Y’all already know I’m a born-and-bred southerner. Well, if you know me personally or you’ve been reading the blog for any significant amount of time. For those who weren’t aware, please know I love sweet tea, fried chicken, black-eyed peas (the food, most assuredly not the band), and watermelon. Mmmm, watermelon with salt. Collard greens are not on the menu of favorites, however. But I digress….
When I heard about Shantell’s Cafe in Sanford I quietly asked myself how fast can I get there? (Dang…why hasn’t someone figured out the whole teleportation thang?) Apparently the Orlando Sentinel recently published an article claiming Shantell’s to have the best fried chicken in Central Florida (or something like that), and although my visit was not spurred by said article, I can affirm that in my opinion, it’s actually the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Yup – I said it.
First off, let’s talk about Shantell’s location. It’s settled on a quiet little block just a few away from the bustle of the main street in town. I paid a visit on a Saturday afternoon, and it was not in the least bit busy; they open at noon and my friend and I went shortly after.
(Front Entrance. Courtey of Sanford365.com.)
Once inside, visitors find a charmingly-themed main dining room, with a bar and open-style kitchen. Don’t be fooled, though – this place is deceptively large (there’s another full dining area off to the left of the main dining room). I also hear Shantell frequently hangs out and even meets with patrons. Sadly, she was not around this day.
Here’s a little peek inside:
And now for the deliciousness that was our lunch:
Famous Fried Chicken with Onion Rings
Yes, yes, I opted out of trying the chicken & waffles that were screaming at me from the menu
. But I’m still pretty happy with my dish decision. Guess I just have another reason to go back. :)
My only main complaint about this visit–and hopefully it’s an isolated incident–is the air conditioner was essentially not working. It was HOT. Really hot, and very humid…no doubt fueled by the proximity of the kitchen. It was getting to the point of miserable – nobody wants to be hot and sweaty when they’re eating (I don’t think).
406 S. Sanford Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
All-in-all my tummy and I enjoyed out excursion to Shantell’s in Sanford and will certainly be making a trip back there sometime in the future (A/C working, I pray!).
What about you? Have you ever experience Shantell’s?