Off the Eaten Path

Exploring St. Louis, one meal at a time…

Don’t Judge Me!

It’s okay…you can go ahead and judge. I’m going to show you where I went a few weeks ago (April 12, to be exact!) and you can try to guess what I ate:

Have you guessed yet? Let me give you one more hint:

Yes…I tried the infamous Double Down. I’m hanging my head in shame right now.

So why the huge gap between my consumption of the Double Down and my blog post? Well…I wasn’t going to post about it on here, to be honest. I don’t typically eat at chain restaurants, and I DEFINITELY limit how often I eat fast food. Why waste money at McDonalds when I can go somewhere nice and have decent food?

But all of the hype surrounding the thing had me intrigued. I’m a scientist at heart (and by trade!) so let’s just call this an experiment of sorts? If I say that I did this in the name of science, will you promise not to judge me so harshly?

Anyway, I tried it. Ready for pictures? Here we go.

Caution: consumption of this product may lead to a heart attack!

What’s in this thing, you ask? Well, I think KFC describes it best, so I’ll take an excerpt straight from their website: “The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!”

Wow.

The important question: how did it taste? Well…it wasn’t bad. It was exactly what you’d expect. Two pieces of fried chicken surrounding bacon and cheese. Nothing more, nothing less. I didn’t drop dead after taking a bite, but I wasn’t eager to eat more. In fact, I could only eat about half of it before I started feeling queasy. Maybe the thought of it all was finally getting to me.

The next day I felt seriously ill. I felt like a bloated whale. Perhaps it’s the 1380mgs of sodium this little bugger contains? Whew!

So there you have it, guys. I did this so no one else will have to. And trust me, you really shouldn’t. Taste-wise, it wasn’t anything to go crazy about. And the after effects were definitely not worth it.

I promise I’ll have a real blog post coming up soon. I’m going somewhere super special this Saturday…I can’t wait to share it with you all! Good food will be in GREAT abundance. Mmmm.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | food, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Porter’s Fried Chicken

Do you ever get a craving for some greasy, bad-for-you, artery-clogging food? Well, I do. I like to think that I’m a pretty healthy eater; my blog says otherwise, perhaps, but on those days when I’m not eating out, I do eat pretty healthy!

But anyway, today I was craving something crunchy and greasy, and well…Porter’s is right around the corner, so I decided to stop by for a visit.

So this place is definitely off the beaten path. It’s located in a little strip mall, right next to a dry cleaner’s. If you blink, you’ll miss it. And admittedly, it seems a lot of people do; a KFC is less than a block away, and I’m pretty sure people flock to that instead of Porter’s. But that’s their loss! Because in my opinion, Porter’s is most definitely the superior chicken eatery.

I decided to go with the 4 piece chicken dinner. It comes with four pieces of chicken (duh!), mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and a roll. Because I was feeling super hungry, I also ordered a side of corn fritters.

So how was the food? For the most part, it was really tasty. The mashed potatoes weren’t my favorite; they were lumpy and came with a white gravy. I’m a brown gravy girl. So those didn’t really do much for me. The cole slaw was very good. I believe it was mayonnaise based, and it had a very sweet flavor.

The corn fritters were also amazing. Think hushpuppy with corn inside. They were deep fried, and had a crispy crunchy shell. They were like little bites of heaven in my mouth!

corn fritters!

inside of the corn fritter

Although the sides were very good and added a lot to the meal, the star of the show was definitely the chicken. This is some of the best fried chicken I’ve had in St. Louis. The breading was flour based, and it was just flavorful enough not to overpower the juicy, tender meat of the chicken. Adding a little bit of Porter’s hot sauce on top just made it all the more delicious.

Service was very fast and friendly. While Porter’s does have some seating inside, this is primarily a take-out sort of place. And the ambiance of the place does leave a lot to be desired. So you’re better off calling in your order and taking it to go.

Prices were also extremely reasonable.  My total for all of the food came to about $9.25, which I think is pretty good, considering the amount of food I received.

So in summary:

Food: 4 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 1 star

Service: 3 stars

Value: 5 stars

Would I go back? Most definitely!

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment