Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Grove - Kitchen and Cocktails - Rogers, AR

Two blogs in three weeks? What?? Yep. Never happens. The Grove in Rogers is a new restaurant that has been open less than a year. Owned by a buddy & local businessman, Dave Bass. Some of you may remember Dave from his Dave's on Dickson days which was a great music venue off Dickson Street back in the day. He also owns a few bars still on Dickson Street. This new place is very modern and just a cool atmosphere with great food and plenty of televisions for your sports viewing pleasure.

My Friday lunch buddy crew and quite of few from my Tusk to Tailgate crew went up recently to try out their chicken strips. I must confess I had gone before to try their hamburgers and saw they had hand battered tenders on their kids menu so of course I had to try them. So I ordered them as a "side." Ha. They were fantastic. I told Dave you have got to put these on your regular menu as an appetizer or entree and he said he would think about it. Well just a few short months later he added them as a appetizer. He has received great reviews and is now one of his favorite new items.

One more thing. Dave recently added Kids eat free everyday to the restaurant with an adult purchase entree. A great thing to see that Grub's, Allen Brumett at Sassy's, and Jody Thornton with JJ's also offer this option.  Kids eating free is the best thing you can do in marketing in the restaurant world. Because how many of my fellow parents don't actually think about that for a minute when you are considering going out to eat with the kids? Well done guys.

The Tenders

Eight juicy tenders came out. It's an $8 appetizer and they are very good.

These are marinated in buttermilk overnight close to 24 hours. Seasoning is garlic and onion seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Hand battered strips of heaven.

9.5 out of 10 clucks

The Fries

These are fresh cut fries. Cooked evenly throughout. No sogginess here at all. Sea salt and parsley sprinkled over them.

8.5 out of 10 fries.

The Grove. Huge menu and great selection of popular american dishes. Worth the trip north.

2600 W. Pleasant Crossing Drive, Suite 60 Rogers, Arkansas

Until next time. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Razorback Pizza - Springdale, Arkansas

Hello fellow tender lovers. I'm back. Razorback Pizza in Springdale. You probably are saying to yourself uh that's a pizza place Todd. And yes you are right but I discovered at a pizza outing they have more than just pizza and one of those items is hand battered chicken strips.

My buddy Chadd Claybrook and I went for lunch there recently to check these out.

3 large hand battered chicken strip and a big portion of fresh cut fries for only $6.99. You can't beat that price.

Strips were lightly battered and juicy but did not have any seasoning whatsoever. But when dipped in a sauce very good.

7 out of 10 clucks

The Fries

Fresh cut and evenly cooked but no seasoning whatsoever again. Deja vue. Add that and they would be great. 6 out of 10 fries.

Oh by the way they have great hamburgers as well.

Til next time! Hopefully not 3 months. is football season.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Dugan's Pub - Little Rock, Arkansas

It's been such a long time fellow chicken strip lovers.

The family and I went down to Little Rock one weekend and we tried out an Irish Pub downtown in the River Market district. My step father Rich and my mother had recommended it and said they had fantastic chicken strips. Naturally that's all I needed to hear and we were there within 10 minutes. :)

The place is called Dugan's Pub.

These are beer battered chicken strips. Not heavy coated.

Very juicy and had a hint of a seasoned salt in them that gave them a nice flavor. You get four strips in the basket along with the fries.

Grayson had them also. Like father like son. :) He gave them an official thumbs up!

9 out of 10 clucks. Good stuff.

On to the fries................

I loved the fries. They were a thicker cut fry and absolutely delicious. Evenly cooked throughout and not over crispy.  I even had to steal a few from Grayson. Had Bay seasoning on them and were fantastic.

9.5 Fries

Grayson was so pleased with the chicken strips he had to do a little dance with his Grammy. He put on a nice show for the other guests of the restaurant.

8.5 out of 10 stars for the two getting their groove on.

Dugan's is located at the corner of 3rd and Rock in the River Market district in downtown Little Rock..

Until next time....

Monday, November 3, 2014


It's been about 18 months since may last review. I'm so bad. And so sleep deprived. We have a new leader in the clubhouse for the best chicken tenders in Northwest Arkansas. The place....Frickin Chicken. The location....just off Spring Street in the Laundry Building in the old Feltner's first location. Frickin Chicken started as a food truck off College Avenue about two years ago. They opened up a brick and mortar location just this year. When they first started it was just fried chicken and waffles and the dreaded frozen crinkle cut fries. But just recently they debuted their hand batter chicken tenders and they now have fresh cut fries!

For some odd reason they are called Wimpy Strips. There is nothing wimp about them. I got the Wimpy 4 piece Strip Combo. It came with 4 jumbo strips, waffle, and a nice amount of fresh cut fries. All for $9.25. Not bad.

The Tenders

The chef told me they were Tyson jumbo tenderloins which made me happy. :)
They were very juicy and lightly breaded with a great kick to them. He said that he dips them in egg whites for a bit and then into their seasoning. When asked about the seasoning, the only thing he would give up was that they use onion garlic powder. They were unlike anything I had tasted before and were amazing.

I then wrapped a waffle and devoured it. Delicious.

The best I've ever had. And I've had lots as you know. Even better than Raising Caine's. Words I never thought would come out of my mouth.

10 out of 10 clucks. Maybe even 10.5.

The Fries

Fresh cut. Cooked crispy and cooked right. He said they blanch them and they were cooked evenly throughout. Very good.

9 out of 10 taters (yep new terminology)

Grayson give them a thumbs up!

So don't wait. Get down to Frickin Chicken and try these fantastic tenders.

509 West Spring Street Suite 210
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Apple Blossom Brewing Company - Fayetteville, AR

Apple Blossom Brewing Company. New brewery and restaurant that just opened off Zion Road in Fayetteville. Great layout. Nicely designed. Only question we had was parking. It's built in a office/shop complex which means as more offices open less parking. Customers have already been having to park around the block due to full lot already. Enough on that. Onto the tenders......
ABBC offers Tempura Chicken Fingers as appetizer. Tempura recipe is a recipe from Japan. It's basically flour, egg, water, and vegetable oil stirred until a thick batter is formed. This gives the fingers the thick coating that you will see below.

I'm not a big fan of thick batter fingers but these were not bad at all. Had some type of seasoning added to it to give it a nice flavor and some parsley on top. You get five fingers for $5.95 which is not bad these days.

8 out of 10 Clucks

The Fries

They nailed it on the fries. Fresh cut. Evenly cooked throughout and crispy. Parsley again on top and some light seasoning. Could not get enough. You got a decent amount as you can see surprisingly for only $1.95. You don't see that very often under $2. Even soft drinks were $1.95. Most places are $2.49 now. So thumbs up to Apple Blossom for those prices.

9.5 out of 10 Fries

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Make Your Own Homemade KFC Original Recipe Tenders

 Hello strangers. I'm back after a 16 month hiatus. Just enjoying trying to be a good father to my son and and a good husband to my wife. Time flies.  I wrote 7 in 2010, 8 in 2011, and a total of one in 2012. I've missed doing these. I even have one I'm going to post that is 3 years old that I forgot to post. So you will get two this week. Going to try and write more than every 16 months going forward. :)

Remember when Kentucky Fried Chicken used to taste pretty darn good? That great original recipe that is still known world wide but just doesn't seem to be like it was back in the day? Well my wife came across someone who posted a recipe that says they found a blend that is close to the original recipe as you can get. We tried it out recently and I gotta say it's really good and very close to that taste. Here's how they turned out.........

They were fantastic. My wife says that they are the best I've ever done and taste better than most restaurants tenders that we have had. I'm blushing. I lightly breaded them and have to admit I almost doubled the amount of seasoning on all ingredients and it really made a difference between the first and second round. Would you like the recipe? Well here you go.....

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of All Seasoning
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup flour
2 teaspoon paprika

Like I said I almost doubled the above except on the flour. Try it and give me some feedback on how your tenders turned out and what you thought.

Just for the record. 10 of 10 clucks. But I'm bias. :)


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ozark Lanes Cafe - Fayetteville, AR

I know I know. A restaurant in a bowling alley. I thought the same thing. My buddy Jason Daugherty gave me the low down on this hidden little gem. For some of you who have been on the hill since college you might remember it as Pete's Place. That late night hungover hideaway you went to after a late night on Dickson to get your grub on. Same place, different name, same cook is what I've been told.

You can get this plate of 6 giant strips and plate of fries for $7.99!

The Chicken Strips

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. Large hand battered tenders, lightly coated batter. Very tasty. And a great bargain as I mentioned above.

8 out of 10 clucks

The Fries

Fresh cut fries. Can't go wrong. Fried evenly and crispy.

7.5 out of 10 fries

They also have a great burger basket for $4.99. And I also hear they have a great breakfast.