Reintroducing Myself to my Backyard & Fried Chicken

Prices - this oneTroy was aghast. “You’ve never had Price’s Chicken Coop?”

I was ashamed to admit it. I had never had Price’s.

He then turns to my brother, John. “Can you believe your brother hasn’t had Price’s?”

John remarks, “I haven’t had it either”.

Here we were, two Charlotte natives, and we had never eaten at the legendary Price’s Chicken Coop.

Price’s Chicken Coop has been around longer than I have. Located on Camden Street in the Southend area, this Charlotte landmark has been preparing and boxing up deep-fried comfort food since 1962.

People line up from all around to take home all sorts of fried goodies including fish, shrimp, hushpuppies, and of course, their world-famous fried chicken. That’s the real reason people flock (no pun intended) to Price’s.

Troy got me to thinking. Why I haven’t I been to Price’s yet? What has been the barrier between me and one their boxes of fried chicken all these years?

The sad thing is, I don’t have a good answer. I don’t have anything against fried chicken. We’ve always gotten along great.

I don’t have anything against mountains either, but it took me a long time to hike up Crowders Mountain after living here for nearly eight years.

I have a bad habit of taking local landmarks and attractions for granted. I just assume a place like Price’s Chicken Coop will always be around. After all, what’s the rush to go visit? Old Man Crowder is not moving his mountain anytime soon.

It’s not just me. We all do it. The things that are close and convenient to us seem to get neglected. Why? Because we think it will always be there.

Why hang around your backyard when you can explore your neighborhood? Or your city, or your state, or your country? Or even your world?

I haven’t travelled extensively, but I have seen some things in my life. I’ve climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia. I’ve walked down Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I’ve even won a nice chunk of change playing a quarter slot machine in Vegas.

But I’ve ignored some of the notable landmarks and attractions where I live. Why? Because I can visit them tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that.

Or so I think.

You see, I’m not promised tomorrow. And you probably aren’t either.

So here’s my suggestion. You know all those New Year’s Resolutions you made this year about eating healthier and exercising more. Ditch them.

Skip those weekend workouts and take a short road trip to a cool place in your backyard you’ve been neglecting. Leave your calorie calculator behind and try a legendary eatery in your town.

Or do what I’m going to do. Stand in line and reintroduce myself to fried chicken at Price’s Chicken Coop.

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