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SWEET, SPICY LOVE….

July 1, 2012 5 comments

Moments after we purchased our last trinket from Elvis-land, we were looking for Memphis’ Triple D joint #3….

Admitting to BBQ-Burnout (after Tom’s & Marlowe’s), I was looking for a change of pace…and Uncle Lou’s sounded like just the ticket….Guy had boasted that Uncle Lou made some of the best fried chicken he’d ever had….and even though Guy was only batting .500 so far in Memphis (Tom’s a sure home run and Marlowe’s a weak double), I was counting on his poultry prowess…..

It took us a bit to find Uncle Lou’s and after a little driving around we discovered it was only a few blocks from Graceland…my first impression of Uncle Lou’s was that Lou had the Food Network’s logo on more things than the Food Network must have on its own home facitlities….there was a van and trailer and both sported pictures of Uncle Lou and Guy….as did the front of the joint…..Guy’s visit must have been a crowing achievement for Lou…

As we entered we found the place kinda empty but it was late for lunch and early for dinner….however, we were greeted by a very large man with a smile to match his ginormaousness….we found out his name was Juan and Juan would be taking care of us while we were at Uncle Lou’s….

Juan showed us to the counter and asked what we wanted to eat…UL’s has a varied menu and there are large boards above the counter displaying the different things you can order….burgers, wings, sandwiches and of course….the fried chicken…

Lisa was behind the counter and with Juan’s help we made our way through the types of fried chicken offered at UL’s…there are a few choices….there is Homestyle and Sweet Spicy Love….and then there is mild and hot versions of each of those…. I went with a three piece combo mixed with one Homestyle (mild) and two Sweet Spicy Love (spicy)….The Wife went with the same combo but all mild….

The sides are as varied as is the chicken….I went with the corrupted carrots (more on Corruption later) and The Wife had some cole slaw…

We found seats and sat for what ended up being  a wait….the place filled up some and there were people coming in and out getting take out….while we waited Juan entertained us and conversated (The Wife tells me this isn’t a real word….however, we’ve heard it used in two movies….) with everyone that walked in….not sure what Juan makes at UL’s but he could sell ice to Eskimo’s…..

As we waited a young woman came in and Juan introduced us to Uncle Lou’s daughter who actually manages the joint….she asked us about our trip and told us she had been in Texas just a few weeks before….she was very nice and according to Juan she’s the best manager ever…

Our food finally arrived and it looked wonderful….golden and crispy….and from the first bite….I loved UL’s fried chicken….the Homestyle was moist and as good a chicken as I’ve ever eaten….(up until that moment I would have said that the fried chicken at the Barbecue Inn was the best I’d ever had….I’m not so sure about that any more….) and the Sweet Spicy Love was over the top good…..the mild just melted in your mouth while the spicy had a very nice kick….this is chicken worth making the trip to Memphis….

The carrots were unusual looking and the first one kinda caught me off guard….carrots don’t taste like that….what I was about to find out was that the spice on the carrots was available to be put on anything….btw….I fell in love with the carrots….

The spice is called Corruption….(salt, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, lemon pepper and other spices) and OHHHHHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOODNESS.….this stuff is beyond delicious….we sprinkled some on our chicken and it took something that was already incredible into realms where only God’s hang out….as my eyes rolled back into their sockets I noticed The Wife’s eyes sorta spinning….you can order this stuff on their web-site…..(before you do anything else….log in….and get some of this stuff)…..we brought some home and have put it on everything……popcorn, eggs, pork chops, burgers…..I bet it would be good on ice cream……

I haven’t even mentioned the Honey Buttered Biscuits…..as good as UL’s chicken is…the biscuits are even better…..no need to put anything on this pieces of heavenly bread…the honey butter gives the biscuits a flavor that fills your mouth with smiles…..

Last but least we got some strawberry/naner puddin to go….and UL didn’t let us down….we made ourselves comfortable in front of our hotel tv and divided and dug in….the naner puddin would have been wonderful by itself…..but the strawberries really added to the experience…..

I would give UL’s a 6 outta 5 stars…..as good at Tom’s BBQ had been….UL’s was a little better…..

Great chicken, great sides, great Corruption, great strawberry/naner puddin and great people…..

http://unclelousfriedchicken.com/

A GOOD BURGER AND LIP-SMACKIN FRIED CHICKEN

January 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, the holidays do nothing if they don’t give us time to spend with our relatives….and the two weeks that make up Christmas and New Years gave The Wife and I a chance to see many of those who we claim as family….

The week before Christmas we got to spend some time with The Wife’s dad…..he’s from Kerrville…..so….I guess we can call him….Dad From Kerrville….I don’t think he’ll mind that….

During his visit we packed up one afternoon and went to see a movie….The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo….an ok flick….I’d recommend reading the book(s) first…..I hadn’t, so I left with as many questions as answers….

After the movie we made our way to Market Square in The Woodlands…. there was a new burger joint waiting for me…..and it was high time to give it a try….

The Counter….a burger place that claims 312,120 + burger combinations….when you walk in you are handed a clip board and a pencil…..you browse through the possibilities, then order by checking what you want and handing the clipboard back to the waitress…

AN ALMOST ENDLESS MENU

First your meat….you may choose from beef,chicken, turkey, or veggie…..you decide on what you want and how big you want it….then your cheese they have 12 to pick from….after the cheese you pile up the toppings (up to 4)….there is a 3.5 step which allows you premium toppings like bacon, ham, fried egg, etc…..then you go with a sauce of which there are about 20…..and finally your bread….there are 5 of these to choose from….

I went with a 2/3 pound beef burger, with Tillamook cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled pineapple, applewood bacon, mayo, on a hamburger bun….a long list….

INTERESTING BURGER COMBO

We order an Onion Ring/Fry combo platter to go with our burgers….

RINGS-N-FRIES

The burger was very good…..nothing great but a nice piece of beef with some tasty fixens piled on….I really loved the bacon/pineapple/cheese combo…..the tastes are all over the inside of your mouth…..nothing like a party between your lips…..

The fries and onion rings were both good….

I liked The Counter and will go back….if nothing else to continue to try the many different combinations…..

Between the After-Christmas lull and the build up to New Year’s Eve, we met The Sister-n-Law (there’s only one), A Brother-n-Law ( I have two), Nephew #1, Niece/Wife and their baby at one of my ALL-TME-FAVORITE-SPOTS (ATFS)….The Barbecue Inn….at 116 E. Crosstimbers, Houston….this place has been around for so long that I think most people have been there at one time or another…..its as old school as you can get….from the decor to the waitress staff…..some of whom may have been there from day one, some 60 years ago…..it’s charming and the food is beyond incredible…..

A HOUSTON LANDMARK

For years I have always ordered the chicken fried steak….it’s perfect……The Wife always goes with the fried shrimp….which is as good as the cfs…..and we both always save room for….or if there’s no room we still stuff in a piece of pie…..The Wife loves the chocolate and I am lemon pie guy….

Tonight would be a little off the wall…..I have always heard about the fried chicken….I’ve seen people order it and it looks wonderful…..and even though the menu tells you will have to wait an extra 20-30 minutes for your chicken I ordered a mixed plate and fries….

Almost everyone else ordered fried shrimp and fried oysters…..

We waited….and waited…..it took the full 30 minutes and about the time our food arrived The Baby had had enough and #1 Nephew and Niece/Wife took their dinners to go…

I apologized for ordering the chicken…..but I’m here to tell you…..it was worth each and every second I waited to sink my teeth into the best fried chicken I’ve ever had….if I was a preacher I would have pounded the pulpit and screamed praises to Jesus for the bounty that had been laid before me….

GOLDEN BROWN PERFECTION

Not sure where to start….the crust is amazing…..golden brown and crispy….I could have eaten a plate of just crust….and the chicken is moist and delicious….the dark was unbelievably moist…. the drumstick I had should be featured in some sort of fried chicken hall of fame….

When there was nothing but the bones left on my plated, I was using the end of my finger to scavenge any remaining crust particles that I might find….

We got our pie to go and it made a very nice midnight snack…

Now the The Barbecue Inn isn’t in the best part of town….but we’ve never had any type of problem and they do have a security guard patrolling the parking lot….he even will walk you to the door….

NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

I love the Holidays…..getting to see family and friends is always special…..but I think a new tradition has been born…..from now on the week between Christmas and New Years will now forever be a time for a trip to the Barbecue Inn and some of that Fried Chicken….

Have a Happy & Blessed 2012…..from your favorite Fat Guy….

http://www.thecounterburger.com/

NO WEBSITE FOR THE BARBECUE INN

CHICKEN POLL….

Today I’m going to try frying some chicken….I’m very lucky that The Wife can cook..her whole side of the family can cook…but The Wife has special talents when she puts her mind to it and has the time to really get into the kitchen and work….

For me it’s always sorta hit or miss….I saw this recipe in my monthly Food Network magazine for perfect fried chicken…and thought while she’s outta town I’d give it a shot….that way if it stinks….well…..I can always say how good it was…..who’s gonna know but me and the dogs…..haha…

But….If you’re not frying your own bird….who’s do you like????

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