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Quick Hits: Thoughts on My Recent Dining Out

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Fried Chicken at Table 28

I missed this regular post entry last week, so here’s a recap of about 2 weeks of my food experiences…

Checked out District Fare, the old HAM space and latest venture of Tomas Bohm. You can tell Bohm has sunk a ton of dollars into a re-model, and it all looks fantastic. The number of seats have doubled and everything is clean and sleek. I split one each of a pastrami and roasted cauliflower sandwich with a friend, and while neither blew me away, the food and service were quite commendable for a soft opening. The pastrami, although tender, seemed a bit overcooked. But the star of the lunch was the house-made mustard, which I think you can actually purchase. All and all, it was a successful first experience at District Fare and I have no doubt this place will quickly be a hit.

The Thai Chopped Salad with steak at Big Orange Midtown is a must-order. You’ve probably seen me write about it many times on the blog, so my glowing endorsement comes as no surprise.

Dinner at Table 28 was pretty damn fantastic. My perfectly cooked, medium rare duck with the signature Brussels sprouts and bacon was a hit, as was the fried chicken and shrimp scampi, but the best dish of the evening was the goat tostadas with mole and black beans. My daughter ordered it, and, at first, I thought she was crazy to do so. With all the other great options on the menu, why would someone order goat tostadas? She obviously knew more than I did, as that mixture of tender, shredded goat and mole was amazing. Hope this dish stays on the menu. One more thing … our server, Jeffrey, provided stellar service. He was attentive, knowledgeable of the menu, and just a flat-out class act.

Get the Roasted Chicken with Fried Potatoes at YaYa’s. Seriously, that dish is crazy good. Yeah, yeah, I know … it’s roasted chicken, but it’s swimming in garlic, has a little heat from the peppers, and is just a massive plate of tasty food for $19. Kudos to YaYa’s on great service on a Saturday night. It’s a massive restaurant, and the place was packed, but they still managed to get the food out in a timely manner.

Have you ever tried the fried catfish at Burge’s? If you’re anything like me, you’ve concentrated on the smoked turkey salad and forgotten about everything else on the menu. Well, my fried catfish sandwich was really good, with the only downfall being a heavy amount of tartar sauce that did its best to overwhelm the fish. No worries, I just scraped it off. The fish itself was small, thin, and crispy with a nice cornmeal batter.

I love Mt. Fuji but the Fried Tofu Udon Bowl is a pass. It’s kind of boring and the tofu is just too sweet.

Speaking of sweet, my Soy Sauce Fried Chicken at the new Kimchi (old Van Lang space) was wildly addictive, but way too sweet. That said, I ate most of the $15 plate of food with relative ease, and while the bulgogi and ribs were average at best, the chicken and good service is what will inspire a return visit. There’s certainly enough to like about this spot to go back and try out some other dishes. That said, $15 for a plate of fried chicken thighs swimming in sauce is just too expensive.

I know Terri-Lynn’s has been around forever, but it’s a spot that rarely gets much attention. They make solid, reasonably-priced food that’s served up within minutes. Simply put, it’s a quality lunch spot. Get the deviled eggs, a pair of egg halves that are as traditional as it gets. My “Sharon” sandwich with smoked turkey and a pile of creamy cole slaw, however, was a miss. The slaw just overwhelmed everything else on the sandwich. No biggie, I’ll just try another sandwich next time.

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My $7.76 Lunch at Terri-Lynn’s BBQ & Deli

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The latest stop in my affordable lunch series brought me to Terri-Lynn’s BBQ & Deli, a spot that’s been around for 51+ years. I find myself at Terri-Lynn’s every few months, primarily because it’s about a mile from where I work, the food comes out fast, and it’s tasty and affordable.

All and all, TL’s is a perfect place to feature in this new series.

For my most recent lunch, I ordered one of the signature sandwiches, a smoked roast beef and cheddar concoction called Fat Boy. With a name like that, I was expecting more of a mountainous sandwich, but unfortunately, Fat Boy is best suited for a normal-sized appetite. At first glance, it looks like a thin-patty hamburger, but upon close inspection, you’ll realize it’s, in fact, a tender, tightly-packed and shredded roast beef sandwich. The beef is just a tad smokey, not enough to overpower the sandwich’s other ingredients, but just enough to let you know it’s there. Also, the soft, yellow-tinted bun provides the perfect vehicle to get the beef into your mouth. The shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and a thin layer of house-made ranch dressing round out the sandwich.

In the end, this is a very respectable sandwich, one that won’t blow you away but is also sure to satisfy. Given it’s size, I wouldn’t say the $7.76 (includes tax) price tag is a great deal, but it is appropriately priced. And … if you are looking for a very quick lunch, TL’s is your place. The entire dining process took me about 15 minutes, tops.

If you’ve never stopped at Terri-Lynn’s, go check them out. Along with an assortment of sandwiches, they also offer bbq, nachos, tamales, salads, and hot dogs. Judging by the steady stream of customers whenever I’m there, I’d say the place has a solid group of loyal followers.

Terri-Lynn’s
10102 N Rodney Parham Rd # 2
Hours: Tues-Fri 10:30-3:30; Sat 10:30-5; Closed Sunday and Monday

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