Finger-Lickin’ Good Chicken

We recently had a craving for fried chicken and asked a few friends for their favorite spots. One friend recommended Chicken & Rib Crib in Hawthorne. We placed a big take-out order of ribs, fried chicken, house-cut fries, Mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, wings, biscuits and gravy.

The chicken and ribs did not disappoint. The chicken had a thick, crispy coating on the outside and was moist and juicy on the inside. We all loved the ribs best though; they were the star of the meal. They were brushed with a zesty sauce and loaded with meat. The potatoes and Mac were good; my kids liked them. I’d hoped for buttermilk biscuits (that’s what I think of accompanying southern fried chicken) but what we got was average rolls. Better to skip the calories of those carbs and stick with the meat! The prices for the amount of food we got were great; our bill to feed 6 people was $70 and we had plenty of leftovers for a full dinner the next evening. 1/2 a slab of ribs was $14.80; full slab $25. 12 piece chicken dinner with 2 sides is $26.50.

Would I go again? Yes, and would skip the sides and make a salad to balance out the meal a bit.

Chicken & Rib Crib, 02 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. (973) 238-0200.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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