Carolina Kitchen

Someone had mentioned that if you wanted ‘real’ casual American style food in Brisbane, one should hit up Carolina Kitchen in Coorparoo. So with Jessalyn and Anthony in tow (the three of us had never been), we checked them out as part of a little catch-up.

Based on my research, Carolina Kitchen is tiny and doesn’t take reservations over the weekend due to their popularity. Which is fair enough, but they also shut at 8pm, so I was warned if we wanted a table, we best arrive early to snag a seat as soon as one becomes available. Thankfully Anthony was the first to arrive and had already secured us a corner of the little corner shop, so once Jessalyn showed up, we hit the ground running with a selection across their menu of American delights (but no deep fried Mars bars here).

Carolina Kitchen

Buffalo wings. 6 wings AUD$7.95. 12 wings AUD$12.95. 24 wings AUD$21.95

Carolina Kitchen

New York Fries. AUD$7.95

Carolina Kitchen

Carolina Kitchen

Aunt Lilly Mae’s BBQ Ribs. Regular AUD$16.95. Large AUD$25.95

Carolina Kitchen

Chilli dog. AUD$5.95

Carolina Kitchen

I can see Carolina Kitchen‘s charm. Its pokey little store has a well-love neighbour vibe and the service, while limited is relatively patient and warm. The food was at a very decent price-point that won’t break the bank for a solid feed. The buffalo wings are deep fried, then coated in their spicy sauce that borders on some proper heat and made for some yummy finger licking. I particularly enjoyed the ribs, which fell apart easily. They were unfortunately just about drowning in sauce – an easily rectifiable ailment if you’re willing to wipe some of it off. But the rest of the meal was just a little ho-hum and meh.

It was a shame we didn’t have any stomach for dessert though – I was really hoping to share some American style pie.

 

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