We tried CJ's Southern Cookin' in Yellow Springs today.
We went there in the middle of the afternoon on this very hot Saturday in July. The parking lot was desolate with one car, and the only thing that convinced us to try it was that we saw the girl at the counter through the front glass (we thought it was closed.)
The dining room is spotless and appears to have inherited the same kind of furniture and tables that KFC put in.
My wife ordered a half rack of ribs, side salad, and mashed potatoes and gravy. I ordered 1/2 fried chicken, french fries and mixed greens seasoned with smoked turkey. Each dinner seemed to come with one piece of cornbread (I got two pieces served on my tray.) The total bill including two fountain drinks was slightly over $26.
The ribs were NOT smoked, but they were nicely done and had a lot of character - not boiled to the point of falling off the bone, but most fat was rendered out and they had a nice char. The sauce was sweet and spicy and definitely some homemade thing they did there. My chicken pieces were very lightly breaded, and the pieces were trimmed well with no fat. The greens were awesome, nice and slightly bitter and sour and and contrasting with everything else on the plate. The fries were decent natural cut potatoes, no big deal. Everything was piping hot, as in scalding/steaming.
I have to say that the value of what you get for your money is definitely there. We stuffed ourselves each to the point of near pain and we both had leftovers for another meal. We filled a large takeout box with two of my wings, the cornbread, and half of the rib order.
We were one table of very few people being served; we were getting into the near dinner hour, and our food came out in about 15 minutes (pretty good for fried chicken, especially.)
I highly recommend this place, given today's experience. The quality and quantity of everything we got was excellent. I hope NYPN goes and reports back, I think he/you would enjoy it.
This joint REALLY needs to promote itself. You could totally miss it or take it as closed. They should at least get friends and employees to leave parked cars in the lot to make it look like it's busy. And they could use a big-@ss "Open" sign on the front glass. I have no idea if the effete hippie-loving village of YS would tolerate or allow a sandwich board placed in front of the place, but they really need some bright signage in front.
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