Sometimes you have to leave The Country and travel to The Big City for chicken, so that's what we did this past Wednesday.
This Village Inn
definitely isn't part of the chain!
No, this isn't Canasta Night at Foodbme
The front of the Inn houses the bar and the modest dining room is to the back, and dinner service starts at 5pm so we had about 10 minutes to wait. Diners aren't led to their tables; instead, the bartender tells them where to sit.
We were told "first table on the right, when you're ready".
Some places automatically garnish an Old Fashioned with fruit (usually an orange wedge and a cherry) but the Inn offers olives and pickled mushrooms as well. Given that I ordered mine sweet the fruit probably would've been the better choice, but I love pickled mushrooms.
I started with a bowl of potato bacon soup. It had good flavor and was loaded with chunks of potato, some of which were still quite firm but I didn't mind.
No excessive plate adornment here, and that's just fine with me. The chicken had a not-too-thin crust that crunched and crumbled nicely, and both it and the meat were decently seasoned. I'd definitely order it again.
Around here these are known as Boston Browns
and the Village Inn does a nice job with them. The exteriors were nicely browned while the interiors were still white and potatoey, and with a little salt and pepper they were quite good.
Mrs. Chicken opted for the fried catfish and a baked potato. While she didn't care for the tartar sauce she thought the fish was fine, and the bite I had was nice and flaky without a strong fishy taste.
The Village Inn is open only for dinner but Footville also has a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, and at just over 15 miles from home we'll probably check it out sometime. But I also won't rule out another visit to the Inn to try something else.