|Fried chicken from Chick 'n Friends|
My first pitch to visit is a straight-up bribe: If you try the new supermarket in the Long Reach village center, you can get fried chicken before you shop.
The Chick n' Friends takeout is a perfect spot for a good weather snack. Order fried chicken, maybe some sides, maybe a piece of pie. Then eat on a bench, tearing off pipping hot meat and crunchy crust as you enjoy. I ate dinner last week before shopping for groceries, and it's just a delicious treat. Hot, crisp outside with moist meat cooked perfectly.
I don't fry chicken at home. I don't slice sushi. I don't smoke meats. These are skills and equipment that might seem simple, but they take real talent to turn basic chicken and batter into a dinner gives all the flavor with just enough oil. That's real fried food, but not greasy. Definitely worth a summer night or a weekend lunch -- or even a weekday lunch if you work anywhere near Rte 175.
For me, the breast is the best piece for Chick n' Friends. The bone-in piece stays moist, and there is enough meat that I get some fried crust without being overwhelmed with fried taste in every bite. This contrasts with Tian Chinese Cuisine where I prefer to order Korean fried chicken as wings.
Chick N' Friends
Long Reach Village Center
8775 Cloudleap Court
Columbia, Maryland 21045
NEAR: This is in the Long Reach Village Center in central Columbia. Chick N' Friends faces the central courtyard, so you can't see it from the parking lot. Easy access off Rte 175 -- just go north on Tamar Drive and look for the village center on the right. Or from Snowden River Parkway -- just go west on Tamar Drive and look for the village center on the left. Or from Dobbin Road -- turn north (away from Target) onto Old Dobbin Road and then turn left on Tamar after you pass the high school.