Sometimes only fried chicken will do and that’s where V’s Kitchen comes into play. Located in RTP, I had yet to find a good Southern eatery within lunch range of my office. I had seen V’s Kitchen from the outside but the mirrored windows hid what lay inside. But of course, hunger and curiosity usually gets the best of me so it was finally time for a lunch visit to this classic Southern eatery!
I stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon and inside V’s Kitchen it was a pleasant surprise. Clean but casual, two menus up front show off the delicious eats offered and it’s counter order. V’s Kitchen has a short menu with fried chicken, ribs, burgers and a slew of Southern sides. I go for the fried chicken dinner which comes with 2 sides and cornbread. It also looks like V’s Kitchen does some catering in the area if you need to feed a group! I grab my number, self-service my drink and find a table. It’s a small dining room with tiled floor, some four-tops and a couple of padded booths, very comfortable. V’s Kitchen sports some artwork on the walls that’s for sale, a nice touch.
It doesn’t take too long at all (10 minutes) and my food comes out. Served in multiple plates and dishes, there’s a lot to please the eye! Some good looking sweet potato “fluff” or what I call mashed. Some collards, a lovely corner of cornbread and two pieces of dark meat chicken fried (drum and thigh). As usual, I dive into the sides. Love the sweet potatoes which are well mashed, light and sweetened, great texture here. The collards are solid and spiked with some meat, thankfully they aren’t over-cooked. And the cornbread is nearly perfect. Slightly moist with a hint of sweet and pliable.
But of course this meal is all about the fried chicken and it is ON the money. Super juicy, perfectly fried with a basic flour coating with just the right amount of salt. Biting through the crisp, lightly bubbled crust and into the tender chicken underneath is a wonderful experience. Very nicely done, V! Service is fine here and totally works for a quick lunch if you work in the RTP area. So what can I say but V’s Kitchen was totally worth the visit. It offers lovely, classic Southern eats to fill your basic needs in a comfortable setting. And if you love good fried chicken, then you definitely need to stop in for a meal…
2945 S Miami Boulevard
Durham, NC 27703