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Wednesday, December 01, 2021
coop chicken
coop chicken

I don’t know about you, but I'm a person who during times of stress can enjoy finding bliss through good ol' Southern food.

The Coop, located on 1620 W University Ave., provides just that for students.  Although this may not be the healthiest place to eat, this food sticks to your ribs and truly puts the comfort in comfort food.

The Coop’s chicken tenders have a nice crispy, fried exterior. However, unlike most chicken tenders, The Coop has just the right mix of flavorings in its fried batter.

I wouldn’t say they're my favorite chicken tenders ever. They’re not extremely unique to the palate like Chick-fil-A’s, but The Coop’s tenders are still at the top of my list.

One of my favorite parts was dipping the tenders in Coop Sauce. From what I’ve heard, Coop Sauce is a mix of ketchup, mayo and a couple of other things -- one of them being quite a bit of cracked pepper, which definitely adds a kick. If you are extremely sensitive to spice, you may not enjoy it, but it does add an enjoyable amount of heat to whatever you're eating.

The best part of The Coop is some of its menu options aren't found at your typical chain restaurant, such as chicken and waffles. Although this item may initially turn off diners who have never tasted it before, this Southern delicacy is a must-try for any adventurous eaters.

The savoriness of the waffles contrast the sweetness of the maple syrup. By far, this is probably one of my favorite dishes at The Coop.

When it comes to side dishes, The Coop isn’t lacking in any way. From onion rings to coleslaw, The Coop has a wide variety of sides. My favorite, though, is its macaroni and cheese. It has just the right amount of butteriness and melted cheese.

If, after all of that, you still have room for dessert, I highly recommend the fried Oreos. Although my experience with fried Oreos at restaurants in the past haven’t been too good, the batter isn’t too heavy and balances the sweetness of the Oreos nicely.

The insides of the Oreos melt, leaving the diner with a melted, gooey mixture of chocolate and Oreo cream. I would recommend splitting this among friends because one order consists of about eight Oreos.

If you ever have a craving for some tried-and-tested comfort food, give The Coop a try! Happy eating!

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