Hoarder’s Remorse – The Fried Chicken Follies

I pride myself on my files.  An organized chaos, I can find articles that I’ve kept for years of things to do and places to go.  Trying to capitalize on the riches that I’ve reaped, I’ve made a conscious effort to explore these places by randomly picking the clips from the files.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out, like when I last went to Flushing to find Bori Gogae.  But when an article from the May 21, 2003 NY Times about Southern fried chicken lists nine places and 8 no longer exist, it’s tragic.  Time to put an expiration date on the files?

The downward spiral of disappointment started with Mama Duke’s.  Praised for its thick, crunchy crust and juicy chicken, I hotly anticipated going, especially since it was allegedly in my backyard in Prospect Heights.  With such proximity, I didn’t bother with the recon, only to walk the street like a lost child.  Logically, if there was this good a fried chicken place that close to me, wouldn’t I know it?  Wouldn’t I have already had it?  It was gone, probably replaced by a lesser, trendier restaurant.  Walking around, I did discover The Cake Ambiance, or Cakelicious, a bakery on the corner of Dean and Flatbush, that I failed to notice had been there for a year.  To console myself, I had a slice of red velvet cake, a confection made further special with a layer of cheesecake sandwiched in between light, pillow-y cake.  An appropriate and tasty, but not fully satisfying substitute for fried chicken.

Further research on the web revealed more shuttering and reshuffling:

-Ruthie’s – gone

-M & G Diner – closed

-Chicken Stop – replaced by trendy restaurant

-Charles Southern Style Kitchen – fried chicken master now at Charles’ Pan-Fried Chicken and Patroon

-Maroon’s – now a Grey Dog Cafe

-Barrow’s Pan Pan – gone

-Soul Food Kitchen – closed

The only place left standing is Amy Ruth in Harlem, and I know it’s good, not just for chicken, but the waffles too.  Charles’ Pan-Fried Chicken is also great, but the buffet-style, Korean deli-like atmosphere leaves me wanting.

Maybe I need to abandon the old, and embrace the new.  The October 5, 2009 issue of New York Magazine has a whole new slew of places to try that are all in business.  Clip clip clip.


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