A few weeks ago I decided I needed to be a bit more organized and a bit less random for 2013...in other words, I needed a theme
that I could have some fun with. So after giving it a bit of thought I came up with the idea of expanding my chicken horizons with an emphasis on the fried variety, and doing so on a monthly basis. The next 12 months may bring some great finds, some clunkers, and probably a lot of "pretty good"s so without further ado: January
I've mentioned the Winchester Restaurant
at the Edgerton Oasis before and since the menu describes the chicken as "our own recipe" I figured it would be as good a place to start as any.
Since it was a snowy day my soup-or-salad option was the chili, and ignoring the "beans/no beans" argument it was very good. The heat level was fairly mild, the consistency was good, and it had plenty of ground beef and pieces of tomato; it would be just fine by itself.
I didn't feel like fried potatoes so I went with mashed, which came with brown gravy. Now to be perfectly honest I have trouble differentiating between the real thing and instant potatoes, but they didn't seem overly smooth and the gravy was good.
But I wasn't there for chili and potatoes, I was there for the chicken.
It reminded me somewhat of the chicken I'd had at Jack's Chicken Palace
in Dubuque a few weeks earlier: crisp, hot, and juicy but with the emphasis on the meat more than the crust. So it was a good meal but not spectacular; I don't think I'd call it a destination dinner but it would certainly be on my list if was looking over the menu or sitting at home with a taste for some fried chicken. The Winchester serves up consistently good food (at least what I've ordered) and this was no exception, although I think I would've rather had more chili in place of the "northern style" (no bacon) green beans.