Friday, February 4, 2011

Frugal Feast #14

Temperatures below freezing and mountains of slush threatening to ruin our cheapie winter boots are not enough to deter our cravings for warm weather, summer cook-out food.

The Commodore (366 Metropolitan Ave), celebrated for its strong, cheap ($7-8) classic  cocktails served in the space Formerly Known as Black Betty, took it to eleven last summer with their well-priced fast food menu. The crunchy, salty, greasy items on the short and sweet menu may take a half hour to come, but luckily the well-priced drinks make the wait less bearable.

And oh, you’ll be happy you waited- especially if you’ve ordered the fried chicken.

Three thighs and biscuits, to only be ordered from the bar and enjoyed with a Slow Gin Fizz or a Manhattan on the rocks, are nothing short of perfection. We say this with full knowledge of Pies N’ Thighs, Egg, and of course, that suburban favorite brought to you by the 14th St KFC. Perfection. Fried chicken was one of the latest crazes in the culinary world, garnering much attention from the New York City gourmet scene and city-dwellers with a taste for the greasy stuff. Served in a plastic basket with a side of buttery, fluffy biscuits, these crunchy bites honey-buttered heaven will be gone before you can order another drink.

This past summer, we witnessed an angry mob throw more than one utensil at a diminutive waitress who informed the table that the kitchen was out of biscuits. If you find yourself in this situation, it is best to hunker down around your own basket, eating stealthy bites of heaven when furious hipsters’ heads are turned. 

If fried chicken isn’t your thing, than A. you’re out of your goddamn mind, B. you have no idea what you’re missing, and C. we feel bad for you. However, opting for the cheeseburger ($7), barbeque pork ($9) or hot chicken breast sandwich, with pickles and smoked mayo ($10) are nothing to snort at. If you are in a thoroughly Mexican state of mind and are mulling over the two chicken tacos ($7), we would suggest against it and instead walking one block down the street to the Endless Summer Taco truck.

While the “Adult Cheese”, an upgraded version of the grilled cheese will set you back $6 and we are not usually one to endorse the indulgence in food you can easily make at home in your toaster oven for 80% less, we wouldn’t blame you for springing for a slightly-burnt sandwich with oozing pimento and a side of crispy fries.


Now receiving attention from well-respected sources, such as the New York Times and NY Magazine, we fear for the backlash from it’s loyal customers who must now relinquish their tables to Upper West Siders trying to get in on the latest food trends. Hopefully, you’ll all have the opportunity to snag a booth on a blustery weekday night when the craving for southern soul food hits.

Until then, you may just have to live vicariously through our taste buds (which are telling us to get some fried chicken, now).

Unpretentious dining at it’s best.

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