Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ow, my wallet!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 9:19 PM

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I had a late lunch Wednesday at Star Provisions (1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410). I'd heard a rumor that they were serving fried chicken, so I had to check it out. I found it in the refrigerated case near the cash register and figured I would be eating it cold, which would have been fine by me. I used to get up in the middle of the night and eat my mother's leftover (flawless) chicken, standing in front of the refrigerator. It was always in a blue bowl lined with paper towels.

Star Provisions has some mysterious way of heating the chicken without ruining the crispy, flour-coated skin. The stuff was state-of-the-Southern-art, but not cheap. You pay by the pound.

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Prices at this shop in front of Bacchanalia can sometimes take me by surprise. This bottle of Fentiman's Ginger Beer (above), from the U.K., was over $4, for example, and it wasn't nearly as good as Stewart's version. (Then again, I can't find Stewart's Ginger Beer anywhere in town these days. If you have a lead, let me know.)

I bought this key lime tart (left), which looks like a culinary mandala, for dessert. When I took it to the cash register to pay, I was charged $10. I was shocked and made a sarcastic remark, since I thought it was half that much. As it turned out, I was right, they refunded me $5, and I ate the whole thing in a flash without any resentment about its price.

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