Monday, September 13, 2010

overhyped 'n' disappointing

ok...i know i suck at this. i never update. but i PROMISE, it stops here. i have more reliable internet access now and starting next week i will have my very own network that will never fail me and i can blog until i'm blue in the face. now that we've discussed this, we can move on.

so usually i'm pretty reluctant to try hyped brooklyn hipster joints because .. a) they have the worst clientele in the world, b) they usually do not live up to the hype, c) regardless of my recent ramen binge- i do have a pretty refined palette! i had heard many, many things about Pies 'n' Thighs from various outlets, i even saw one of the owners on my mom's favorite tv show, "who wants to be a millionaire?". this is supposed to be THE place to go to for fried chicken, pie and other southern delights. joe and i had tried to go there a few times before but something always got in the way (they close from 4-5, couldnt find parking, wait seemed too long) so when he texted me at work on saturday and asked if i wanted to join him and our friends sami and nadia at pies 'n' thighs i was pumped 'n' ready to actually get to try it.

we arrive at pies 'n' thighs at probably the most perfect time, 6:30. nadia and sami had already secured us a table and the place wasn't that busy. we ordered sweet teas to start and peeked at the menu. not a large menu, only 9 real entree choices (grilled cheese and chicken biscuit arent my idea of an entree though). i decided i was going to go for the chicken biscuit and a side of mac and cheese. nadia and sami both chose the catfish box while joe went for the super bowl (3 sides and a biscuit). we didn't wait long for the food since it wasn't busy, which was a relief because after working in a kitchen all day long at my job, i was famished.

when my plate arrived i was confused. why is everything doused in hot sauce? didn't say so on the menu...and what if you don't LIKE hot sauce? i'm pretty picky about which ones i like so to me that was a bit presumptuous on their parts. i cut into the biscuit with the fried chicken. my first thought was "wow, hot sauce".. and then "oh, honey!" and then "ehh, this is ok". the biscuit was really good, the chicken was ok and the hot sauce was unnecessary. the touch of honey was interesting though and i liked it. my mac and cheese was also a hot sauce puddle which my tastebuds did not like at all. macaroni and cheese is perfect on it's doesn't need hot sauce. take note pies 'n' thighs.

everyone seemed to think their meals were just ok. joe hated his grits (once again, the hot sauce) and i'd have to agree with him. ok, so the entrees weren't that great. but there's still another course, let's order pie!!!!

i've really been fiending for some banana pie lately (thanks Baked) so i ordered that, while sami and nadia ordered the chocolate pie. i thoroughly enjoying my banana pie topped with nilla wafers, the creaminess of the banana mixed perfectly with the almost crispy pie crust. but $5?? REALLY?? it was a very small piece. good thing it was tasty...the pie really was pies 'n' thighs only saving grace.

shortly after dropping off sami and nadia at the bedford L station, joe and i had a deep h2h about southern food in new york. it doesn't work, it will never work, just gotta get it when i'm home. (or so we thought...stay tuned..)

so after wanting to visit this place for ages, money now down the drain, all i really have to say is...
maybe they should change their name to pies 'n' hot sauce, since those seem to be the most prominent figures in their establishment.

Pies 'n' Thighs (Hot Sauce)
166 S. 4th Street (at Driggs)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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