. Is this thread ending on a baker's dozen or will this train keep a-rollin' all year long?
A little over a week ago I called the Jefferson Cafe
(in Jefferson, WI, of course) asked if fried chicken was available, and if it was prepared on site. Hey, after a 30-mile drive I didn't want to wind up with a plate full of Banquet!
Fortunately the answers were "yes" so I made the trek last Saturday. However, I neglected to ask if Pete Maravich had ever eaten there.
Not much of a line at Wedl's!
It's not a particularly big place.
But whether they're big or small, most dining rooms have a corner that provides a good view. The kitchen pass-through is directly below the far TV.
The soup of the day was beef barley, and if your father's beef barley soup is a thin broth with a middling amount of barley then this is not your father's beef barley soup. Well, I suppose it would be if he bought a bowl, but this one's mine. Plus I would've taken his.
And note that it's a bowl
of soup, not a cup, and it's part of the meal. Of course, a bowl of bad soup would actually be worse than a cup of bad soup, but that was not the case at all as it was flavorful and packed full of barley at the expense of some of the vegetables. More barley? Fewer veggies? Works for me!
The standard 4-piece dinner is $7.99 and for $1 more it's possible to get all white (boo!) or all dark (yay!). Potatoes with a tasty brown gravy and a vegetable medley round out the plate.
The coating on the chicken seems almost like an afterthought, as it's very thin. But this also means the skin itself gets nice and crispy and takes on that cooked flavor, and I thought it was excellent. Heavy breading or batter isn't mandatory for good chicken, and the flavorful, juicy meat proved it. As often seems to be the case in this part of the country it was mildly seasoned with not much more than salt.
I also enjoyed the potatoes and gravy, and the vegetables, while most likely from a can, weren't just boiled and served but actually seasoned a little bit so I ate all the peas, beans, and corn and left the carrots behind. Carrots are a plague upon humanity, you know.
Without a doubt this was one of the better fried chicken meals I've had since I started this thread, and was worth the drive. If the Jefferson Cafe's other menu items have the same level of quality I can see why it has a good reputation.
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