For Stevie’s Creole, we didn’t mention anything to the staff. They’re far too nice and we didn’t want to make a big fuss. But if it wasn’t for that salt mixup, I think they have very solid Fried Chicken (like our first visit), so I still wanna go back and try them again.
For your question about crunchy but not crispy, the extreme case is like a thick Buttermilk Batter. The Fried Chicken we had at Red Herring was the worst offender in this category: Super thick, dense Buttermilk Batter, so when you bit into the Fried Chicken all you got was a super “Crunch!” “Crunch!” texture, but it wasn’t light and crispy at all. I was worried it might chip my tooth!
For Stevie’s on this second visit, while they don’t use Buttermilk, for some reason this time it was mainly just a crunchy texture (which was nice (nothing extreme like Red Herring)), but it didn’t have any of the light crispiness like you have at Howlin’ Ray’s or even the first visit to Stevie’s. Maybe it was whoever was working the kitchen that day applying too much better or the mixture was off? But either way, it’s a delightful little neighborhood spot and I want to give them another try because our 1st visit was pretty great. Thanks again!
For Bouchon Bistro, yah, that Brunch price is extreme. Oh and to make matters worse, maybe it was just our waiter, but when we asked for “filtered tap water” to start, he brings out their filtered water (from the tap) and they charged us $7 for it with no mention or warning. We might as well have ordered San Pelligrino or something.
The taste of the Fried Chicken there was solid though, so thanks for the recommendation. Just the price might be too extreme for regular visits for some.
Jar: Yah, we’ve tried their Pot Roast before, thanks! It was maybe 3 years ago? I remember it being good.
Howlin’ Ray’s - Eating it fresh at the restaurant: Nice! I’m so excited for you to try it in person at the restaurant, LOL. Some tips:
Try and go early before they open. We’ve found that if we show up by 10 - 10:15 a.m. before they open, it’s much more manageable than the rest of the day. It’s worth it.
If you have enough people with you, you can tag team with your group, so some of you wander around the plaza, while the rest of the people hold your place in line, and you can switch off. Makes you pass the time quickly.
Be sure to let us know how the visit goes.