"American Fried Chicken" restaurant. Now, you rarely see "American" added to the name of a fried chicken joint. It's redundant. Here, though, it made sense: Amigo Joe's is a Mexican restaurant. Intrigued by the sign -- especially its cartoon chicken logo -- I made a note to return.
Yesterday, finally, I did.
Amigo Joe's Chicken
is located next-door to its namesake restaurant. It's a single room, with chicken-related décor and a pleasant earth-tone color scheme. The menu is fried chicken and sides, period. The chicken is available as a two-, three- or four-piece meal, each with two sides and a biscuit, or in eight- or twelve-piece packages (with three sides and four biscuits).
The chicken is prepared in a pressure cooker. The batter is crisp, if a touch crumbly in spots, simply seasoned with salt and pepper and a hint of mild heat. The meat is moist and agreeably greasy. Overall, I'd rate the chicken fairly highly. Not as good as Porter's Fried Chicken
, but better than such standbys as Hodak's
The sides I tried, baked beans and corn, were decent. The beans' sauce was sweet but had enough of a tang to keep that sweetness from becoming cloying. The corn was standard-issue.
Amigo Joe's Chicken is open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.Amigo Joe's Chicken
5901 Southwest Avenue
It was sometime last summer when I first noticed the sign along Hampton Avenue advertising