Chicken Shack Lunch
Tempt your tummy with a Chicken Shack lunch
|Back when I first started at this Internet job, I didn’t have a car, so I would take the Metro to work. Each morning, as I walked from the Braddock Road Metro station I would be enticed by the best smells of home cooking since I left my Mom’s kitchen.
The smells of fish and chicken being deep fat fried would hit me at right about the Wythe & South US1 intersection, erasing my mind and exciting my stomach. For two blocks, I would salivate with desire, but it wasn’t until this spring that I put the Blue & White on my lunch schedule.
The Blue and White is what I refer to as a true Southern Chicken Shack. There isn’t any seating, decor, or even space to wait. The Blue & White is pure and simple damn good southern eats. Straight to your heart & kill you super saturated fats cooking that makes me twitch just thinking about it.
First there is the fried chicken dinner. Your choice of a whole leg (with thigh) or breast, deep fat fried, with the skin on of course, that gives it a super crispy outside and a juicy greasy inside. Then there are two sides that you get with the dinner from a choice of four: corn, green beans, mashed potatoes with thick gravy, or my favorite: collard greens.
If you’re not so hungry, you can get the classic chicken leg sandwich, which is a chicken leg (with thigh) between two pieces of white bread. Both versions can come with salt, pepper, and hot sauce, but don’t even think about asking for something fluffy like Grey Poupon.
Here at the Chicken Shack, the customers know good food & don’t need fancy condiments to enjoy real cooking. They drive from all over Northern Virginia, sometimes forming a traffic jam on US1 as their trucks vie for a spot to park. They don’t pay with an American Express card and they sure don’t wonder which wine will best compliment the meal. They are ‘real men’ and want real food, and most days there is a real line of them waiting their turn.
I slide right in when I go for my weekly fix, ordering my favorite combo of chicken leg dinner with mashed potatoes & gravy, collard greens, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. I grab an RC Cola, pay my $4.50 & head to Founders Park, right on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria to enjoy the feast that is a Chicken Shack lunch.
Mmmm! Life is good!