Kentucky Fried Quail Conundrum: The Praying Monk vs Blue Hound Kitchen
The Set Up: Located on the second floor of the brand new Palomar Hotel at CityScape, Blue Hound is also filled with industrial-looking wood walls, tufted leather booths, a sleek concrete bar, bright Edison bulbs, and a friendly wait staff dressed in jeans and denim shirts. The laid back atmosphere is casual but still maintains a classy feel and the high windows provide a nice view of the rest of CityScape.
Blue Hound's menu is full of American comfort classics like patty melt sliders, bacon filled tater tots, batter fried baby zucchini, heirloom tomato salads, and Executive Chef Stephen Jones' version of Kentucky Fried Quail served southern style with foie gras cornbread and a red bean and sausage gravy.
The Good: Once again, these little pieces of fried dark meat quail were fried to perfection and had a super flavorful crispy coating with just a little bit of a southern kick. Our server mentioned something about the recipe coming straight from the original KFC recipe and it was impeccably close. The sausage gravy had just the right touch of black pepper and was the perfect complement to the sweet cornbread underneath.
The Bad: The foie gras in the cornbread was undetectable and it was a little dry but nothing an extra scoop of that sinfully good gravy couldn't fix!
And the winner is...
Blue Hound takes the gold with their bold seasonings and savory red bean and sausage gravy. We could eat that stuff straight out of a bowl. Praying Monk's dish was really great and we loved the gorgeous space and outstanding staff but that Brussels sprout slaw has got to go!