From the moment I entered The Carolina Kitchen, I felt as though I was visiting a familiar place. The restaurant is extremely welcoming. It smells like home cooked meals, the music is EVERYTHING. I dance in my seat each time I visit. I like each. Song. played. No DJ is needed. Take a look at what Carolina Kitchen says about itself on its website:
The Carolina Kitchen is the most amazing and popular southern cuisine restaurant group; it has a unique charm that appeals to everyone. From the moment one enters, they are transported to another world designed to stimulate the soul and indulge the senses. It was created to offer its guest taste buds an amazing journey through the South. Using only the freshest ingredients to our menu, we combine unique blends of Cajun and Creole spices with traditional and savory home-style cooking. Our customers are the heart and soul of what we do and why we do it. Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to the Carolina Kitchen.
The menu is wonderful. There is so much food, that everyone in your party should be satisfied. There is something for grandparents, grandchildren, and everyone else in between. On my first visit, I knew I would return, because there are so many dishes I would like to try.
Ultimately, I ordered the cornbread muffins as a starter, and catfish tenders appetizer. The cornbread is literally dipped in honey! Be careful not to get full off of cornbread! Just have one….or two. The catfish is seasoned, light, and crisp. Add some hot sauce (which is conveniently located near the candles on each table.)
For the main course, I ordered the Homestyle meal, 3 piece Fried Chicken (breast, thigh, and drumstick) with a side of Macaroni & Cheese, and Collard Greens. Y’all. It was so good. The fried chicken is seasoned well and is served hot and crispy. The Macaroni and Cheese is baked in butter and cheese, and has earned my two thumbs up of approval. It is just gooey goodness. The Collard Greens stopped me in my tracks. I was shocked. I have never in my life tasted Collard Greens like this from a restaurant. I consider myself an excellent cook. After eating just one serving of the Collard Greens, I declared that I never need to cook Collard Greens again. I can just go to The Carolina Kitchen in Hyattsville. WOW. They really are amazing. They are seasoned well with pork, tender, cooked for the proper duration of time. They are even a little spicy.
Guess what? The 3 Piece Fried Chicken dinner with two sides is only $14. Yes, there is no typo. All of that for $14. well. worth. the. price.
As you can tell, I really enjoyed my dinner. Of course I will be back. I have already been there twice in two weeks!
Oh, before I forget. The drinks are good too. Sweet Tea, Lemonade, Arnold Palmer. Sweet tangy, and delicious. The alcoholic drinks are equally as good. A pitcher of Rum Punch is only $25. It is well worth it.
If you are celebrating a birthday, this is the spot for you. The staff will clap and sing “Happy Birthday”, not just any Happy Birthday, but Stevie Wonder’s version of Happy Birthday.
For more information or to reserve a table, visit www.thecarolinakitchen.com
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