Wednesday, May 22, 2013

JJ Fish & Chicken

Location: 201 E. 43rd St., Chicago, IL 60653
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A Quick Word:
As I drive throughout Chicago, I have spotted several JJ Fish & Chicken restaurants.  I assumed they would be decent if so many locations were present.  Then I started realizing some are closing and then more are closing.  Anyway, I decided to give it a try... WHAT A MISTAKE.  Very minimal seating is seen in most of these establishments and the atmosphere is not very clean.  I found the menus to be inaccurate, yet the prices to be very reasonable.  After trying the food, I realized immediately that I will never be back.  There was minimal meat on the catfish dinner.  Everything was bland.  I actually felt sick after eating this meal... maybe because they make you wash it down with huge 1L bottles of coke or maybe because of the inconsistent cooking technique.  0.5 miles was generous--probably because I don't have a lower rating.

What I ate:

Catfish Dinner

After sifting through the long list of different types of fish, seafood combinations, and chicken combos, I decided to keep it simple and order the regular-size catfish dinner.  This meal came with three pieces of catfish cooked to order and served on top of a bed of french fries and texas toast.  It comes with a side of coleslaw and a cup of buffalo sauce.  The meal was awful in EVERY WAY possible. First of all, the fish had huge bones (not specified on the menu).  I would have rather ordered catfish nuggets of fillets, but there was not option or specification of what comes with the dinner.  Second, the fish was cooked unevenly... some areas overcooked while other parts were slimy.  The fries were extremely bland (no salt at all) and the coleslaw reminded me of wet cabbage aka a poor-poor attempt at such an easy side dish.  Hot sauce wasn't even spicy.  The toast I guess was all right, but that came out of pre-made loaf.  If they messed that up, then something would definitely be wrong.  I couldn't even finish this meal... I hate wasting food, but was this even food?

The DOs/DON'Ts:
DO:
- Do yourself a favor and try Harold's Chicken.  That place is significantly better!

DON'T:
- Don't come here.  If you do, definitely get a fish without bones.

How far would I walk for this food?



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