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Fried Chicken: Thelma's, Busy Bee, Colonnade, or Mary Macs?

I've only ever been to The Colonnade, where the rolls were outrageously good as was the chicken.

However, among these 4 places, commonly touted as the 4 "best soul food places in Atlanta", which is truly the best? By best, I mean: 1. Which place has the best fried chicken? 2. If 2 places tie for best chicken, between these 2, which has the best sides?

Ambience and price not a concern. Just food.

Jul 20, 2012
sjgray in Atlanta

Want Real 'Cue in ATL

Is Daddy D'z not even on the radar?

Jul 17, 2012
sjgray in Atlanta

Best hole in the wall in Atlanta

EATS on Ponce if you're into jerk chicken/southern sides/cheap pasta bar and ridiculously good garlic bread. Large portions, low prices. Fellini's pizza, any location (I prefer the McLendon loc because it's quieter)

Jul 17, 2012
sjgray in Atlanta

clay pot cooking

Thanks! I realize it's silly to ask the heat capacity because the pot itself is fired at such a high temperature, I guess the question was more about the bread:

The thing about using the clay pot for bread is that the vessel the bread is baked in needs to be pre-heated first. However, I know it's a taboo to heat clay pots with nothing inside (it promotes cracking, right?). How to get around this? Bake something else first? Has anyone had any luck with this?

Also, if it's only glazed on the inside, do I still need to soak it?

Jul 17, 2012
sjgray in Cookware

clay pot cooking

Any tips on how to begin with clay pot cooking? I would be using one cheaply bought from an Asian supermarket.

What do I do when I first get it?
What is the heat capacity?
Can I slow-cook with it on a gas stove?
Can I bake bread (around 500 degrees F) in it?

Thanks!

Jul 16, 2012
sjgray in Cookware

best burger in philly

Sketch is the best burger in Philly hands down. I've been to all these other places and the frou-frou nonsense you can get there is replaced with real quality, a reasonable selection of upscale toppings, and simple devotion to greatness.

Nov 27, 2011
sjgray in Philadelphia

Sketch Burger

Sketch's burgers are the best I've ever had. Perfectly cooked, thick patty without being grotesque. Fries are also perfectly fried and seasoned. At $6.50 for the basic burger, Sketch is no-nonsense (no whipped cream on the giant milkshake), generous portions, and just the best burger place in town.

Nov 27, 2011
sjgray in Philadelphia

Village Whiskey burger or Royal Tavern burger?

Sketch Burger (in Fishtown) for SURE. The interior is no-nonsense, as is the burger, but they have a vast selection of classy add-ons.

http://www.sketch-burger.com/

The fries are also the best in the city.

Nov 01, 2011
sjgray in Philadelphia

Best Produce: Winter in Cambridge

thanks! super helpful. i think the walking-through-the-harvest-cafe-entrance is what made me think they were closed. i'll definitely look into all of yalls suggestions

Jan 22, 2011
sjgray in Greater Boston Area

Best Produce: Winter in Cambridge

the Harvest Coop on Mass Ave? I walked by and it was closed...?

Jan 21, 2011
sjgray in Greater Boston Area

Best Produce: Winter in Cambridge

Just moved to Cambridge, was really excited for the Harvest Co-Op only to find out that it had closed!

It seems the only produce options are TJ's, Whole Foods, and Star Market (prepackaged, overpriced, oy vey). Are there any high-turnover, mostly local, pretty cheap markets that have fresh produce? I've heard about the plethora of farmer's markets around Cambridge and Boston during the summer, but for now, I gotta find some crispy crunchy tender veggies and fruits

Jan 20, 2011
sjgray in Greater Boston Area

Xinjiang/Uyghur restaurants near Boston?

bump! i'm also really interested in some good xinjiang food.

Jan 20, 2011
sjgray in Greater Boston Area

Abundance Bakery Apple Fritter

Of the good from Abundance Bakery I've tried (apple fritter, caramel upside down cupcake, banana pudding, peach cobbler), the peach cobbler is far and away the best thing. The crust is buttery and strong (but not hard), soaked in the deliciously spiced glaze and swamped with peaches. The syrupy glaze is so good that I dipped some of the (rather dry) cupcake in it! The other items were good but overwhelmingly sweet and uninspired. However, I kept going back to the peach cobbler for more and more.

Oct 25, 2010
sjgray in Chicago Area

New Chinese Restaurant in Atlanta: Northern Cuisine, REALLY GREAT Traditional Beijing & Tianjin

Perusing one of the local Chinese newspapers, I found this restaurant Jin Jing advertising dumplings, traditional dishes from Beijing and Tianjin, as well as a traditional breakfast. Jin Jing is located across Buford Highway from the Ranch 99 (Asian Square) shopping center, in the same complex as "Italian Optical".

The food is EXTREMELY AUTHENTIC. If you need qualifications, my entire family is from Beijing. We ordered the chives/egg/glass noodles turnover, Shanghai-style soup dumplings, lamb dumplings, and crispy pancakes with onion.

The turnover's skin was delicious, while the filling was extremely carefully put together. It was also rather large (for a ridiculously low amount of money). The soup dumplings were FILLED with soup as well as extremely fragrant, something you don't see often in Atlanta. The lamb dumplings were made with top-quality lamb (it was extremely fresh-tasting and spiced well) and carefully hand-made (none of that "frozen pan-friend potstickers" business), and the pancakes were crisp, leaving us wanting more.

The main feature of this restaurant is that everything was crafted with careful attention to detail and precision. Nothing sloppy. This family-run place has been open only 2 weeks, but my mother and I (both from Beijing) think this is really one of the best places around for dumplings. The only complaint we had was that the fillings were a tiny bit not salty enough, which left us wanting more. Service was prompt and helpful. Recommended to all!

Sep 07, 2008
sjgray in General South Archive

Great Spanish restaurant right outside Chicago?

I went to a Spanish restaurant with paella that matched/was better than paella I had in Spain right outside of Chicago (so not inside the city proper) but have forgotten the name...anyone? They had little stuffed octopi

May 12, 2007
sjgray in Chicago Area

Best fajitas in Atlanta?

I've been to Pappasito's and I find their fajitas (especially the steak) vastly inferior to Casa Grande's - less meat as well as not as tender.

Mar 18, 2007
sjgray in General South Archive