While chicken isn't the poultry star of November
it still deserves its moment in the spotlight (providing said spotlight is shining on some bubbling oil) so last week Mrs. Chicken and I took a 30-minute drive to the Stagecoach Inn
on highway 26 south of Fort Atkinson to see what it might have to offer. It's tough to tell here but the sign does have neon outlining, although a lot of it's unfortunately not working.
By my estimation there are only about 20 tables give or take, so it's a pretty cozy environment and the lighting's a bit more dim than it appears here. We were actually in the corner and the kitchen access window was over my right shoulder.
First up was the relish tray. I'm not sure what the top 2 items were (1 appeared to contain kidney beans), but the 3-bean salad had a tangy, slightly sweet dressing and the corn relish had a good tomato flavor.
The soups were French onion and cream of asparagus, and I chose the former. It was how I like it: lots of broth and not so many onions it's stew-like.
Instead of salad (it's soup and
salad, not soup or
salad) I chose a glass of tomato juice, which seems to be an item that some places have dropped from the menu. I like mine with a dash of pepper on the top.
With Stagecoach's fried chicken the emphasis is on the crust, which was nicely seasoned and crisp enough to break into crumbs without any real effort. The mild meat was OK but definitely played second fiddle; this is the kind of fried chicken that kids (from 1 to 92) love.
Instead of a baked potato or fries I chose au gratin. They were pretty good but to be perfectly honest the smoothness of the sauce made it tough for me to tell if they were made completely from scratch; however, I did see boxes of potatoes in the kitchen so I'm giving the benefit of the doubt.
Overall dinner was fine and I'd certainly order the chicken again, but it doesn't quite distinguish itself from some of the other versions I've had so if I had a taste for fried chicken there's a chance I'd pick someplace a little closer to home.
Stagecoach is nice to visit during the week as it can get busy on weekends, especially Friday nights. We were the youngest diners there and the only ones the waitresses didn't know by name, so that gives a pretty good idea of place it is.
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