Chick’n & Fix’ns
I’ve spent a lot of time on the road for work the past couple of weeks. I really don’t mind. Sometimes it’s fun to go news places.
Earlier this week, I didn’t really go to a “new” place. I went to Lansing for the day. I call it not a “new” place because I lived there for about a year and a half. In fact, the predecessor to this blog was all about the Lansing area dining scene.
I’ve only been back to Lansing a handful of times since moving to Kalamazoo….and the dining scene has changed quite a bit. I sort of took the long way downtown and got off I-96 at Cedar Street instead of taking I-496. We used to live off Cedar Street and I wanted to see what has changed in the three years since we moved.
There were quite a few new places and quite a few places that have changed names and/or locations. I was just arriving in town around 2:30 and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. I remembered quite a while back one of the readers from the old blog, who still reads this blog, suggested a chicken place on Cedar Street. I’m not sure if I found the one he was talking about or not, but I did find a chicken place that wasn’t there when I lived there.
Chick’n & Fix’ns is on South Cedar Street just south of Edgewood Boulevard. I’m pretty sure, and I’m working from memory here, the building used to be a Long John Silver’s. I’m not a fan of good seafood let alone fast food seafood, so I never ate there…hell, I think it was closed most of the time we were there.
There were no other cars in the parking lot when I pulled in and there were two guys standing out on the patio messing with furniture. I wasn’t actually sure they were even open and as I walked closer, I could see tables upside down in the dining room. I started to walk away, but one of the gentleman walked out and asked what I was doing. I asked him if they were open and he said yes. Turns out, they were just disassembling the summer patio furniture and they were doing it inside. The tables I saw upside down were the patio tables.
The restaurant’s specialty is chicken strips. They also do a few sandwiches and traditional legs and thighs, but it’s the chicken fingers that really bring people in the door.
The service is sort of cafeteria style. All of the food is laid out behind a sneeze guard. An employee who was checking temperatures of the food under the warmers asked if I had ever been there before. When I said no, I got a ten minute spiel on how all their food is made.
After getting the low down, I jumped in before she could ask another question and ordered the Three Fingers meal which comes with one side and a biscuit. There are a number of home made sides including sweet potato fries that are cooked to order, but my selection was the macaroni and cheese. With the biscuit, you get a choice of butter. There’s either regular or garlic butter. They actually use a paint brush to paint on liquid butter over the flaky biscuit.
The price for the meal without a drink was a little over $9. They did have Pepsi products, but I already had a couple Pepsi’s in the car. Had I chose to dine in, the meal is served on real plates, but since I was kind of in a hurry, I took it to go.
I was pretty shocked when I popped open the Styrofoam container and saw the biggest chicken strips I had ever seen. The large pieces of white breast meat were coated in a crispy, golden brown crust. It was almost like eating a whole breast without having to deal with the bones. The fingers are crunchy and delicious yet not super greasy.
The macaroni and cheese was pretty standard home made mac ‘n cheese with a very creamy cheddar sauce.
I think J and I are pretty lucky this place didn’t exist when we lived just down the street from it. I seem to always crave chicken and this is one of those crave satisfying chicken places.