Julep is one of those
However, after a quick shower on Friday evening, my friend Alvin texts me and ask about my Friday dinner plans. Long story short, I make my way from
The first thing I noticed is how much larger these portabella fries are than the ones at
I can’t fault them for presentation, but the site of half a fried chicken that is covered in honey would bring a smile to anyone’s face. Starting with the drumstick, it was just like the portabella fries. I was amazed at the crispiness of the skin, and the meat underneath was extremely moist. Unfortunately, outside of the honey, the chicken had no real flavor at all. If there was the tiniest shred of flavor it was completely masked the rosemary honey. I was also annoyed by how both the thigh and breast had been deboned. I had been assured by the waiter that the half chicken was served on the bone, but not. As a result, the breast was dry. In the end, you’re really left with a bland, poorly seasoned chicken that hides behind a veil of crunchy skin and rosemary-less honey.
Quite frankly I was appalled at this waste of shrimp. I can appreciate that Julep might have been going for two forms of corn with the kernels and the grits, but it simply does not work. It’s a shame, the shrimp themselves aren’t badly cooked, they just are overwhelmingly bland. I could taste the slightest hint of cayenne in the dish, but I was completely turned off by the liberal use of corn, peppers, and onions. In fact, Alvin and I both agreed this dish tasted like a corn salad; definitely not the flavor I’m looking for with shrimp & grits.
Overall, I was completely disappointed in Julep’s “award-winning” fried chicken. Having been selected by USA Today as one of the top ten fried chickens in the country is no surprise. I’ve long maintained that the USA Today isn’t worthy of wrapping fish, much less reporting news or commenting on best foods. What surprised me was Julep had won Mississippi Magazine’s “best fried chicken in MS” for 2007. Apparently, the readers of Mississippi Magazine have never tried Mr. D’s chicken at the Lorman country store or even their local Popeye’s, both of which serve more flavorful and generally superior chicken.
I knew I that I should expect poor service during the dinner rush on a Friday night, but it’s simply poor planning to expect a single bartender to field both the bar and the half dozen bar tables. Julep is like many popular northeast