Archives for the month of: May, 2016

Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts Do I have your attention?! Yes you read right…Fried chicken and glazed donuts.  They go together like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, kettle-cooked potato chips & pretzels, French fries & ketchup, sweet cornbread and  milk, even bacon and chocolate-covered potato chips (my personal favorite, don’t y’all DARE judge LoL).  I can’t believe I just named all those damn random combos.  I’m not pregnant y’all, trust.

Anyways, took a trip to H-Town, Houston, TX for the slow people in the room, to see my best friend and to allow King Bey a.k.a. Beyoncé, to snatch my soul ever so gently from my body, then give me back my precious life, at The Formation Tour. In the mean time, in between time, I had to get my fat girl on and feed my face at yet another delicious restaurant that this city had to offer.

 

We headed over to The Heights, really nice area, pulled up to Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts.  Luckily, for a Saturday, it wasn’t crowded at all.  The place is really cute.  Gives you that dive-y, diner feel, old school, booths and walk-up counters.  I can’t lie, walking up to the register, looking at the menu, I was a little intimidated, because I didn’t know where to start.  Everything looked so good.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the donuts in the case and fresh, hot, fried chicken coming out of the fryer behind the cashier!  After being lost for a quick 30 seconds or so, I was found.  I saw what I wanted that was going to change my taste buds forever – Double Donut Fried Chicken Sandwich. Wait, WHET?!  I couldn’t just stop there though, so I got a side of the Southern Potato Salad and a side of the Bacon, Onion & Jalapeno Marmalade for my sandwich.  My best friend got Lee’s Fried Chicken Sandwich with a side of the creamed corn.  Different things ordered for tasting purposes, a variety at the table.  Smart girls, we know.

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the calm before the storm…

Let me just say, everything came out quick, hot, piping hot, fresh and they do not skimp on the portions.  What you see above, it may not look like a lot, but once that wrapper was removed and tops were taken off, oh BOY!

 

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IMG_9105Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, you are seeing right.  That is two, golden-fried, juicy, all white meat, chicken tenders, sandwiched between two, whole glazed donuts.  I seriously took a good 30 seconds to a minute to just sit back and realize what was sitting in front of me.  When I picked it up to take a bite, I didn’t even know where to bite, it was so pretty.  That moment passed though, real quick, fast.  I was done and over with.  Pure sweet and savory bliss, my eyes literally closed from such pleasantry and happiness.  Chicken and donut euphoria.  It got worse though, I took greed and gluttony to a whole other level.

See…the sandwich came with a sauce.  The first sauce listed on the menu, clearly because it’s the most popular – Bacon, Onion & Jalapeno Marmalade.  Damn, Damn, DAMN!

IMG_9104I’m pretty sure that the recipe for this delectable dressing, is top secret.  It’s pure gold.  I don’t think it would taste bad on anything.  You’ve got bacon, BACON, jalapeno, onion and I bet brown sugar plays a huge part.  What wouldn’t taste good topped off with this?! Tell me!  I’ll wait.  So, to add more insult to this enticing injury, I did it, I added the marmalade to the sandwich.  LAWD have mercy.

IMG_9101There was nothing left on my tray.  Nothing. Maybe a corner of the potato salad, because I was content, not too full, but satisfied.  But the sandwich?! Oh it didn’t stand a chance.  How does one come up with this stuff?  Something so simple, to change your life in one bite.  If they had one in Dallas, I promise I’d be there every weekend, probably on a Sunday, Sunday Funday.  It’s only right.  I wouldn’t feel as guilty, because I weigh in on Fridays, I’d eat it on Sunday and have ALL week to work it off, only to weigh in on that following Friday, having lost weight, like I never even consumed the colossal calorie concoction.  The fact that I had to explain that theory, is so sad. Go to Lee’s in Houston, you’ll understand better.

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I’m all about trying new things, y’all know me.  Open-minded, eclectic, daring (when it comes to food, don’t know about other things), balls to the wall, LET’S GO!  This visit to Wabi House definitely raised the bar, challenged me in the area of culinary adventures.  To celebrate my brother’s birthday, who’s a cook in the DFW area, he wanted to take us to this restaurant he always talked about. Of course we were down, it was all for the birthday boy.  As much as I frequent the Lower Greenville area, I had never passed by Wabi House shockingly.  Not a big place at all, the bar is both inside and outside, which I like a lot, like that concept and the kitchen is open as well, one of my favorite things I like in a restaurant.

When my parents and I looked at the menu, of course I perused it way in advance on trusty Yelp, we didn’t really know what was good, what was popular, what to get, period.  It was ok though, because Cam bro, he took all control.  So, we started off with appetizers of course, just to get a feel of what we, or he, had gotten us into.

Fried Octopus Balls *blank stare* wait, WHET? Crispy Pork Ears *swallows hard, then sighs* and good old fashioned Sweet Corn Fritters.  Like Chicken Express?! Ok cool.  Had to get something that we actually recognized LoL.  Let me say, my bro knows his food, because we tore up everything on every one of those plates.  I can’t even explain how weird and delicious the Octopus Balls were, all at the same time.  If I had to describe the texture, it was like silk.  Really.  They melted in my mouth. Every last bite.  So luscious and creamy and amaze balls, no pun intended.  We were all shocked.  Then, the Crispy Pork Ears, I was a little hesitant, because I didn’t want a mouth full of the taste of fat.  I definitely didn’t get that.  They were full of flavor, seasoned perfectly, fried to crispy perfection, just like a pork cracklin’.  What made it for me, was the sauce that came with it.  Benito Aioli.  Bottle it up and I’ll be the first one in line.  The Sweet Corn Fritters were just that.  Once again, another delectable aioli was drizzled on top, which made them even better.  So, as you can see, we were off to a great start.

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Now for our main courses, that’s where things got a little tricky, because there were a lot of ingredients that we were a little unsure about.  When it comes to going out to a restaurant with my family, we all try to get a variety of options, so that we can all taste off each others plates.  I kind of knew what kind of ramen I wanted, I just didn’t know which ramen bowl would satisfy my craving.  I didn’t want a lot of broth, I wanted substance, I wanted hearty, I wanted texture.  The Dry Garlic Ramen was what I needed in my life and the only way to perfectly describe it would be Carbonara Ramen.

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That poached egg, when the yolk oozed all throughout the bowl, it really brought all of the ingredients together, coated every noodle, very filling, full of distinct flavors that meshed so well.  Another star in the bowl of amazingness, the Chashu.  Chashu is marinated, braised pork belly.  Usually, when I see pork belly on a menu, I don’t order it.  I’m a little intimidated because I’m not a huge fan of the fatty, gelatinous texture, but this was GOOD!  Cooked and charred perfectly, a big piece too, tons of smoky flavor.  And when I tell you this was a garlic overload, full of fresh garlic and garlic chips.  I couldn’t finish it all, it was impossible, I was sinfully full.  A smooth piece of Orbit Sweet Mint gum was popped in my mouth after my last bite, immediately.

I must say, the first word that always comes to mind when I think of Wabi House is “weird”, only because my first time was definitely an out of this World experience, but I mean that in the nicest way possible, because Wabi House was definitely an A+ in my book.

 

 

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