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Hot Dish: 42 Fry now open in Greenville

The whiting sandwich from 42 Fry.

The whiting sandwich from 42 Fry.

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Christina Ruotolo
Hot Dish

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

One of my favorite summertime activities is attending cookouts. They have a myriad of tasty food from grilled meats, salads, desserts, and all the other fixings we associate with this event. One of my favorite things to serve at a cookout is seafood in any form from grilled, marinated to fried.

If you love this type of food just as much as I do, but don’t want to get hot sitting outside or drag out the grill and charcoal, then head over to the new restaurant 42 Fry at 3109 E. 10 St., Suite A, in Greenville, right in front of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. It’s conveniently located to East Carolina University’s campus, on the bus route and has plenty of parking.

Anthony and Antwan Adams are not only the co-owners of 42 Fry, but brothers and Greenville natives. They grew up in Greenville, attended J.H. Rose High School, and both went on to play football for ECU from 1999 to 2002.

They opened the first 42 Fry last year in Greensboro where Antwan currently lives but they wanted to open another one here in Greenville bringing home the tastes and flavors they grew up with here in the South. The brothers bleed purple and gold so opening up a store here was always part of the plan as a way to bring their food to Pirate fans and eastern North Carolina.

They describe their food as good ol’ home-cooked seafood creations with all the seasonings and flavor of the South. “We specialize in soul seafood. We wanted to bring you the delicious food we grew up on served in a fast, yet casual environment. We want you to come in and feel like you just came home for dinner,” Antwan says.

42 Fry serves up in sandwiches, Po Boys, tacos, hots, baskets and dinner plates. You can get all your favorites boneless fishes from whiting, catfish, flounder or tilapia or bone-in croaker. Other options include shrimp and oysters as well as all-beef hotdogs, turkey sausage, smoked sausage, chicken and pork chops. Is your mouth watering yet? Their store has inside and outside seating and a casual and comfortable environment. Come in for a sit-down dinner, grab some take-out or have them cater your next reunion or event.

So now let’s get our grub on. I decided to start my 42 Fry tour by sampling (devouring) one of their most popular sandwiches, the crabmeat n’ shrimp Po Boy. This delicious dreamboat is made with shredded crabmeat and fried shrimp heaped inside a sub roll and slathered with a generous helping of their 42 Fry sauce and a sprinkle of seasoning.

There is nothing “Po” about this sandwich. It is rich in flavor, and the combination of sweet crabmeat, seasoned fried shrimp, creamy sauce with a slight mayo kick and touch of Texas Pete all set between a buttery roll is a touchdown! This sandwich is served with a side and drink for only $12.95.

Side items include fire roasted corn-on-the-cob, collards, green beans, hushpuppies, potato salad, baked beans, sweet potato waffle fries or 42 fries.

Now let’s move onto to some fish options. I sampled the whiting sandwich. Start with five decent sized pieces of fresh whiting that have been breaded in seasoned cornmeal and fried to a crispy golden brown and placed between a soft sesame seeded bun. I selected the handmade coleslaw as my side.

First, let me say I have never been served a fish sandwich that had more than one filet of fish, let alone five. The batter was lightly seasoned and allowed the delicate fresh fish flavor to come through. The coleslaw was tangy and sweet with the traditional vinegar/mayo based sauce, the perfect accent to this sandwich. This dish was $10.55 and I paired mine with a tall glass of sweet iced tea which is the perfect summer drink.

Lastly, I sampled the shrimp and whiting dinner platter. Take that same beautiful five pieces of fried whiting paired with eight jumbo shrimp and serve that with a two-ounce slaw, two large hushpuppies and one side of your choice. I selected the collard greens.

So, you already know how good the fish tastes, now pair that with succulent jumbo fried shrimp dipped in a cool tartar sauce or cocktail sauce and it’s fishtastic (yes, I said that)! The hushpuppies are sweet and soft in the middle and the collard greens were slow cooked with traditional ham hock rendering the rich juices of summer to seep through.

Add on a touch of vinegar if you fancy, but there’s no need because the savory greens were cooked to the right soft bite. This dinner was affordably priced at $14.25.

Some other menu items you’ll definitely want to try are the catfish nuggets, flounder dinner, oyster basket, pork chop sandwich or any number of other seafood delights. And don’t forget about dessert. They serve banana pudding, sweet potato pie or strawberry cake. They also offer daily specials and first responders. Students and faculty receive a 10 percent discount. Just show your ID when ordering to receive the discount.

So forget about doing the cooking yourself, check out the new 42 Fry and let them do the rest. 42 Fry is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. For more information call 252-751-6436 or check out their website http://www.42-fry.com/

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