LAKEWOOD, Colorado July 12, 2015 – Jus Cookin’s, a restaurant located in Lakewood, Colorado, recently made it to the 75th spot on The Daily Meal’s “America’s 75 Best Fried Chicken Spots” list.
Owner Steve Modlick and his wife Char couldn’t be happier. They’ve owned this restaurant since 2004, and have had a friendly competition with other restaurants in the area who offer more typical Colorado fare – beef. Food & Wine magazine put them 16th on their “America’s 75 Best Food Buys” list, not only for their fried chicken but also for their turkey and mashed potatoes.
Together with other accolades, they’re making a name for themselves as a pretty delicious alternative to that ubiquitous menu item.
Steve, a long-time restauranteur, has been a chef for 27 years. He says his recipe is pretty simple but seems to keep customers happy and coming back for more.
He starts by placing his poultry in brine mixed with black pepper and garlic for a couple of hours. Then he submerges it in an ice bath and gives it an egg wash. This is followed by dredging in flour, breadcrumbs and adding some “secret” seasonings. Next it’s off to the fryer for 4 minutes until golden brown.
They serve their fried chicken with hefty portions of home-made gravy, real mashed potatoes and coleslaw. I found the chicken to be deliciously crispy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. I ate everything on the plate as if it was my last meal and, of course, we never know when that might be.
Their menu isn’t limited to fried chicken. They are also known for comfort foods such as Yankee pot roast, turkey and stuffing as well as meat loaf and sandwiches.
Jus Cookin’ is located in the bright yellow farmhouse-style building at 840 Tabor Street in Lakewood.
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