Delia’s Chicken Sausage StandJessica | June 28, 2011
I’ve driven by Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand numerous times since its opening a few months ago, but have never been in a food mood during the drive-bys. It seems like I’m either heading to Starlight Six with picnic fare already packed, or to Morelli’s for dessert. So finally Mario and I made a special trip to East Atlanta to see what delicacies could be created with chicken sausage.
The small shop on Moreland Ave is helmed by the brains behind Flying Biscuit Cafe (see the connection? Healthy breakfast…chicken sausage). Inside is little more than a cashier and some non-edible merchandise, so all “dine in” eating has to be done on the tables outside. This could prove difficult once summer gets into full swing. We quickly perused the menu and made our selections: I got the The Grinder
(chicken sausage meatballs, mozzarella, marinara) and Mario had The Naked Slinger (link sausage, “comeback” sauce).
The flavor of the poultry products was of course much more noticeable in Mario’s naked dog. I think many feel that such a lean meat product has to be highly seasoned to be good, and the chicken sausage dog was very herbaceous. Mario really enjoyed it, and liked the H+F
hot dog hoagie bun (though we both thought they could use a good toasting, they were a tad too soft). My chicken meatballs were good too, but most of their flavor was lost beneath the overly generous helping of marinara sauce. I’ve read a lot of complaints about the ability of the buns to hold up to the heavy toppings Delia’s provides, but mine held up pretty well to the end (and wouldn’t enter myself into any speed-eating contests).
Overall, I thought Delia’s was good, but not great. I would definitely like to try more of the menu. Would I make another special trip from Midtown for it? Maybe not. But it might serve as my choice for picnic food at my next Starlight Six movie viewing.