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Today, I was craving a chicken bit basket. What is a Chicken Bit Basket, you ask? Is it like popcorn chicken? Is it a nugget? What part of the chicken is the bit? Only Ardmoreites know what a Chicken Bit Basket is and only Ardmoreites know where to get one: Burgers and Fries

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Today, I was craving a chicken bit basket.  What is a Chicken Bit Basket, you ask?  Is it like popcorn chicken?  Is it a nugget?  What part of the chicken is the bit?  Only Ardmoreites know what a Chicken Bit Basket is and only Ardmoreites know where to get one: Burgers and Fries. 


Burgers and Fries, located at 1220 N Washington, has been an Ardmore drive-in for over 30 years.  They serve burgers, assorted basket meals, breakfast, hot dogs, salads, and shakes.  This drive-in has survived many years in a time when people are in constant desire of fast, quick, food.  You can call and order ahead for convenience, but there is something about waiting for your name to be called over the intercom to the entire parking lot that brings a sense of nostalgia.


As a young child, I would spend my summer days at my grandmother’s house with all of my cousins.  We would often walk down to the convenience store, Ard-Mart, for a pizza pocket.  When our parents were extra generous with food money, we would go to Burgers and Fries for chicken bit baskets and burgers.  This basket included fried chunks of chicken breasts, French fries, Texas toast, and creamy white gravy in a cup.  It doesn’t sound fancy at all but the flavors combine to make a very tasty meal.


A lot of popcorn chicken and nuggets that I have had have an extreme amount of batter that makes you feel like you are eating breading with a hint of chicken.  The difference with Burgers and Fries is that the chicken is center stage.  The juicy chicken shines through the thin dark brown breading.  I enjoy the thin cut fries which compliment the fried goodness of the chicken bits.  Then I use the thick piece of toast to sop up the delicious pepper gravy.


This is not a meal for those on a diet or one you should have too often but whenever I want to reminisce about those summer days as I kid, I drive-in and order a Chicken Bit Basket at Burgers and Fries.