This is not my first trip to White Fence Farm. I'm kind of an addict, but we don't get to go very often since it's one heck of a drive south for us (about 45 minutes). When we do go, it's very much worth the trek!
The first thing you'll notice is that it's on a larger plot of land. After parking (or maybe even during), you may notice that the building is fairly large... well, like Whovians say about the TARDIS, "it's bigger on the inside". There's a big rooster by the front entrance - so you'll know where to go.
Me and the rooster...
When you go through the doors, you'll notice a large room to your left and a check-in desk to your right. The room to the left has a couple of miniature museum rooms (which are pretty cool) - it also has a bunch of old machines in it - most of which work (there is an occasional one down). My favorite is the old crane machine. The person at the check-in desk will direct you to the middle room, which used to be overflowing with people waiting to get into any spot in any room (and all the many large rooms were open and busy). I find I usually end up getting placed into the "frontier" room, which is one of my favorites. At this point, you'll really start to notice what I meant by "bigger on the inside" - this place is huge!
After sitting down, they'll give you a menu... but if you're like me, you won't need it! "The chicken meal, dark meat." The relishes consist of coleslaw (I usually don' like vinegar-based coleslaw, but this one is pretty good), pickled beets, cottage cheese, kidney bean salad (oh yes yum) and last, but definitely not least (the winner of the lot!) - CORN FRITTERS! Fresh fried and rolled in powdered sugar, these babies are soft but ever-so-slightly crispy on the outside - making these puppies one of the reasons we go! You can also order these by the dozen during carryout or at the end of your meal.
It's perfectly cool to start filling up on relishes! The sides are unlimited - and the chicken is really good reheated at home. DEFINITELY try the chicken at the table when it first comes out, though - so delicious.
Next, the chicken:
You can't say "no" this chicken.
Just look at it.
Taken from their website:
Fresh, never frozen chickens arrive daily to be coated with our closely guarded secret recipe for breading, milled exclusively for us in Chicago. The chicken is pressure cooked thoroughly before being flash fried for only 3 minutes. Delivered immediately to your table, always hot, golden, crispy, and delicious.
Sounds about right to me! The coating is thinner than most chicken joints, but the flavor is much better (and yes I like other chicken joints).
Whelp, I'm full.
Two dozen corn fritters to go, please!