My frands were in the mood for some southern grub and basically any place that served fried chicken and mashed potatoes would do, so we went to the honky tonk Rodeo Bar and Grill. It’s a loud bi-level restaurant in Murray Hill that plays live music everyday (though can’t say we were there late enough to hear if the band was any good!).
I love the straight out of Texas woody decor. They served us nachos and watery salsa when we sat down. I was just hoping the subpar salsa wouldn’t be a precursor to the food, but the Chicken Chimichanga plate I ordered was actually REALLY good.
(OK and please Don’t kill me, but I’m delivering phone pics again — this time they’re iPhone pictures my friend helped me out with so they should be a tad better!)
Chicken Chimichanga, $14.95
It was two stuffed tortillas with chicken, fried and crunchy, topped with sour cream, guacamole, and slice tomatoes and served with a side of black beans and rice.
My friends were not crazy about the Chicken Fried Chicken plate they got, which was battered chicken breast topped with gravy…they said they were expecting something juicier. These were not all that greasy even though it sounded like it would have been!
Chicken Fried Chicken, $14.95
I had a taste of the burger which I thought was OK but my friend said he liked it!
8 oz angus burger, $8.95
It was just a fun place to try. I don’t think I would have thought of visiting it on my own, but I loved my dish so yaay for fatty food cravings :).
Rodeo Bar & Grill
375 3rd Ave.
at 27th St.
New York, NY 10016
PS. I’m already anticipating my mom’s frantic phone calls that I’m going to get high cholesterol if I continue this…I promise this is not an everyday occurrence!
Fact: I miss my friends in Chicago.
Double Fact: I miss them even more when I think about them getting together to eat things like this:
Anyway, so my friend Hamaad loves to grill, and he had a just-because BBQ recently where he took lovely pictures of his creations for moi. OK, probably not for me, but let’s just pretend.
He marinated the chicken with soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, fresh garlic and ginger and then placed it on skewers with green peppers, grape tomatoes and pineapples.
He also prepared the meat for the burger with a borrowed recipe: chopped onions, red chilli powder, tikka masala mixed in with small pieces of pepperjack cheese.
I hope he knows this only means he must do a repeat when I’m in town. Thanks.
So, what do you do when you flight leaving from Buffalo back to NYC gets canceled? Stop for buffalo wings — at least that’s what nine brown people came up with.
We were directed to Duff’s Famous Wings and took advantage of the lunch special: 5 wings with a side of chili and fries for about $5.95 I think.
Duff's buffalo wings
Their chili was decent, but was a little watery
our second side: fries
Excuse our gluttony.
They weren’t kidding when they say their medium sauce = really spicy. It was so spicy, I started coughing when I opened my mouth, even before I could take my first bite – that’s how strong the fumes were. That obviously didn’t stop me from eating it. I don’t think there’s much that can stop me from eating actually.
In the end, after our episodes of tearing eyes and running noses, we agreed it was good, but I’ve had better (big ups to Douglas Pizza & Grill in New Brunswick, NJ…I still think about your wings…sigh).
Duff’s Famous Wings
3090 Orchard Park Rd
Buffalo, NY 14224-4639
Hope you had a wonderfully delicious 4th of July too!
This weekend is The 7th Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Madison Square Park!
It features 15 pitmasters from all over the country. BBQ plates are $8, and desserts, $4. Admission is free.
When: Saturday, June 13th to Sunday, June 14th; 11 AM-7PM
Where: Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue Between 23rd and 26th Street