Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Royals Hot Chicken

Yes, more chicken!! Royals Hot Chicken is one of my new faves on Market Street in downtown Louisville. Royals is tapping into the Nashville Hot craze, where the fried chicken can be crazy-spicy hot. They have a thermometer for your heat selection, from Classic Fried (Mildness) to Gonzo (Madness). My friend and I settled on middle-of-the-pack Medium and Hot versions, so we could compare and contrast. I'll attest that Hot was plenty hot, but I'm open to taking it up a notch on my next meal. Who's with me?!

Sides were flavorful, too. We each ended up with a baked sweet potato (although I think one was supposed to be the black eyed pea salad), and shared the cole slaw and pimento cheese grits. YUMMY!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Claudia Sanders Dinner House

This post can be filed under "when in Rome…" I'm driving through Shelbyville, KY, on my way to a bagpipe festival. Afterward, I've already planned a stop at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Yes, Mrs. Colonel Sanders! 

The story goes that the front building was Colonel and Claudia's home starting in 1958, and the back building was the headquarters for Kentucky Fried Chicken once they outgrew the house. The big space is now hone for The Dinner House, which originally opened in 1968 as The Colonel's Lady.

After a half-basket of delicious rolls, my chicken breast dinner with green beans - note the bacon chunks! - and mashed taters came out. Sooo much tastier than what comes in the red and white striped boxes from KFC now!

However, it was this slice of Derby Pie that really shot me over the moon. Set your taste buds for pecan pie with chocolate chips, and you are somewhere in the neighborhood of this baby!

So, when you have a taste for local history, and some really good food, make go see the folks serving it up in the Colonel and Claudia's honor in their old stomping grounds.

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