What: The Buttermilk Fried Jidori Chicken
Where: King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
How much: $24
Contact: 760-866-6180; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings/kings-highway
Why: It’s a mouth-watering, nuanced delight.
And now, here’s a little glimpse at how the sausage is made. (“The sausage,” in this case, means “food journalism.”)
Not too long ago, the King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club invited media folks to a family-style tasting of a bunch of stuff on the restaurant’s new menu, which was developed with the help of the people at the renowned Five Leaves restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The food, as one would expect, was tasty across the board. (After all, the kitchen is most definitely going to be on its “A” game when feeding a bunch of writers and reporters.) However, two dishes really got my attention: The shepherd’s pie, and the fried chicken. Well, on subsequent visits to the Ace (the Independent has a contingent there most Monday nights for trivia, for the record), I decided see if the food I received as a regular ol’ customer matched the food I received as a vaunted member of the media. (Please, no snickering at that last statement.)
Upon further review, the shepherd’s pie was indeed very good—but the fried chicken was out of freaking sight.
I want this fried chicken all the time now. Jidori chickens are a trendy, free-range sort of bird known for their yumminess—and this chicken is indeed juicy and delicious. However, the coating/skin is important, too: It’s sweet from honey, spicy from habañero, and splendidly crispy as a result of the talents of the folks in the King’s Highway kitchen.
My mouth is watering as I write this. Your mouth should be watering as you read this. This chicken is that good.