A Healthy Version of Southern Cuisine? …It’s Here! – Review of Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter


94 Avenue C
Alphabet City / Lower East Side
212-228-2972 / bobwhitecounter.com/

Counter seating area

            Opening their doors January 4 of this year, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter has already gained popularity with the locals providing affordable Southern foods in LES. Located on Avenue C, the new lunch and dinner spot has added a healthy twist to the southern food craze of 2011. While it’s difficult for diners to accept the concept of a healthy Southern-style meal, Bobwhite is serving up crispy chicken, homemade mac and cheese and buttery biscuits that are sure to change your view of healthy eating.

Pressure fried chicken dinner plate.

            The chicken and pork come from the owner’s farm in Hudson Valley while the vegetables are bought from local farmers. Side dish options, all priced at $3.50, change regularly based upon the season and availability but so far grits seem to be a staple item on the menu.

            The chicken is soaked in sweet brine and fried in a pressurized fryer, which keeps the meat from drying out and knocks off some of the calories. When ordering the chicken you have a choice of white or dark meat, both equally delicious. Rather then coming with a heavy side like mac and cheese your chicken comes with a biscuit and side salad. The biscuits are light and, fluffy and when topped with the cayenne honey prepared in house they are pretty irresistible. We would also suggest adding some of the cayenne honey to your chicken you wont regret it.


Pork chop Sandwich.

            A dish that has been popular with walk in customers is the pork chop sandwich ($8.50). The pork chop sandwich is topped chow chow, a southern relish recipe that comes from the owner’s grandmother, and served on a bun with salad.

            During our visit some of the sides on the menu were cheese grits, mac and cheese and roasted vegetables. The mac and cheese was creamy and they didn’t skimp on the cheese, much like the cheese grits that are cooked in milk and loaded with cheddar, not like we’re complaining. Though I love cheese just as much as the next guy my absolute favorite side had to be the roasted vegetables. Onions, carrots and melt in your mouth garlic cloves cooked up with minimal seasoning allowed for the vegetables natural sweetness to shine.


Banana cream pie parfait

            To close the meal we sampled two traditional Southern desserts made on site ($4.00 each). The red velvet cupcake was moist and the cream cheese frosting wasn’t too sweet. The second dessert sample was a banana cream pie parfait made with vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, freshly made whipped cream and bananas, all made with organic whole milk. 

            If you are in LES and looking for somewhere to go for a quick, and affordable, bite we strongly suggest you check this place out. They also deliver from E 14 Street to Houston, First Avenue to Avenue D.

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