I’ve said a few times before that one of my favorite things about YBC is that it gives me the opportunity to discover places that I never knew about right here in Beaver County. We are constantly getting emails from readers recommending different restaurants and businesses around the county, and it has been a real treat to visit as many of them as possible.
In just the past year, I have fallen in love with local businesses like Eric’s Gourmet in New Brighton, Herban Touch Juice Lab in Beaver, The Ball Joint in Beaver Falls, and Two Rivers Olive Oil in Beaver all because people contacted YBC to tell us about them.
But to this day, one of the very first YBC reader recommendations still sticks out as one of the biggest surprises I’ve had in trying out a new place.
Recommending the Mississippi Chicken Shack
It happened just a few months after I launched the site in the fall of 2014. I was working my way through writing about many of my favorite places and hoping that other people would agree.
Then I got a Facebook message from a reader suggesting that I needed to check out a place called “The Chicken Shack” in Beaver Falls because I had no idea what I was missing. “Sounds like fun,” I responded. What the heck, I’m always up for a field trip.
I’ve never been a big fried chicken person, so I didn’t expect much. Which of course, meant that I was destined to be completely blown away. You can read all about that experience here, but the Cliff’s Notes version is that this chicken is the best fried chicken I’ve ever had anywhere. Period.
The New Location
Since my first visit to the Mississippi Chicken Shack is still on of my favorite stories that we’ve published over the years, I tend to reshare it on Facebook from time to time. And on one of those recent shares, someone pointed out that the shack has since moved to a new location.
I’ve been trying pretty hard to stick to my diet, but this was just too good of an opportunity to pass up, so I jumped in the YBC-mobile on Saturday afternoon and set out to find the NEW Chicken Shack.
Luckily, their new location is ridiculously easy to find. They’re now cooking and serving in the building right next door to the Carnegie Free Library on 7th Ave (the main drag) in Beaver Falls. Just go to the library and you can’t miss it.
Inside the New Space
Once I walked inside the new Mississippi Chicken Shack, I could instantly see why they decided to make the move. This new space is GREAT! The dining room is probably more than double the size, and it looks like the kitchen area is a lot more spacious too.
I also noticed that there were more employees and more customers in this new location than I had ever seen in the old location. That means that they are getting busier, which is something that they more than deserve, because…once again…this chicken is unbelievably good!
The Same Great Even Better Chicken
Speaking of that chicken, I ordered the same thing I always order. I got a 2 piece light meat meal, which comes with a breast and a wing. For my two sides, I like the mac and cheese and the mashed potatoes. (Sometimes I get the greens too.) And since I was hungry, I added a thigh to the meal too.
My plan was to write a story about how the chicken in the new location tasted exactly the same as it did in the old location, but to be honest….I thought this was the best chicken yet.
Maybe it was the new environment, or all the other customers I heard raving about the chicken while I was eating mine, but this chicken was somehow even better than I remembered.
Bottom line, if you never ventured out to the Mississippi Chicken Shack when it was hidden behind Subway at the end of Beaver Falls, you still have a chance to right that wrong by heading over to their new location next to the library. You will not be disappointed.