The Insatiable Palate Review #8: Pies ‘n’ Thighs (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)


Food: A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.

When Dana Cowin of Food & Wine Magazine says the best fried chicken in the United States is twenty minutes away from home, cancel ALL YOUR PLANS and run to Southside Williamsburg. Besides, clubbing on a Friday night is overrated. Fried chicken will “me love you long time” as long as you leave a generous tip.

Portion/Price: Forget all your presumptions about not being full after a 3-piece meal. On a scale of “still starving” to “satisfied,” I was straight up limping out of the restaurant with a 9-month-old food baby. TWINS.
I admit thirteen dollars for a plate of chicken seems pricey, but quality homestyle chicken meals are hard to come by in the city. Yes, I understand that the Popeyes on 14th street will fix a dinner for three people for less than twenty bucks, but when’s the last time you dreamt about Popeyes chicken at 2am? Pay the extra cash money to get your hands on The Fried Chicken Box.

Just look at how happy I am

Taste: Although I have tremendous love for wings, the chicken at Pies ‘n’ Thighs is far superior to any type of poultry you’ll get from a street vendor. The PnT paprika, black pepper and cayenne seasoning definitely makes delicious, juicy (not oily) fried chicken.
Sadly, the sides have a lot of catching up to do. In my opinion, the biscuits at Popeyes are softer and flakier than the ones at PnT. The Mac and Cheese is somewhat gloppy and the Hush Puppies aren’t very memorable. The side french fries are a safe, delicious choice.

Sides: Mac n Cheese, Potato Salad, Smoked Pork Collards, Black Eyed Pea Salad, Baked Beans, Cheese Grits, Cole Slaw, French Fries, & Hush Puppies 

My stomach could not stomach dessert. I’ll be back for you next time.

Word of Advice: Even though our group stumbled upon an empty table, expect a decent wait around dinner time. Also, please don’t get restless if your food doesn’t arrive quickly. Comfort food demands patience so just finish your during-meal conversations during pre-meal. Let me remind you that everyone is going go silent once they start hooking up with their fried chicken box.

I’m going to do stairmaster for six hours to burn off my last meal.

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