Yesterday, I went to a Shell gas station on Summer Avenue at I-40 for quick takeout grub. I didn't give much thought in choosing the convenience store for lunch other than it being a quick in-and-out. With only thirty minutes for lunch during another "temp" assignment, I figured this was the best way to make the most of it. In doing it, my intention was eating and nothing else, like blogging. Abiding by "advice" from a loudmouth... errrrr "outspoken" retired Federal employee, I'm trying to put out good content on Ken's Food Find. So, despite what Andrew Zimmern (host of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods America") said about Mid-South gas station/convenience store food, this blog is steering clear of them. However, I will make an exception if it's warranted. In the case of the fried chicken at Shell, what I saw was eye-popping.
When I saw Shell's drumsticks, the size of them shocked me. They were almost the size of turkey legs, measuring about seven inches long and over 3½ inches in width. Honestly, I have never seen drumsticks that large in my life. I don't know if they were the result of steroids/growth hormones, but it was impressive nonetheless. If the drumsticks were artificially enhanced, I'm not sure if it's either a good or bad thing. According to the laws of the U.S.A., use of growth hormones in poultry is illegal. Based on that, it would seem that oversized chicken legs are harmful. Still, I threw caution to the wind and ate them.
The drumsticks were decent for the most part. Far from being comparable to Gus's and Uncle Lou's, the chicken was good enough by convenience store standards. With light breading that wasn't too different from what anyone can make with a standard fried chicken recipe, I believe most will like Summer Avenue Shell's drumsticks. Because of the size, one chicken leg can make for a hardy snack for people with small appetites. In eating two with jalapeño chicken fried rice (also good), I got more than enough food for my lunch. Needless to say, everything was very satisfying.
Overall, my lunch experience was enlightening. Given my current status as a seasonal part-time worker who "temps" on occasion, I've been fortunate to discover the diversity of Memphis' culinary community. From plantain-wrapped chicken tamales to Dim Sum (served at Asian Palace, located behind the Shell station), I have eaten a lot of foods that I normally wouldn't have. I hope to continue with finding hidden gems that deserve recognition. After all, this blog is "Ken's Food Find."
Returning the favor
I want to close with offering some advice of my own. To the retired Federal employee who has so much concern about the women I like, he needs to get his own house in order before commenting on others. To my knowledge (and a personal encounter or two), it seems that he has a problem with alcohol that makes him very belligerent (more so than he usually is). I believe it is causing him other problems, including one (if the rumor I heard is correct) involving a restraining order. For an arrogant, self-righteous guy, that isn't a good look for him. By the way, I'm far from being a man of virtue because of my many faults. All I'm saying is that we all have problems, so be mindful of it when berating others.
SIDE NOTE: I have good relationships with women, especially with those whose names begin with my favorite letter of the alphabet.
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