What is Maryland fried chicken, anyway?
I was doing a little housekeeping on the blog last evening when I came upon the following e-mail, which I had stuck in an unused entry form to write a post about in the future.
I'm a little late with it; Bill sent it last July. But his question is still relevant.
While I'm at it, I'm going to ask what makes fried chicken Maryland-style? You never hear other states getting credited for fried chicken -- except, of course, Kentucky, and that's just a fast food gimmick, isn't it? ...
One thing you have to admit about crab cakes: Maryland crab cakes are unique. For some reason, no other state can make them. But really. Does Maryland fried chicken taste any different than any other kind of fried chicken?
Anyway, here's Bill:
Are there any restaurants in the area, to include outlying counties, where you can get made-to-order fried chicken? There are, of course, plenty of places with recently made chicken sitting under heating lights, but I'm looking for some sit-down places that begin the process (maybe except for soaking the raw chicken in buttermilk) when you place the order. The problem with this is that makes for a long wait before you're served, but that's why God gave us daiquiris. There is such a thing, I think, called "Maryland fried chicken." Where can you find the real thing. Bill
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