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Friday, March 18, 2011

Hot dog, it's chicken sausage!

Talk about a binge, I feel like I shouldn't eat for the next two days. Wayne and I have eaten three less-than-low calorie meals in a row.

Last night, Thursday, we checked out the new Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand (489 Moreland Ave., 404-474-9651). It's a short walk from East Atlanta Village and is open to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, making it a convenience for late-night party people.

Its name derives from the talented owner, Delia Champion, a co-founder of the Flying Biscuit. The main attraction is the "slinger," a large house-made chicken sausage link served on a hoagie roll (from Holeman & Finch). Prices range from $3.99 to $6.99, depending on the toppings.

We got a taste of three. The Hot Mess was topped with chili, jalapenos and "Wild Heaven" cheese sauce that is spiked with beer. The Sleazy Cheesy featured kraut, mustard and the same cheese sauce. The Gunn Slinger included guacamole, salsa and fresh jalapenos. There are nine such combos on the menu.

As you might guess, this is street food and the plan is to put some trucks on the street when the restaurant gets permission from the incredibly obstructive Atlanta and Fulton County governments. Meantime, you'll have to visit the Moreland Avenue joint.

I found the slingers tasty enough, but, honestly, they tasted like carnival food to me. Maybe that wouldn't be such a big deal if I hadn't spent three months hanging out with a carnival years ago.

As it is with much of the new street food, the gimmick here is healthy ingredients. Champion's sausages are made with "Springer Mountain Farms chicken, which means no antibiotics, no chemical medicines and no growth stimulants or hormones," according to the menu.

Double D Delight Slider
  • Double D Delight Slider
Wayne and I observed four women in the parking lot, one of whom was agonizing over whether to eat the sausages. She said she was "90 percent vegetarian." After some discussion, she decided that the chicken was raised cruelty-free and was healthy enough to warrant becoming part of her 10-percent deviation from a meat-free diet.

While the chicken is raised cruelty-free, at least one dish here is almost a cruel joke. It's the Double D Delight Slider, a sausage patty topped with sour-cherry cream cheese, sandwiched between a sliced Krispy Kreme donut that has been toasted with butter. It's perfect food if you're fucked up from drinking or drugging, but it's a considerable challenge to the sober.

Delia's opens every day, except Monday, at 7 a.m. You can get a breakfast slinger — the Mother Clucker — with eggs and cheddar cheese. There's a tortilla-wrapped sausage with eggs, cheddar cheese, chili, peppers and onions, too.

THE DAY BEFORE: Our visit to Delia's was preceded by our usual Wednesday night slider feast at the Shed. My fave this week was the oxtail slider.

And lunch on the same day was at Grindhouse Killer Burgers at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. I had my usual favorite — the double Apache burger with roasted green chilies. Alex Brounstein told me that he expects to open his Midtown location in two weeks. He's run into the usual construction restrictions that have complicated opening and added huge unexpected expenses. He said the interior is done but the city has required him to tear up and replace the existing parking lot and also construct a sidewalk to, literally, nowhere.

It's really inexcusable how hard local government is making life for our restaurants.

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