I’m convinced the patio at Preslee’s Southern Good Eatery is the perfect place to take your family.
The first time I dined at Prelee’s, pre-COVID-19 pandemic, the laidback seating of hammocks, swings and lawn chains allowed for the adults to eat and chat in peace while the horde (seven) of children took advantage of the hammocks.
The patio made dining out as a large group with kids easy. There was no stress about keeping the kids at the table and no hurry to leave the restaurant because our table was being noisy.
So before I even got my food the first time around, I decided I’d probably visit Preslee’s again regardless of its food simply because the patio was worth it.
When I got my burger, I decided the food would make me come back, too.
The burger comes with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and onions. Preslee’s has more complicated burgers, but I enjoyed the simplicity of the house burger.
Recently, my dad had the burger from Preslee’s and said it was good, which may not seem like much of a flattering comment, but he also describes food a majority of the time as being “just OK.”
The fried pickles are my sister-in-law’s favorite appetizer, and I love them as well. The pickles are fried in a thick batter, which gives the pickles a nice balance of pickle and breading.
When I dropped into Preslee’s the other day, I sat inside for the first time. I enjoyed the obvious southern feel and chill atmosphere that provided a comfortable place away from the humidity.
I ordered the southern staple chicken fried chicken, which came with a side of mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and Texas toast.
The meal was served on a platter with white gravy poured over. At first glance I knew it was too much food for just me, and I was proved right. It’s definitely a shareable plate.
The chicken fried chicken was thickly battered, a trend I noticed with Preslee’s fried offerings, but still tender on the inside. I liked the breading, which was crunchy rather than flaky. While the gravy was on the thinner side, there was still an abundance of it, which added a peppery flavor.
When I got to the sides I started with the chunky mashed potatoes. The potatoes tasted like sour cream had been added to the mix, and I don’t like that addition to mashed potatoes, so I quickly moved on to the corn on the cob.
The corn on the cob and Texas toast were pretty standard.
Preslee’s Southern Good Eatery
Address: 1430 W. 19th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9p.m. Friday-Saturday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the Show: Chicken fried chicken