These two new chicken joints are raising the bar on the causal dining scene here in Atlanta. While their approach to preparing their birds couldn’t be more different, both feature locally sourced ingredients and locally raised, antibiotic free, free-range chicken prepared fresh to order.
Located on Memorial Drive just outside the eclectic East Atlanta Village neighborhood, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand serves up their tubular organic goodness made from her special recipe she has been perfecting over 15 years in the Atlanta food scene. Open from 7 am till 10 pm Sunday thru Thursday and 24 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday Delia’s offers plenty of opportunity enjoy her special creations.
The menu features “breakfast anytime”, an eclectic assortment of chicken sausage sliders, and their signature “Slinger” (a handmade chicken sausage link served on fresh baked Holeman and Finch hoagie rolls). I had the Hot Mess, one of Delia’s famous links with chili, Wild Heaven cheese sauce, jalapenos, and the house “comeback” sauce which is definitely a don’t miss. I also tried “The Hot Chicks”; a trio of three chicken sausages patties sliders including one meatball slider, one sloppy slider (with Wild Heaven cheese sauce, pickled jalapenos, and the “comeback” sauce), and one slaw slider. If you don’t do chicken, that’s ok! Just tell them to “Cluck off” and enjoy their veggie sausage instead.
Across town, on West Decatur Road just down the street from Emory University’s main Campus, owner and visionary Michael Gurevich brings us Seven Hens. His first restaurant venture serves international twists on the classic schnitzel preparation seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
It all starts with the chicken Schnitzel. The birds themselves are locally grown (grain-fed chickens sourced from a free-range farm right here in Georgia!). Then you have some decisions to make, choosing from one of the seven nationally themed preparations. Your choices are the American, the Mexican, The French, the Indian, the Chinese, the Italian, or The Traveler (a build it yourself option). Each option includes some of the cultural specific flavors of its respective nation of origin. Then choose how you want it packaged. You can have your choice of hen in a wrap, on a baguette, over a bed mixed greens, or, if you prefer to use a knife and fork, you can have it as a platter (which is just the Schnitzel on a plate with two of their house-made side dishes). I had the French, which is French seasoned breadcrumbs, lettuce, tomato, onion, Dijon mustard, and an olive tapenade aioli. I chose to have it as a wrap and paired it with a side of the red cabbage Slaw. It was “clucking” delicious!
Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand
489 Moreland Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30316
2140 North Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033
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