Sunday, April 3, 2011
Soul Food With An Arab Flair At JC's Barbeque On West Broadway, Near The Five Points Building...
Photos and blog post by John Hoff
JC's Barbeque has been open for more than a year at 2117 West Broadway near the Five Points building. It's yet another "wings and things" place on Broadway, with a sideline in gyros. If you took all the "wings and things" places in North Minneapolis, lined them up end to end, and put a match to the first one you would have a domino-effect grease fire visible FROM THE MOON. Not that I'm complaining. There's just no getting around the fact greasy food is yummy.
A couple days ago I went to JC's for the first time, since my legal nemesis Jerry Moore was standing in line at the Cub Foods deli counter and I didn't want to stand near and have him say (yet again) he just wants me to know "we're cool" and I'd have to tell him, yet again, "If you have something to say to me, go through your lawyer." Oh, have I mentioned lately: Repeated and specific evidence in Hennepin County District Court shows Jerry Moore was involved with a high profile fraudulent mortgage at 1564 Hillside Ave. N.
So I left Cub and went to JC's, since it was the nearest place I knew of to get fried chicken not counting Olympic Cafe, which is a little too near the "heroin block" of West Broadway for my tastes, even though undercover police recently disrupted a heroin shipment in North Minneapolis, and God Bless the Fourth Precinct. I needed fried chicken because company was visiting in the middle of my girlfriend's kitchen remodel project...
The manager at JC's was so overwhelmingly nice to me I thought "does he know I'm a blogger?" He had me taste the fried zucchini, fretting aloud whether they were overdone. Then he threw in an extra helping of fried zucchini.
I ordered the 30-wing special for $16.99 plus tax--no fries, no drink--and when I got it home I saw several slices of white bread had been included. To me, the difference between real soul food and a place that is merely putting on like it serves soul food is the inclusion of diagonally-sliced white bread.
The fried chicken was perfect. My benchmark for chicken wings is whether the tips of the wings are crisp and edible, instead of being chewy. We enjoyed the wings at dinner, and then ate the leftovers for two days, not wasting a single delicious bite.
Though JC's is a small, humble establishment it's clean and there's no reason to avoid it. The food is good and very affordably priced.