There's a magical little place called The Chicken Hut just off the highway in Rolla, North Dakota. If you find yourself hungry in Rolla, you will probably eat here as it is one of the few restaurants in this small town of population 1,000 (although there is D&B Pizza downtown as well). Here's the plan of attack for enjoying your visit to what I can now call The Hut:
1) Ask a random man on the streets of downtown Rolla for directions. He will call you ma'am. Don't be discouraged. Then he will point you down Main Street to the east side of town.
2) Walk in The Hut and take note of the Ms. Pac-Man arcade game to the left of the entrance. This will be important later.
3) Walk up to the counter and order the four piece fried chicken meal for $8, sharing the meal with a friend. Note the bucket of juneberry ice cream from Pride Dairy in Bottineau in the cooler by the counter. This will also be important later.
4) After ordering, seat yourself in one of the many tables and booths from 1973. Then dig in your purse for a stack of quarters and proceed to the Ms. Pac-Man game (Cruisin' USA is also an option for the more vehicular gamers). Although most people just try to pass each level of Ms. Pac-Man and simply avoid the ghosts, the real secret is to gobble the fruit too. Buku points.
5) After a few rounds of Ms. Pac-Man and a perusal of the Minot Daily newspaper laying on a table nearby, your meal will be served to your table. The chicken is cooked to order, served up crispy and piping hot yet not greasy, sitting on a soft fluffy cloud of French fries and Texas toast (France and Texas? Very international). The coleslaw is the good kind with the big shreds of cabbage - not the little tiny shreds that get all mushy and sloppy in the dressing. Bonus.
6) Grab a dollar out of your purse and purchase a scoop of juneberry ice cream for dessert. Leave happy.
PS - props to my photog friend/co-worker Jamie Vetter for the pics.