We've had it with the slow service, time-worn surroundings and loud pop music at BBQ Chicken and Beer in Cliffside Park, where the specialty is spicy Korean chicken, fried twice in extra-virgin olive oil.
The restaurant has been one of our favorites in the past couple of years, when several Korean fried chicken outlets opened in North Jersey. We had dinner there last night after an absence of many months and found some changes, but the fried and grilled chicken and American side dishes were as good as ever, and my mug of beer was icy cold.
After we placed our order for wings and drumsticks of fire -- requesting them as spicy as possible -- and grilled roasted pepper thighs, we got our drinks and a small bowl of peanuts, in place of the cut vegetables the restaurant once served. Then we waited, and waited, and waited.
Finally, we got the wings and coleslaw. Later, our crunchy waffle fries were brought out, followed in several minutes by the drumsticks and, eventually, the grilled chicken and steamed rice, but butterflied legs were substituted for the usual thighs. The restaurant was out of its terrific mac and cheese, and we had to ask for water several times.
Fortunately, there is a second BBQ Chicken at 10 E. Edsall Boulevard in Palisades Park (201-461-0201), which is where we will be going in the future.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
- Victor E. Sasson
- Hackensack, NJ, United States
- I was a reporter, copy editor and food writer at The Record of Hackensack, N.J. A downsizing forced me to retire in May 2008. I had nearly 40 years' experience at daily newspapers in the Northeast, 29 of them at The Record. I now write two blogs, Do You Really Know What You're Eating? (which focuses on food shopping and finding pure ingredients for home-cooked meals) and Eye on The Record (a critical look at a once-great suburban daily newspaper in northern New Jersey). I feel newspapers such as The Record abandoned their readers long before they stopped reading the papers. Follow me at www.twitter/vsasson