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The Purple Cow in Gautier serves up great gas station cuisine

JULIAN BRUNT/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDThe homemade lasagna was one of two daily specials.
JULIAN BRUNT/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDThe homemade lasagna was one of two daily specials.

If you have any Southern DNA, then on occasion you're fried chicken low light is going to start blinking.

You may try to deny the impulse, you may force yourself to get a nice green salad instead, but what you really want to do is find some place that has good fried chicken, you want to find it fast, and you could care less what the sides are, unless, that is, there is a good biscuit involved.

If you happen to find yourself driving along U.S. 90 in Gautier, and you just might need to fill up with gas as well, then stop in at the Purple Cow, and you will leave satisfied on all counts.

It is a clean well-lighted place, and you can get a candy bar, some aspirin, motor oil, or directions to just about anywhere, but make your way to the back of the store and check out the food counter, and the mounds of fried chicken.

You can't miss the lighted menu board. It's colorful and bright and proclaims all the fried goodness that the Purple Cow serves forth. There is a small selection of things to eat for breakfast, such as empanadas, breakfast burritos and of course fried chicken in a biscuit, and everyone of the six selections is just $1.99. This is not a bad way to go, if you are passing through in the morning, or just happen to be in a serious breakfast mood.

There also is a selection of Cajun-style fried fish that varies in price from $3.99 to $9.99, but for my money, you need to move over to the next column. Here you will find a lovely mix and match menu for chicken and biscuits, from two to four pieces, white meat, or dark meat, and a mix of both. There is also a choice of just chicken, from a few pieces to 25 pieces for a small party. If chicken just doesn't seem right, check out the daily specials. On this day, they were both just $5.99.

The prudent diner might choose a combination, as I did on this visit. A small assortment of wings (just $4.79 for three) and a good, crunchy biscuit along with one of the daily specials. The choice was a healthy portion of homemade lasagna, or an interesting looking carnita tortilla. This a Mexican specialty that involves long-cooked pork, served in a soft tortilla, and garnished with lettuce, tomato and cheese. The sides were yellow rice and green beans. This was a pretty hefty lunch for $11.41, tax and all.

The Purple Cow features Cajun-style fried chicken, always fresh and never frozen, the website promises, and the sides looked pretty good as well, if you want to go that way. Look for red beans and rice, jambalaya, boudin bites (fried of course), and a few more good things to eat. The sides come as part of the meal, and are not priced separately.

So when that moment strikes, and that light is blinking, slid into the Purple Cow and fill up. Every true Southerner deserves a return visit to the food that made Southern food ways famous all over the world.

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