asks the patient, ‘Have you stopped drinking liquor and eliminated bacon, butter, red meats and sugar from your diet?’
‘Yes,’ says the patient. ‘Will I live longer?’
‘Probably,’ says the doctor, ‘but what's the point?’
I can’t remember when Chuck and I had last eaten fried chicken. It must have been at Gus’s in Memphis back in June. And this was great—although I think that Chuck still gives an edge to Sunny’s in Church Point, LA. So I was excited when Evie, Raina, and the two of us decided that our lunch destination would be Lo-Lo’s.
The fairly long menu offers numerous permutations on chicken, waffle, and fish combinations. After no little deliberation, Evie and Raina decided to share one of “Lolo's Famous Soul Food Platters”--their choice being two pieces of fried catfish with two sides, and cornbread. For their sides they chose the fried okra and the collard greens.
Chuck opted for a light lunch—the Sheedah's Special with one breast, one wing (whole wing), and one waffle. I didn’t taste any of the items on this plate, but he praised the chicken’s flavorful and crisp crust and the moistness of the breast. And he also declared the waffle to be “delicious.”
If you were asking yourself “Where are the potatoes?” Rest easy. To go with his lunch he added a side of potato salad. This I did taste and it was a good restaurant-version.
I seriously considered ordering “Bubba's Shrimp and Grits”—seven jumbo shrimp sautéed with mushrooms, scallions, bacon, a zest of lemon, and a splash of Tabasco, then topped with cheddar cheese, and served over a bed of grits. But I was hungering for fried chicken and wanting to erase the remembrance of the awful wings I ate in Page, AZ, from my memory bank. So I went with “Chyna's Honey Hots”—six whole wings splashed with a honey and hot sauce and served with a cup of ranch dressing.
First, these were the largest and meatiest wings I have seen since we last ate at Sunny’s where the wings are the size of an archaeopteryx’ (winged dinosaur). Second, the crisp coating didn’t get soggy under the blanket of honey hot sauce.
After Sunny’s (Church Point, LA) and Gus’s (Memphis), this may be the best fried chicken of our travels and Lo-Lo’s earns a 4.0 Addie rating.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.