's at 38th and Chicago. Has anyone tried it?

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    semanticantics May 18, 2010 08:30 AM

    This is within a stone's throw from where I work. I did a little digging and found a menu online and will have to stop in. I'm a vegetarian so I'll only be ordering sides when I go.

    Looks like they've been vandalized twice this spring. The area is "colorful" during the day, and not somewhere I'd meander around after dark.

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      meljohns May 18, 2010 08:36 AM

      Let me know if you go, I'm always on the lookout for good southern food. That's too bad about them being vandalized already.

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      alpa chino May 19, 2010 02:53 AM

      Looks pretty good. I'll try the fried chicken sometime soon. The prices are very low.

      http://derrickssouthernstyle.com/rest...

      1. bob s May 19, 2010 08:42 AM

        Here's a link to Derrick's. I'm adding it to my list of nearby places to try. 38th and Chicago is not 50th and France, but you're not going to be jumped getting out of your car either.

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        Derrick's Southern Style
        3801 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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          semanticantics May 19, 2010 09:07 AM

          I have worked in the area for 6 years (1/2 block away). No, you probably won't get jumped getting out of your car during the day, but there is a lot of violent crime at night / over the weekend. Like most bad neighborhoods, I think that tends to be people that know each other, not random.

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            bob s May 26, 2010 09:14 AM

            I see now that my link did not come through....

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            Derrick's Southern Style
            3801 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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            alpa chino May 26, 2010 01:22 AM

            I finally tried it out today. I went in with very low expectations because
            1) I always do
            2) no one commented on this thread so far.

            It's an actual sit-in restaurant with a small stage too. I assumed it was take-out only. I was in the mood for some fried chicken, but they only offered dark meat. And unfortunately, they didn't even have that. So I had the option of buying the fried wings dinner and a separate side order of fries. I had four fried chicken wings (breaded), a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, greens, french fries, and a small coleslaw. Everything was fresh and delicious. I was thoroughly surprised and impressed. The wings were crispy and perfectly seasoned, the mashed potatoes were smooth and real, and the coleslaw was fairly standard but still good. The only drawback were the greens which were overly salted. I like salt and it was too much for me, otherwise they would've been great also.

            Thumbs up for Derricks.

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              semanticantics May 26, 2010 11:06 AM

              I am eating this right now! Report soon.

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                semanticantics May 26, 2010 11:46 AM

                Being a vegetarian, I can't order most of the menu, probably including the greens. Anyways, I ordered the Hush Puppies ($3) and a side of Mac N' Cheese ($2), to go. When I got my order, I thought that the container for the mac n' cheese was a bit small.

                Back at my desk, I opened the mac n' cheese first. The first thing I noticed was the abundance of black pepper in the orange, creamy sauce. The noodles were large, ridged elbow noodles that held texture well after being cooked in what I assume to be a large, pre-cooked batch of noodles. The sauce, while not gourmet, was tasty and I think really benefited from the black pepper. The portion ended up being just right, it stayed warm throughout and was filling enough.

                My order of hush puppies included 6 pieces. They were a touch smaller than a golf ball. The outsides were nicely browned. They had a nice oniony flavor without being overpowering. The inside dough seemed a bit thick, I would've liked the whole thing to be similar to the texture just inside the seal of the outside, but it's hard for me to judge against a "proper" hush puppy, as I've never had them before. They were very tasty however.

                I thoroughly enjoyed my $5 ChowHound Field Trip and will definitely go back to try some more items.

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                  karykat May 26, 2010 05:33 PM

                  Great review. Thanks.

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                mn_praline Jun 2, 2010 12:41 PM

                i was in the area so i stopped by and ordered fried catfish with fried okra and collard greens. catfish had a salty, savory batter with a crisp coating. greens were some of the better ones i've had-porky and tender but not overly cooked or slimy. okra was fresh. corn muffin was good as well. will be back to try more.

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                  meljohns Jun 2, 2010 01:11 PM

                  Cool, thanks for the write up. I'm always looking for some good southern cooking which, not surprisingly, is really hard to fine here.

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                  getgot211 Jun 4, 2010 02:14 PM

                  http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media...

                  looks like this place closed...

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                    bob s Jun 5, 2010 02:47 PM

                    Wow - that was quick!

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                      semanticantics Jun 5, 2010 03:30 PM

                      Well, they were broken into twice...

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                        buenosds Jun 6, 2010 05:29 AM

                        that is sad.

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                    alpa chino Jun 8, 2010 04:37 AM

                    Actually, I was there last week and I was talking to the cashier who said that the store is changing its name from Derrick's to Willy Dees. The new owner is Willy Dees. The food will remain the same. The family's from Arkansas.

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