Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tasty Tourist Trap
When we walked up to Virgil's BBQ in NYC, my heart sank. Just steps away from Times Square I wondered if we'd gotten ourselves into a forgettable, touristy dinner - stealing away one of the few precious meals we would have in the city on this visit.
We were meeting up with a dear old college friend I hadn't seen in years and years so I figured the company would easily distract from whatever we'd find inside. There was a crowd and a long walk-in wait forming around our reservation time but we were seated promptly upstairs in a lively dining room. The menu resembled a lot of chain BBQ restaurants we've been to, but one thing stood out: "Ten Dollar Hush Puppies!" That's not how they were titled on the menu of course, but in the week leading up to our visit, that's how they'd come to be known in our house and on Facebook as we anticipated the dinner with friends. "I can't wait for the Ten Dollar Hush Puppies!" I exclaimed repeatedly.
My quick phone picture can't compare to the awesomeness that is a platter of good hush puppies, but there was no time for artistry with corny bread goodness waiting. We followed it up with platters of barbecue and my own plate of fried chicken which was cooked perfectly. We did giggle at the school field trip near our table as chaperones attempted to help 25 high school students to split a check, but the crowds faded away as we enjoyed delightfully comforting company and food.