Battle of the Dishes

Latitude Eight vs. Flo's Kitchen: Baby, Please Satay With Me!

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chicken satay appetizer arrived in about five minutes. An Iron Chef would've blanched at the messy presentation, which basically amounted to a heap of grilled, skewered meat chucked in a pile on a dingy white plate and drenched in sauce. Sigh. But don't let first impressions sway you at Flo's.

We each grabbed a skewer and bit into the meat, only to be surprised by a burst of traditional spices including curry and nutmeg.

"Either I'm really starving or this is incredible," quipped my friend"It's sweet, but not too sugary, which is hard to get with peanut sauce."  

The thick, white meat chicken was tender and perfectly cooked, with a slight char on the outside that made the skin crisp and held in the spices. It was delicious. The peanut sauce was savory, with a nice salty finish and a sweetness comparable to the crust of a creme brulee.

I purposefully downed a couple of chicken bites that didn't have any sauce, just to see if the meat could stand on its own. I was rewarded with spicy, juicy meat that could work just as well served sans sauce atop flavored rice or noodles.

We didn't know what to expect from an Asian restaurant sharing a name with the smart-ass waitress from Mel's Diner, but... well, kiss my grits, the grub was good.

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Wynter Holden
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