One of the signature dishes at the new Shoo-Fly Diner in Belvedere Square is the fried-chicken supper, a cut-up half chicken with a bonus part—a chicken foot.
You are not warned ahead of time. You just sort of discover it.
As I poked around my plate, I kept coming upon a crispy chicken piece with talons, pictured left. When questioned, my server affirmed the anatomy and said the restaurant likes to use all the parts of an animal.
Some people like to chew on it, she added.
I know chicken feet are an Asian delicacy and can be found on dim-sum carts. But I wasn't expecting to find the claw amid the more recognizable chicken pieces in a diner-like setting.
The chicken ($24), served in a cast-iron skillet, pictured above, also comes with braised greens, cornbread, and pepper gravy. It was down-home delicious, though I didn't nibble on the foot.
Maybe next time.