Much like its sister resort, Port Orleans French Quarter’s counter service restaurant, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, serves a few dinner-only options on its menu. These dishes include Pot Roast, Jambalaya, Barbecued Rib Dinner, Fried Chicken, Chicken and Rib Combo and a Sustainable Fish. While I grabbed a kids portion to sample the food from Riverside Mill, I planned on ordering an adult meal to bring home. The options were much more interesting to me. I had the intent of ordering the Jambalaya, but upon seeing it, it looked a bit dry and with a small meat-to-rice ratio. Knowing Matt likes Pot Roast, I contemplated it as well, but the dish was just meat that looked like its edges were burnt and no vegetables. I saw the Fried Chicken and it looked really good, so that what I would be bringing home!
I definitely made the right decision ordering the fried chicken. The meal, which cost $9.99, came with two HUGE pieces of chicken breast with the wings attached. I don’t know if they were just out of thigh and leg pieces, but I was surprised. The cast member mentioned the meal came with two pieces, and if that was okay. Um, yeah, I think so. The breading on this chicken has a bit of heat, seeming to come from black pepper and cayenne. The skin was crispy, and the meat was tender. Another thing I noticed was that there was a lot of meat on the bones. I easily made two meals out of just one piece.
The flavor didn’t stop at the chicken, either. The collard greens were fantastic, also providing some cayenne-like heat. While it didn’t have me crying for water, there was a bit of burn that crept up on me. The greens also retained some snap and had a bit of bacon throughout. (Sorry, vegetarians…)
The dirty rice (at least I’m guessing this was their version of it) was heavy on cumin, but I really enjoyed it. It had just enough peppers and onions flecked throughout to add a bit of variety in flavor and texture as well. The grains of rice were also well cooked; they weren’t crunchy and underdone nor overcooked and mushy.
The value of this dish was very impressive, as it easily could be split between two adults. The quality of the food was also fantastic. We stop by Publix on occasion to pick up their fried chicken to bring home, and Matt said this was just as good as theirs. I think I might even go so far as to say it was better simply based on the seasonings, and the pieces seemed a lot meatier. I have a feeling I’ll be swinging by the resort after work to bring this home for us in the future.
If you’re a fried chicken fan, I highly recommend Sassagoula Floatwork’s dinner offering. If you’ve tried it before, let us know what you thought!