Recently, Molly Snyder wrote about the new Chic Cafe â€“ which seems like an odd name to me for a sort of cafeteria-style place that serves Southern comfort food, but I digress â€“ and I resolved to check it out.
Then, a couple days ago, Judge Derek Mosley posted a photograph of the restaurantâ€™s catfish poâ€™ boy on Facebook and my decision was made.
Yesterday, I popped over to check it out. I was initially a little confused by Chicâ€™s location since itâ€™s tucked in right next to Shah Jeeâ€™s, but there it is, just to the northeast off the bottom of the steps, looking all clean and bright and well-staffed.
The catfish poâ€™ boy is $7.95 with fries and a shrimp version is a buck more. Not a bad price at all for the portion size.
I got the catfish, thanks to Derekâ€™s picture. A couple pieces of breaded catfish were topped with iceberg lettuce, sliced red onion and tomatoes with a dollop of lightly spicy sauce on a toasted bun. A hefty dose of thick-cut fries shared the tray.
Everything was fresh and hot and tasty, the fish breading perfectly crunchy and with nary a bit of greasiness.
If Chic was a bit more established Iâ€™d quibble with how long I had to wait for my sandwich â€“ I saw well over a dozen folks go through the line at Shah Jee while I waited â€“ but because itâ€™s new, Iâ€™ll give it a pass as employees will surely fall into a speedier routine with some practice.
Iâ€™ll definitely be back to try the shrimp poâ€™ boy, and also some of the other things on tap â€“ gumbo, fried chicken, rib tips, mac and cheese, grits, etc.
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