Chef Ryan Adams’ Buttermilk restaurant has been open for six months now and I haven’t reviewed it until now. Why? Because I wanted to go back and try a few more things from the menu before I do so.
Now that I have, I’d have to say, the menu items are as good as I remember, and being able to partake in what used to be a monthly indulgence, at any time of the week, (except Mondays when the restaurant is closed) is a HUGE plus.
The menu isn’t large but everything, that I’ve tried, is stellar. For starters, if you’re dining with kids — or not — the Chicken Strips ($7.95) is a perfect appetizer to share, or to eat as a meal. The chicken is marinated in buttermilk, and encased in a beautiful crispy coating. Take a bite, and be met with an initial crunch, followed by a moist, tender interior. Don’t forget the corn bread while you’re at it!
If you’re more of a sandwich person, then the Classic ($8.95) is a good place to start. The chicken breast is given the same treatment as the strips, and served between a bun that Chef Ryan has specifically sourced — after much research — from the east coast. I’m not a huge fan of sandwiches because more often than not, the bread tends to overwhelm the filling. Not here! The chicken is definitely the star in this sandwich, and bite after bite, the bread never takes over.
Smothered Tots ($9.95) is a really delicious, and sinfully delicious item. For one, I love tater tots, and who doesn’t love gravy and an array of pickled vegetables which blankets over the tots. I love the acid from the pickled veggies, lending tartness and cutting the richness of the dish.
You can eat every dish on the menu, but for me, the Bone-in Meals ($10.95/3pcs $17.95/6pcs) is what I am here for. It is Chef Ryan’s signature fried chicken which he served once a month when he had 370 Common. Served with two sides of your choice, corn bread, and sliced pickles, this fried chicken has been one of my favorites for quite some time. Braised Greens are absolutely perfect, while Creamed Corn will please those with a sweeter palate. I used a little of the red seasoning powder on it to help cut some of the sweetness.
Tater Tots are always a great choice, and if you prefer a more refreshing side, get the Vinegar Slaw. Its tart flavors are ideal for those wanting a less heavy side.
Some of the best buttermilk fried chicken six days a week, now that’s music to my ears.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
238 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866