Slideshow: First Impressions: Honey Butter Fried Chicken

2-Piece Chicken Combo ($8.00)
2-Piece Chicken Combo ($8.00)

The fried chicken is juicy and flavorful from the brine, with a breading that is crispy without shattering all over your plate. Sourced from a local Amish farm, the legs are served intact, while the thighs and breasts have been boned out in house. This means extra chicken parts for pot pie, fried chicken skin topped cold fried chicken salad, and whatever else they're currently working on. Though delicious, the corn muffins are tiny and the side of honey butter won't stretch beyond disciplined dabbing. A little more of each would round out the combo nicely.

Fried Chicken Sammy ($8.00)
Fried Chicken Sammy ($8.00)

As good as the chicken is by its lonesome, I can't stop thinking about this sandwich. The juicy thigh meat is enhanced with a jalapeƱo mayo and bright purple slaw. If the kitchen is taking suggestions, I humbly submit that a few dill pickle slices would put this sucker over the top.

Three-Sides Meal ($10.50)
Three-Sides Meal ($10.50)

As good as the chicken is, you'd be remiss to ignore the ever-rotating array of sides on offer. The Kale and Cabbage Slaw is dressed up with dried pomegranate and yogurt cumin vinaigrette, the Pimento Mac 'n Cheese is familiar enough for the kids, and the Green Curry Creamed Corn is sweet and herbal. I'm not going back to regular creamed corn. I can't. I won't.

Daily Pickle ($2.00)
Daily Pickle ($2.00)

Today's offer included green and yellow beans, cauliflower, and broccoli. Not too sweet or sour, they're the perfect foil to the richness of all that fried chicken and mac and cheese you'll be ordering.

Goose Island Root Beer ($2.50)
Goose Island Root Beer ($2.50)

Forgive me for the dreamy, Instagramy nature of this picture, but the Bottomless Fountain Sodas on tap deserve mention. Along with Goose Island Root Beer, you can choose from a variety of other soda pops, each sweetened with real sugar.

Chocolate Toffee Cookie ($1.75)
Chocolate Toffee Cookie ($1.75)

Temptingly perched under glass by the cash register, this is the tastiest impulse purchase I've made in a while. The cookies are just the way I like them: soft and chewy in the middle, with a slightly crunchy edge.