Raving Madness

Piri Piri Chicken. It’s chicken, only spicy. You say you’ve had spicy chicken before? Okay, what if I told you that this chicken was spiced with not just peppers, but a Portugese-formulated confabulation made from the finest African Birds Eye Peppers? Still not convinced? Me either.

Regardless, Raving Brands is hoping that Atlantans will take to Piri Piri like a duck chicken to marinade. Not satisfied with occupying only every other strip mall in suburban Atlanta, the people that brought you Moe’s, Planet Smoothie, Mama Fu’s, Artuzzi’s and PJ’s Coffee have opened Bonehead’s (or is it plural, like Boneheads?) on Highway 92 in Roswell. Another is opening at the Perimeter soon.

How is it? Based on a single trip this afternoon, I’m going to reserve my absolute verdict and simply say it was not bad at all. I had the skewered shrimp (two sticks – sixteen medium shrimp) with cucumber sauce and a side of rice pilaf. The grilled shrimp were just as I like them, with decent seasoning and just enough char. The cucumber sauce only made it better, though I have to mostly frown at the famed piri piri sauce. Honestly, this sauce was no more exotic than some of the vinegar-based BBQ hot sauces you can find over in the Carolinas. Of course, maybe it is better on the poultry for which it was designed.

But as with every incarnation of Raving Brand restaurant, I wish they would drop their menu prices by about a dollar an item. Moe’s is fair enough, but Artuzzi’s and Mama Fu’s … they’re charging you $8 for $7 or even $6 worth of food. And then dinging you almost $2 for a drink. Not fair to the workin’ man, I tell you. Not fair at all. It’s that kind of pricing that sends a lunching fellow scurrying back to that red-headed harlot on the corner and her cheaper offerings.

2 Comments so far

  1. Artuzzi's fan (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 11:08 am

    Just to let you know, Artuzzi’s is NOT a Raving Brand restaurant, there are only two, and I think the food is a great quality for the price.

  2. Thomas (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 11:29 am

    Thanks for the catch. They just seemed to fit the Raving Brands mold, right down to the decor and menu. However, I still find their prices to be just a touch too high.

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