Amaris Jones has worn many hats. The self-described life-style marketing consultant is greatest identified for her skills across the kitchen. She has served as private chef and occasion supervisor for celebrities like Rick Ross and Derek Jeter, however most Miamians got here to know and love her meals at South Avenue, a Motown-inspired restaurant within the Design District.
The restaurant, which specialised in fried rooster and pork-free soul meals, abruptly closed within the spring of 2013. On Fb, Jones posted, “South Avenue is closed…Keep tuned for what’s subsequent.”
She stored busy on the non-public occasion circuit and popped up on the Forge for her “Fried Hen Sundays,” all of the whereas secretly engaged on constructing her personal fried rooster model.
Then 2020 postponed her plans.
“I used to be imagined to signal a lease the week the pandemic closed eating rooms in Miami,” Jones tells New Instances. “The restaurant took a again seat and I had to return to my non-public catering enterprise.”
However when the provide got here to open Chick’N Jones at Time Out Market, she jumped on the likelihood.
The six-month contract permits her the liberty to make any essential tweaks. “We’re understanding the idea. I do know the product’s good, however this offers me a great sense of how the model is working.”
That model is a fast-casual fried rooster idea that provides more healthy choices of conventional Southern favorites.
The menu revolves round Jones’ fried rooster, which is marinated in mustard, herbs, and spices for twenty-four hours. Jones says the 24-hour marination is essential — any much less and the rooster does not tackle sufficient taste. Any longer and the protein breaks down. “Typically in the event you marinate too lengthy, the rooster turns to mush,” Jones says.
The marinated rooster is dredged in flour and allowed to relaxation in a cooler for one more day so the flour can adhere to the pores and skin. Then it is fried to order in rice bran oil. The spice mix is proprietary — Jones will solely say it is her equal to KFC’s secret mix.
The outcome, she guarantees, is fried rooster with a complexity of flavors.
“After I opened South Avenue, individuals had been raving in regards to the flavors. It is actually umami, like when you’ve all these flavors in your palate. It is a well-balanced rooster.”
The recipe relies on the fried rooster Mother used to make.
“My mom would make fried rooster for the household as soon as a month,” Jones recounts. “She’d fry it in a forged iron pot. I modified her recipe a bit, however she loves my model.”
Jones say that month-to-month meal was a “reward” from her mother to the household. “At my home, we ate principally greens — if we had fried rooster, it was a special day.”
The inspiration for Chick’N Jones comes from Hen George, a small restaurant chain that operated in Baltimore within the Eighties. “we might go to KFC or Church’s generally, however for some cause Hen George at all times stood out for me. It was a Black-owned franchise. As I grew older, I realized that there are such a lot of Black entrepreneurs that had been in a position to present for his or her households by making rooster. I need to reclaim that. I need to construct a legacy for my household.”
The rooster at Chick’N Jones is obtainable both in her conventional taste, served with pickled greens and spicy honey mustard, or a Nashville-inspired, scorching honey model that comes with bread and pickles. A four-piece bucket of both prices $17, and a sandwich prices $14.
Jones, who believes in consuming more healthy, additionally provides a wide range of sides which might be, by comparability, “more healthy” than the same old mashed potatoes or fries. “You’ll be able to have your fried rooster and mix it with a kale salad that has roasted crimini mushrooms. It is a good steadiness,” says the chef. Different sides embrace grilled inexperienced tomatoes and vegan collard greens.
If, then again, you are out there for indulgence, Jones has you coated, with an order of spiced loaded fries smothered with Cajun spice, jalapeño, candy onions, and crumbled feta cheese ($12).
Although Chick’N Jones is open until late, Jones says her rooster tends to promote out, particularly on weekends.
Her recommendation: “Attempt to make it early — it is at all times a great time for fried rooster.”
Chick’N Jones at Time Out Market. 601 Drexel Ave., Miami Seashore; 786-753-5388; timeoutmarket.com/miami.Open Wednesday by means of Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m; Friday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday from midday to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from midday to 10 p.m.