Kate/Susan posed this comment to my post the other day about Kentucky Roast Beef:
"I was unaware that Kentucky was known for its beef, but then again, I never thought of Kentucky as a chicken capital of the world either."
Kentucky's role in the evolution of pressure-fried cluck flesh is simply that of being the right state at the right time. Chew on this: Harland Sanders operated not one but TWO locations of Sanders Motor Court & Cafe. ("I'm a CHAIN!!!") The home location, of course, was Corbin, Kentucky. But Sanders Court #2 was in Asheville, N.C.
What if Harland Sanders had perfected his fried chicken recipe in Asheville instead of Corbin? And, since there's no such thing as a "North Carolina Colonel", we'd instead be singing the praises of Tarheel Harland's North Carolina Fried Chicken. Our original recipe is to be, rather than to seem finger-lickin' good. '60s commercials would've encouraged us to "Visit the Tarheel."
But, lest any of you think Kentucky had the chicken market all locked up, I give you:
Yes, Maryland Fried Chicken. I believe it was started in Florida along about 1960, and developed into a chain of take-out chicken restaurants mainly along the Eastern seaboard. And like many other "dead" chains, a number of them still remain as independent operations, each retaining the old name. Albany, Georgia has at least two locations today. Pictured above is the original MFC signage, for the location on north Slappey Drive.
I've never eaten Maryland Fried Chicken, despite having made many visits to Albany (a/k/a The Artesian City, Good Life City (I dare you to say that one with a straight face), Pine Bluff Of The East) over the last decade. I've never had any, although I want to try some one of these days. I'm sure my luffly wife-matter has partaken of the stuff at least once in her life, though. It might be plenty good, but I'd be surprised if it's anything as good as Crowe's.
I'll bet Maryland Fried Chicken offers some tasty side dishes, too: Baltimore Potato Salad, Chesapeke Cole Slaw, and those fantastic, world-famous Annapolis Hush Puppies.
Why couldn't we have had Georgia Fried Chicken? I'd love a three-piece dinner with a side of luscious Terrell County boiled peanuts. Mmmmmmmm ...... *drool*
Now if you'll excuse me, I must go back to counting the days 'till our local Shriners are out on Saturday afternoon selling hot boiled peanuts.
Ciao for niao.
--Talmadge "Original or Extra Snarky?" Gleck
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