Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? (Nicely coinciding with National Potato Month, but let’s leave that to the side). And with Labor Day behind us, some of you may already have packed up your grill, but dear readers, no need to run around like a headless chicken. The Rockaway Times hatched up an idea to ask locals about where to indulge your fetish for superior, finger lickin’ good chicken. Here’s what came clucking…
Jeffrey Williams-Maisonett, Arverne resident, recommends DredSurfer Grill (16-27 Seagirt Blvd., on the boardwalk). “I love their jerk chicken. I’m not a fan of chicken on the bone, but their chicken is so tenderly cooked that the meat falls right off the bone. The seasoning is just right, not too spicy nor too sweet, just perfectly balanced. I usually get it to go with rice and peas or french fries. However, if you want to stay and eat, the setting is perfect. Where else can you get reasonably-priced, delicious food, while facing the ocean and listening to good music?”
Joe Popp, Far Rockaway resident, says his chicken of choice is at the BayHouse (500 Bayside Dr., Breezy Point). “I recently went there on a whim, and had their chicken dumplings and Grilled Monterey Chicken Sandwich with french fries. It was an adventure trying to find the place, then parking and other residential restrictions, but so worth it. When I arrived there, the place was packed, but the owner was so welcoming! The chicken dumplings were served with soy sauce, delicately blended with a sweet sauce. The chicken sandwich was loaded with thick slices of grilled chicken seasoned to perfection and topped with fresh veggies. Definitely going back, not just because the food was awesome, the service fantastic, but the bay view is absolutely stunning!”
Tina Schlissel, Rockaway Park resident, says Goody’s West Indian Restaurant (70-18 Amstel Blvd.) is the place to go. “Hands down, Goody’s is the best! After winning a Goody’s gift certificate from the recent Rock Out For Autism concert raffle, I decided to go and order their curry chicken with rice and peas, and a side of steamed vegetables. The curry was mouth-watering, and the steamed vegetables were absolutely delicious! The portions were huge, definitely enough for me to eat for three days, and the owners were so welcoming. I am officially a fan!”
This RT reporter selfishly had to cluck about Arverne resident’s Nicole Russell’s local business, Last Dragon Pizza’s (www.lastdragonpizza.com) fantastic jerk wings. These wings are seasoned to perfection and so tender, when you look down at your plate, you wish you had ordered more! Russell would not reveal her secret, but here’s what she shared. “The key is the type of Jamaican scotch bonnet peppers I use. For authentic jerk, you should only use the yellow and orange scotch bonnet peppers, not the green or red. I make my jerk seasoning from scratch, not from a bottle. I just received an order from a customer who wants me to ship them frozen to Ohio!” Though Russell is not a brick-and-mortar business, she is literally inundated with orders for her jerk, fried, buffalo and Asian barbecue wings and of course her addictive pizza. If you are looking for a really eclectic dish, try her Italian soul food dish, Mama Green’s fried chicken wings with spaghetti. This may sound like an unusual combination for some of you, but imagine expertly seasoned chicken wings, fried to perfect with spaghetti tossed with homemade marinara sauce and topped with fresh parmesan and mozzarella cheese? Yum!
And finally, looking for fresh chicken?.Look no further than Curran’s Superior Meats (239 Beach 116th St.). Tom Murphy, Belle Harbor resident and proprietor — “We are the only butcher on the peninsula, and offer a wide variety of fresh chicken delivered fresh daily, including Bell & Evans free range chicken, which is more pricey, but totally worth it because of the quality. Whether you want your chicken whole, cubed, stripped, skinned, boned, sliced to your desired thickness or seasoned to your liking, at Curran’s, we are all about service. During the fall, we also prepare fully cooked, well-seasoned barbecue chicken and our immensely popular homemade chicken soup. Curran’s has been serving the peninsula since 1960. After Sandy, we were displaced from our original location on Beach 129th street, but with the community’s enormous help relocated to Beach 116th. We love and know each and everyone of our customers, and willing to go the distance to please them.”
By Kami-Leigh Agard
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