When it comes to the modern gentrification of fried chicken, we consider the Bromberg Brothers of Blue Ribbon the OG. With due respect to Mr. Kennedy and Colonel Sanders himself, it was Blue Ribbon Brasserie's fried chicken that started this whole hipsterized food trend frenzy some 20 years ago. Where as some trends we grow tired of, and fast (Kale! Cronuts! Rooftop Gardens!), we'll never be mad an excess of quality fried chicken.
The Blue Ribbon restaurant group continues its brisk expansion with a fast casual establishment dedicated to their signature poultry. BRFC is, obviously, all about the chicken. They're frying up more wings, breasts and drumsticks than ever before, but that's not all. They're using the entire bird at BRFC, from livers to gizzards to necks. They also have a variety of chicken burgers, which, surprisingly, are pretty damn good. Who would have ever thought we'd enjoy eating a chicken burger? And then there are the fries, man. The f*cking french fries are incredible. McDonalds level. You know when our resident fried chicken expert, Rembert Browne of Grantland fame approves, you're doing something right.
Being that it's a low key, order at the counter type of place, Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken can be useful for all different kinds of situations, the most useful being the Late Night Eats situation. It's open until 2am, seven days a week. That's information you need to retain and put to use next time you're drunk and hungry.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken seems primed and ready to be reproduced and franchised all across the country. Whether that's the actual plan or not, we have no idea. America could only be so lucky. Watch your back KFC. The Bromberg bros are coming for you.
However you order your wings, drumsticks, thighs and breasts, whether it be piece by piece or as part of a plethora of different dinners or platters that come with rolls and sides, you won't be disappointed. We love Blue Ribbon's fried chicken. Here's a video to prove it.
In addition to simply fried wings, BRFC has a variety of wing options ranging from BBQ to mouth numbing habanero. We went with the Hot & Spicy BBQ wings, which pack all kinds of flavor, moisture and crispiness. Order 'em.
Want to get crazy? Go Beak To Butt. No, that's not a new yoga position. It's a salad of fried necks, backs, hearts and gizzards, all sloppy and delicious in hot sauce. Yes, it's mean, but it's also real damn tasty.
As discussed above, they're big on chicken burgers and have menu full of them. We'd never had a chicken burger before, but the idea of one with caramelized pineapple, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumbers on a tasted bun with Blue Ribbon special sauce sounded delicious. We were shocked at how juicy and delicious this thing was. And probably significantly better for you than a beef burger.
The fries are insane. You have to get the skinny, crispy, salty fries. The griddled corn and bacon is awesome, as is the spicy slaw. Skip the pickled cucumbers, they didn't really taste like anything.
End your meal with a sweet touch. They've got custom Steve's Ice Cream flavors like Banana Salted Caramel and Spiked Bourbon Street with chocolate, hazelnut and bourbon.