You may have seen billboard signs in Dayton for JJ’s Fish and Chicken, calling fried food lovers like the “bat signal.” As you know Deep Fried Foods have always had a special place in our heart. Our fascination with such calorie busting meals took us on a little Food Adventure in North Dayton. The destination was an old converted Taco Bell building which is the North Main Street location of JJ’s Fish and Chicken Drive Thru. This place was brought back to life by a couple of brothers of Mediterranean decent. Most of their business is drive thru or carryout, but we wanted the dine in experience to mingle with the staff and customers. There isn’t much mingling as you are separated by plexiglass and an intricate spinning device where you pay and receive your food. Let the Food Adventure begin…
We noted right away that they had some pretty good prices and a huge variety of fried seafood offerings. Sure, they might offer some baked fish, but we were on mission of breaded pleasure. They had some great specials for under $5, but we decided to go for a couple of the fish dinner offerings and a “pick 2 combo” of fried shrimp and chicken wings. Your Food Adventure Crew also noticed a display case with dozens of containers of side dishes. If there is ever a shortage of side dishes in the world, this case would feed North America for a week. We ordered a personalMac n Cheese. They nuked it and it was served so piping hot that we scorched our mouths and even after 5 minutes, we could still hardly take a bite of the mac n cheese.
Our eyes turned to a drink case that housed a bunch of Faygo pop, the pride of Detroit. That’s all they have to drink, no water, no ice tea, just regular Faygo pop, the large 24 ounce bottles. Your Food Adventurers dove in head first and grabbed 2 of them. Already in a comical mood, a scalded and galded Big Ragu looked to take a seat. With some of booths mysteriously missing, we decided to squeeze our petite frames into a front row seat on a couple of stools. This allowed us to watch the cooks and customers interact like a breaded ballet.
A bell rang and the plexiglass swivel device turned like a set of The Price is Right, to reveal a large brown bag. Our feast had arrived. We were fascinated with the glass separating the workers from the customers. This is where all the action takes place. There was a tender moment when we picked up our food, when the cook placed his palm against the bulletproof glass, and we put our hand directly against his, just like a prison scene….the walls cannot keep the man down! The touching scene was halted when we smelled the aroma of freshly fried fish in the bags we were holding and realized we needed to eat now.
Inside the bag were 2 HEAPING white containers overstuffed with food. The weight of each dinner alone required the use of a “spotter” to lift. We heard angels singing as we opened styrofoam vessels of joy. We noticed they served each meal with coleslaw, fries and a couple of slices of white bread. We are talking old school stuff here. Our meals were good, with the highlight being the fish. The fried tilapia and fried perch were incredible. We would also recommend fried walleye and the fried orange roughy. We enjoyed the fish selections very much. Meanwhile, The Big Ragu even downed some fried oysters which were fresh and juicy. The Big Ragu did one of his patented “fat kid tricks”in which he made a po’ boy sandwich by putting perch, coleslaw, fries and hot sauce on the included bread slice.
We thanked the staff and left JJ’s stuffed to the gills.
If you love fried fish, you have to check this place out. With such a huge variety of different fish and seafood choices, you cannot go wrong. We had to chuckle at the menu saying zero grams of trans fat. JJ’s Fish and Chicken is a national chain, with 2 other Dayton locations on N. Gettysburg and Salem Ave. We noticed they do a brisk business. Many hungry customers were in and out during our visit getting their “fried food on.” So, we ask you, do you want a mountainous pile of fried food at a stunningly low price? Then visit JJ’s Fish and Chicken Drive Thru and get hooked like us.
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