The Most Underrated Restaurant Chain

Earlier in my tenure here at Mid-American Culture, I wrote a piece on what I considered to be the most overrated eating establishment in the world. This week, I will be flipping the script on that particular topic and writing about what I consider to be the most understated restaurant chain. The chain that I will be writing about today is none other than the sensational Pizza Hut.

For most of my adult life, I grew up with the notion that Pizza Hut was average at best. Their pizza was never my first choice for any pizza-appropriate occasions and therefore, my experience was very limited for a long time. However, I couldn’t imagine my life today without Pizza Hut. As dramatic as that sounds, it is only partial exaggeration. I am at a point in my life where I have cut out a lot of unhealthy things that once consumed my lifestyle. With that being said, Pizza Hut is the one food-related vice that I haven’t really managed to bring myself to give up. I eat food from there generally around twice a week, usually opting to have it delivered to my house. With my busy schedule, the delivery service is so convenient, being that I live just a few short minutes from a Pizza Hut location. It is, without a doubt, my most frequented eating establishment.

All of this leads to an inevitable question: what’s so special about Pizza Hut? Well, let me tell you. The food selection there is unreal. Up until the one day I randomly decided to order food from there since it was so close, I never thought of Pizza Hut as anything more than a pizza place. I was unbelievably wrong. The first thing I tried from there other than their pizza was their wings. I immediately found my favorite item on their menu. Whether you prefer bone-in or boneless, Pizza Hut is fully equipped to satisfy any desire you may have for chicken wings. My personal favorite is their Buffalo Medium sauce. I might also add that the little packets of ranch dipping sauce that you can order with your wings is some of the best that I have ever had. That certainly doesn’t hurt their case. After a while, I grew more adventurous with the Pizza Hut menu. I decided to be bold and order some of their pasta options, which I found to have very mixed reviews. The marinara-based pastas weren’t for me, but their chicken Alfredo is sensational, exemplary, glorious, and pretty much any other adjective of positivity that you can think of. Outside of my mother’s Alfredo, and maybe Olive Garden’s, this is the best Alfredo I believe I have ever had. These have become two staples of my Pizza Hut order. I also occasionally delve into their pizza options, particularly when I earn a free one with their rewards program. As far as the pizza goes, I recommend going with the stuffed crust and adding extra pepperoni. The crust is very good dipped into marinara sauce, which can be added to any order for an extra 60 cents and they have a knack for getting the pepperoni to the point of perfect crispiness. Some other highlights of the menu are their dessert options (particularly their Hershey cookies), their stuffed pizza rollers, and their surprisingly good Cajun French fries. Pizza Hut has an abundant menu that is perfect for exploring and attacking with great variety. I highly recommend to anyone looking for delicious, convenient food to give their local Pizza Hut a try.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to check out some of the other great articles from the writers here at Mid-American Culture!

Epic Barbecue at Lucius Q’s

Good morning everyone, I’m wrapping up Mid-American-Culture’s restaurant reviews with a great place I just got to try last Saturday. Lucius Q’s is a crazy good barbecue joint in Cincinnati. I was a huge fan of the local indie station WNKU and after it’s closing, station manager Aaron Sharp partnered up to create Lucius Q’s restaurant. Named like Cincinnati itself after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus a Roman Senator.

You can view the menu at luciusq.com I had the Pendleton Porker Sandwich. Also the corn muffins are epic!

My wife had the baked beans and they were honestly the best I’ve ever had. You have plenty of options on sauces, the Pendleton came with Queen City Gold and I loved it. The staff was very nice and helpful for us first time patrons. The interior was old school with touches of modern industrial.

Most of the menu is locally sourced and they’ve just recently started a barbecue brunch. Which I would’ve for sure tried out this weekend if it wasn’t a 3 hour drive. Also, as a heads up it’s a little tricky with a baby, we regretted not bringing the stroller in with us. Oh and my eldest daughter is a super picky eater and she swears by the mac and cheese. I even got the t-shirt!

Lucius Q is a great little joint in city that was once known as Porkopolis for it’s massive pork production. Tasty tasty barbecue. Have a great weekend and hope you get to enjoy the list of restaurants we reviewed this week.

Slim Chickens- A One-Visit Review

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. As I am sure you all have noticed, we are all doing food reviews on a place we have hardly ate at. Therefore, I took my lovely girlfriend, Lyric, to the new Slim Chickens in Ashland, Kentucky.

The Chicken and Fries

The chicken was a delightful surprise. This chicken chain competes with the big dogs (Zaxby’s and Raising Canes) and I think they have them beat. The chicken is very juicy and lightly breaded and is just a delight. The fries were pretty good. They were crisp and had the perfect amount of salt. It gained the Lyric Bair score of a 9/10 and the fries got a 7/10.

The Sauces

If you’re like me, the sauce can make or break a meal. Slim Chickens features a ton of sauce you can choose from. I selected their signature Slim sauce and cayenne ranch. The Slim sauce had a very weird taste to me, but it grew on me in the end. Now the cayenne ranch had a very good taste with a slight kick to it. Lyric chose the Slim sauce and normal ranch. She hated the Slim sauce, but the ranch may have been the best ranch we’ve ever had.

Dessert

Slim Chickens also feature jar deserts with all sorts of flavors. Lyric and I chose the strawberry cheesecake jar. This was a flavorful explosion with fresh strawberries, strawberry cheesecake chunks, and whip cream. This somehow got the Lyric rate of 6/10, but it gets the 10/10 from me.

If you have yet, go check out Slim Chickens. If you have had Slim Chickens, let us know what you think about it in the comments! As always thank you for spending apart of your Friday with the Mid-American Crew and I. Stay tuned for more fresh daily content.

DP Dough: A One-Visit Analysis

DP Dough is a restaurant chain specializing in not pizza, but calzones. I had it once before, but recently I decided to try it again to really decide how it is (also Taste of Asia was too expensive). Continue reading “DP Dough: A One-Visit Analysis”

Waffle House: My First Impressions

This week, the staff at Mid-American Culture was tasked with reviewing a restaurant with which we had little or no experience. I decided to write about the enigmatic Waffle House. I also tweaked the title everyone else is using a little bit to include this piece in  my “My First Impressions” series (because why not?). For the vast majority of my life, I was part of the significant minority of people who had never had Waffle House. People around me had always told me that it is a brilliant eating establishment, but for whatever reason, I never made time to try it. That is, until recently. To be fair, I went once as a small child but I have little to no memory of it and I couldn’t remember what I had or if I liked it. However, I consider the trip I made a few months ago to be my first true visit. I went with a friend from my work who was flabbergasted at the thought of a 20 year old who had never really had a Waffle House experience. I am eternally grateful to her for putting me on to the magical wonder that is Waffle House.

menu

During my first visit, my friend recommended to me that I try the chocolate chip waffles. This will undoubtedly be my go-to order moving forward. These are, without a doubt, some of the best waffles I have ever had. I am still a pancake guy to the core, but I can still respect a good waffle. That experience was very pleasant, but it left something to be desired because I didn’t truly get the full Waffle House experience. For that, I feel you have to go late at night and order one of their sensational side options. It was during my most recent visit that I really got that experience.

While driving to Tennessee for my recent vacation (check out my piece on that vacation here), we stopped at a Waffle House after a long day of being stuck in the car. It was approximately 11 p.m. There was only one other group in the restaurant and they looked exactly like what you would expect the late-night Waffle House crowd to look like.  The atmosphere was perfect. I ordered my staple chocolate chip waffles and also added an order of country ham. This was one of the best food-related decisions I have made in a very long time. The ham was great and the waffles never disappoint. I also sampled some of my mom’s hash browns and those were immaculate. I will most definitely order those on my next trip. Everyone in my family loved the Waffle House visit. The service was very prompt, the staff was surprisingly friendly given the late hour at which we were there, and the food was great.

Overall, I loved my first Waffle House experiences. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it before. In the words of some tweet I saw on twitter a few months ago, “it isn’t a Waffle House. It’s a Waffle Home”. That sums it up perfectly. I hope to go back to my Waffle Home very soon.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the rest of the Mid-American Culture restaurant reviews this week!

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Kustom Kreams: A One-Visit Analysis

Ever since I first saw rolled ice cream on a Facebook video a long time ago, I always thought it would be a neat thing to try. Thankfully, a rolled ice cream establishment opened up in Huntington recently, and I finally decided to give it a visit.

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Skull Creek Dockside Restaurant: A one-visit analysis

The MAC Crew held a “contest” of sorts and @caedwards99 won. All week long we’re serving up restaurant reviews and Guitar Hero Anthems! I hope everyone enjoys!

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