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LeRoy’s Fried Chicken and more restaurant news

LeRoy's Fried Chicken

LeRoy's Fried Chicken

Need a little Southern-style comfort food on the run? There’s a new soul food take-away in town. LeRoy’s Fried Chicken, which recently opened on the Westside, can help you get your fix.

This is not your typical chicken shack. If you have a hankering for some crispy bird, try the thick-crusted lard-fried chicken here. The moist Springer Mountain Farms chicken is fried-to-order.

And fried chicken isn’t complete without a few hearty Southern sides to round things out. Choose from biscuits, collards, fries, coleslaw or mac n’ cheese for a completely gluttonous comfort meal. If you are overcome by the heady smell wafting from the grease-dotted cardboard box, tear into your chicken at one of the few high-top tables at the chicken stand.

And if, on these dog days of summer, you crave something a little lighter, try a salad or a fried chicken-liver sandwich. The salad is topped with — what else? — fried chicken. Maybe instead you can cool off with the Cheerwine or a “Royal Palmer” (half lemonade, half hibiscus tea).

The only thing standing in between you and your Southern comfort may be the hunt for a parking space if the four in the lot are full.

Anyone tried it yet?

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. daily. 1021 Howell Mill Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-872-7888. $-$$.

In other news:

  • The Woodruff Arts center announced that Bhavesh Patel has been named the new executive chef at Table 1280. Chef Patel, who recently served as chef de cuisine of Midtown’s Spice Market, has created a menu that both utilizes local ingredients and reflects his background in global cuisine.

Events:

  • The staff at Ray’s Killer Creek is offering Pig & Pinot, an event which includes a sampling of pork-inspired dishes and five varieties of Pinot, held at Ray’s on the River. Advance tickets required. Proceeds to benefit the Primus Sanders Foundation for an employee who experienced a tragic fall and is recovering at the Shepherd Center. 1-4 p.m. July 23. $35. (770) 649-0064.
  • Woodfire Grill is hosting a special wine dinner to benefit a local team participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairings at 7 p.m. Reservations required. July 24. $145. 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404-347-9055.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is hosting a series of events this summer to benefit local charities. They will cost $25 per person and feature hors d’oeuvres with wine pairings on the restaurant’s refurbished patio. Upcoming events will benefit the ALT Pink Foundation Inc. (July 29) and Camp Twin Lakes (Aug. 5). They are from 6-8 p.m. and attendees will receive a $25 gift card to use on on their next visit to Fleming’s. Reservations are encouraged. 4501 Olde Perimeter Way, Atlanta. 770-698-8112. UPDATED 7/19
  • Whitney Miller, Season 1 winner of Masterchef with Gordon Ramsay will be signing her new cookbook, “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm,” at the Decatur location of The Cook’s Warehouse this Friday, July 22 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free but attendees are encouraged to RSVP online for planning purposes. 180 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-4005.

Restaurant Specials:

  • La Tavola is holding its 9th annual Tomatofeast July 27-Aug. 6. During this time, seasonally-inspired Italian dishes featuring local heirloom tomatoes will be available a la carte or as a three-course prix fixe meal ($35 plus tax & gratuity). 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430.
  • Spice Market at the W Atlanta-Midtown now has a new option for vegetarians. Vegetarian Bento Boxes ($24) will be offered on Mondays and will include:
  • Vegetables in Green Curry
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Pea Shoot, Snap Pea Salad, Spiced Oil
  • Honeydew Gazpacho, Spicy Grilled Shrimp, Lime and Mint
  • Pressed Tofu, Butter Braised Bok Choy, Coriander Pesto

188 14th St., Atlanta. 404-724-2550.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

46 comments Add your comment

M. Johnson

July 18th, 2011
9:00 am

Mmmmmmmm! Way to start my week.

sg

July 18th, 2011
9:40 am

Enter your comments here. I tried LeRoys on the 4th of July, at opening. It was awesome and the hipster staff super nice, well versed, and efficiently. A bit pricey for self serve, but Yummy.

PapaDoc

July 18th, 2011
9:53 am

I appreciate the update on some of my favorite restaurants, particularly the new opportunities to enjoy special events. Thanks for running all this information down.

Rhett

July 18th, 2011
10:04 am

@sg – do you [or any other responder] know if they really fry using LARD?

Jenny Turknett

July 18th, 2011
10:08 am

Hi Rhett – they do fry in lard. You can confirm on their facebook info page.

Susie

July 18th, 2011
10:28 am

Just tried LeRoys last night – chicken itself was high quality, moist and juicy but tragically under-seasoned. Collards, mac&cheese and biscuits were excellent.

Edward

July 18th, 2011
10:31 am

In what universe is shrimp a vegetable? Their inclusion in a “Vegetarian Bento” makes me question whether anything in the box is actually vegetarian.

MountainDawg

July 18th, 2011
10:48 am

Sounds dang good. If I’m in that neck of the woods, may have to give it a try. :)

No kidding...

July 18th, 2011
11:13 am

My thought exactly Edward.

HDIII

July 18th, 2011
11:17 am

LeRoy’s is a great addition to Midtown. FYI, you can use the parking lot at neighboring LaFonda if the lot in front of the chicken shack is full!

HDIII

Grasshopper

July 18th, 2011
12:33 pm

$7 for 1 breast, a biscuit and tea is kind of pricy for take out. The chicken better be amazing.

Grillmanstein

July 18th, 2011
2:07 pm

The fried chicken certainly has a full crust on it. Tasty, not too spicy or salty. And you can see the chicken is not the chemical/hormone induced standard fast food fare. If you’re a little bold try the chicken liver sandwich. It does not dissapoint.
A very good addition to the West Side.
That “hipster”??? staff (howabout slacker) could come out and wipe down the highboys every once in a while.

GreatGal

July 18th, 2011
2:37 pm

Tried it today. Nothing to write home about. The name “LeRoy” is misleading :) . The chicken does have a full crust and is very juicy, however it is missing one thing major source, SEASONING. Seasoning matters most with good fried chicken. Had two sides; mac n cheese and collards. Very large portions – a bit much for lunch and certainly not your mamas. Could use more milk in mac n cheese and more juice in collards — “pot liquor” for you Southerners.

tj

July 18th, 2011
3:22 pm

I really wanted to like LeRoys, but I didn’t like the seasoning on the chicken. And there was no one else there in line and it took forever, I can’t imagine when there’s other people there. Pricey for what it is.

Steve

July 18th, 2011
3:53 pm

They fry to order, so thats what causes the wait. When I visited (day 1 and day 5), the chicken itselft was a bit greasy and the crust slid off the meat after one bite. I’m sure thats all part of the getting the initial kinks out of the operation and I’m definitely looking forward to trying it again at some point soon. Can anyone report if they had similar recent experiences or have they gotten better about this?

Also, heard rumblings that they have fried chicken hearts (not on the menu), but the 2 times I was there, I was told that they would have them tomorrow. has anyone tried them?

Baltisraul

July 18th, 2011
3:58 pm

Grasshopper……$7.00 for one piece of chicken????? NO way. .Sounds like just another resturant that didn’t read the memo!

Steve

July 18th, 2011
4:11 pm

@Baltisraul to their defense this is springer mountain chicken. 100% all natural, no hormone, no antibiotic, no by-product real chicken. The stuff is not cheap – go take a look at the prices on their website. You are paying for the quality ingridients. I’m sure you can get something much cheaper from KFC, but it will come from something they aren’t even allowed to call a chicken.

Amanda

July 18th, 2011
5:42 pm

LeRoy is misleading? this is like the 5th time I’ve seen someone say that. god forbid a chef with a French last name ever make fried chicken right

Swamme

July 18th, 2011
8:57 pm

LeRoy’s is the best chicken shack I ever visited. If you don’t like it, go back up north! And take your stupid comments with you. If you are really southern, and had family that cooked, you will love this place. The mac and cheese is not Kraft, it’s Gramma’s! Collards like great-gramma used to make.

BS

July 19th, 2011
3:20 pm

LeRoy is the chef’s last name

wannabe food critic

July 19th, 2011
4:05 pm

well, that racist joke flew right over mandy’s head

i have it on good word that leroys sucks

Baltisraul

July 19th, 2011
5:51 pm

Steve, Steve, Steve……You don’t go to KFC for good fried chicken. There are many places in Atl that serve great fried chicken at a reasonable price. I dare you to slam mary mac’s! If you are catering to the Springer Mountain crowd, you are going out of business faster than you can say, ” $7.00 for one piece of chicken” It is not a sustainable enough clientel to keep your doors open. Like I said, they didn’t read the memo. The ’sell -a-heap sell-it- it cheap places are making a killing in these tough economic conditions. The idea is not to sell the best organic chicken at a high price. The idea is to make a good profit and stay in business so your kids can run it someday. Steve, my guess is that you don’t own your own business.

Edward

July 19th, 2011
6:03 pm

Seems we have a new “know-it-all-that-knows-nothing” amongst us in Baltisraul. LOL Please, stay in the ‘burbs with Chili’s and Outback.

Baltisraul

July 19th, 2011
6:34 pm

Edward…what did you disagree with in my post? If I have missed my mark, show me where! You can lol, but you too will go out of business to sell 1 piece of chichen for $7.00. Let me hear from you.

Grasshopper

July 20th, 2011
9:33 am

Can you all please knock off the ’stay in the ‘burbs with Chili’s and Outback’ dumb jokes.

It makes you look like like a rube. Very 1990’s.

Edward

July 20th, 2011
10:58 am

Truth hurts, huh, Grasshopper? LOL

Edward

July 20th, 2011
11:02 am

And BTW, if this past weekend and lunchtime on Tuesday is any indication, LeRoy’s is doing quite well selling $7 chicken. People with taste enjoy a quality product. It might not sell in Snellville, but in town it should do well.

Steve

July 20th, 2011
12:17 pm

@Baltisraul… Mary Mac’s gives you a breast and 2 sides for $11. Their sides are about $3 a piece so you are getting a breast for $5. Leroy’s is $7 for a breast, biscuit (i’m excluding here), and a tea for $7. The tea is $1.75 (comparably a tea at Mary Mac’s is $2.25) so you’re getting a breast for $5.25. Factoring in quality due to the fact that it’s springer mountain, paying an extra quarter does not sound THAT unreasonable.

So what was your argument again…

Grasshopper

July 20th, 2011
12:35 pm

What truth Edward? I was raised in Marietta, lived in Midtown for 25 years and Buckhead the past two. I could care less where other people live and eat.

Morons like you that bash other people’s home and life choices are pathetic. I’m sure you consider yourself enlightened, but your comments prove otherwise.

Steve

July 20th, 2011
2:10 pm

I make awesome fried chicken at home. Deep fryer keeps it quick, clean, and easy. Just brine the chicken and maybe soak it in buttermilk, too. Use good spices and you’re good to go. Egg wash keeps the breading on the skin.

Matt

July 20th, 2011
2:14 pm

I’m going to try this place. I consider myself a fried chicken connoisseur. Just kidding, I just enjoy fried chicken. I have my own special recipe, which is very simple. Chicken in a salt water brine, mixed in flour (seasoned with salt and white pepper), then fried in vegetable oil. The idea of frying in lard sounds cool. I love collard greens too, so this place will be right up my alley!

Lana

July 20th, 2011
2:41 pm

I went to LeRoy’s last week because I read about it online as well. The first time I went it was around 4p on a Sunday and they were like we are closed and will open at 5p…the hours are strange. I wanted to really try it so I went back during the week after I got off of work which was at 5:30p. there were 2ppl waiting on their food in front of me, but once I placed my order and paid they then said it would be about 10 mins (wait didn’t you all just open at 5p? why do i have to wait so long???)…that’s too long to wait for what you think is a quick service walk up place. I had ordered 2 pc white meat with fries and it was $11…that was crazy (and I’m one who does not mind paying for food at high end restaurants)! So as I waited outside in what felt like 100 degree heat for 10-15 minutes…I kept thinking this chicken had to be really good, but it was another story when i got it. It was NOT good at all…as the reviews mentioned they need to work on their seasoning and the skin is so hard it’s actually quite nasty and the meat is very bland. I actually tasted one bite of the chicken while I was driving home and it pissed me off because it was so bad and I had just wasted $11. I ended up throwing it all away when I got to my house. Hot sauce couldn’t even force me to eat it. Even if they are trying to use springer mountain chicken it doesnt matter if it’s bland and hard.

Bubba

July 20th, 2011
3:02 pm

Fresh Air BBQ, Jackson, GA

Since 1929 the mother church of BBQ in Georgia.

Matt

July 20th, 2011
3:05 pm

Hey Bubba, you got that right, I grew up in Macon and Fresh Air was the best.

Kat

July 20th, 2011
3:53 pm

As the late great Ludlow Porch said, “Lard will kill you. Some things are worth dying for.” Amen.

Smirkin

July 20th, 2011
3:58 pm

@Bubba – Ok man…I gotta know. What is your deal with Fresh Air, and why do you find any reason you can to mention them? Was this post about BBQ? Is it the “mother church of fried chicken”?

Typical Redneck

July 20th, 2011
4:00 pm

Fresh Air is just OK. That is all.

L52094

July 20th, 2011
4:28 pm

The chicken is not that good. Well let me clarify, the meat is good, however, the batter that they coat the chicken with is WAY too thick and bland in some spots and a little spicy in others. In addition, the batter doesn’t stick to the skin, so the skin is all soft and gooey. So you get this thick, hard, fried coating, gummy skin and tasty meat. Not exactly what one looks for in fried chicken.

"See-Food" Diet

July 20th, 2011
6:51 pm

Just dropped by Leroy’s and had two breasts, two biscuits, and mac & cheese for about $11. The chicken isn’t seasoned very much, and the skin has a very crispy pan-fried texture rather than the crispy skin at Popeye’s or “dusty” skin you make at home with light flour. The biscuits weren’t bad: they’re doughy and not “short” (so, more like KFC’s rather than the crumbly ones at Popeye’s). I was surprised to find out that the mac & cheese is made to order with real shredded cheese mixed with freshly cooked large macaroni and with breadcrumbs on top: I enjoyed this, but some people prefer their mac heavily salted, ham-ed, and Velveeta-ed. Overall, probably worth a try, but the chicken will disappoint many people whose grannies were masters of seasoning. Also, there are four parking spots in front, as mentioned, but there’s parking in back for Leroy’s too.

"See-Food" Diet

July 20th, 2011
8:06 pm

P.S., as someone mentioned above they do have weird hours: like 11am-2.30pm and then 5pm-10pm. That’s one hell of a lunch break!

Baltisraul

July 21st, 2011
7:16 am

If you are looking to rent space, LeRoy’s may be available soon. Not what you call ringing endorsements here. But if your signature item is average and your prices are high, well you get the picture.

carla roqs

July 21st, 2011
8:55 am

sorry, but dang you guys are funny! and yep, amanda did miss it, wannabe. loving the sarcasm and attitudes in the answers–it is like a family squabble, not quite jerry springer style. where did bubba go?

Edward

July 21st, 2011
12:48 pm

Grasshopper, your juvenile rant confirms you as classless and far from being enlightened. I am not surprised you were raised in Marietta, perhaps you should return.

While LeRoy’s chicken doesn’t quite measure up to my Mom’s, it is far superior to anything out of MaryMac’s kitchen and maybe just a tad better than the Colonnade.

And Lana, what don’t you understand about “cook to order”? You wait because they’re cooking what you ordered, they don’t have it laying around for hours. Can you fry chicken in 1 minute?

Baltisraul

July 21st, 2011
6:10 pm

Edward if you “cook to order” and it still comes out average, what have you accomplished? As you know I like Mary mac’s chicken!

Jane

July 21st, 2011
9:01 pm

Just tried it the other day and I loved it. You can’t please everyone but I thought the chicken and breading were perfect. I got the two peice and fries and it was enough for two full meals. I can’t wait to go back and try the other sides. The wait wasn’t bad at all, especially since the chicken came out steaming.

Edward

July 22nd, 2011
10:14 am

Baltisraul, so you’ve tried LeRoy’s yourself? I’ve tried MaryMac’s, it is mediocre at best. For that type of food, Colonnade or Matthew’s is far superior to MaryMac’s. But MM has the tradition, so they survive. And excuse me, but I don’t want a back rub when I’m trying to eat, that’s just a tad bit creepy. I’ve found that, in general, people who like MaryMac’s and think it reminds them of their mom’s or grandma’s cooking, had moms or grandmas that were terrible cooks. ;-)