We have a variety of cuisines from around the world: Cuban, Indian, Mexican, Italian.
But there’s just something about good Southern comfort food that feeds the soul – at least for me. And that’s the kind of food Tim Otis serves at FKS Kitchen, located at 2333 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Murfreesboro.
In late 2021, Otis revamped his ever-changing menu repertoire and opened FKS Kitchen. The FKS stands for fork, knife, spoon.
It’s a fast and casual dining experience. You will therefore be queuing to place your order. Then wait to be served. You can also pre-order at FKSKitchen.com and third-party delivery is available at HometownDelivery.org.
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The dining room is small. Lots of hard surfaces, where it’s a bit hard to hear. But the staff members are friendly and the menu meets the requirements of a solid meat dinner and three.
Menu: The Verdict
Let me preface this review by saying that I am a genuine southern girl whose father got himself a huge garden and my mother home cooked everything he grew. My culinary tastes regarding Southern dishes have been shaped by these things.
My lunch partner — whose mother didn’t cook a range of Southern foods — was a 17-year-old whose palate is limited to comfort foods like burgers, fried chicken, pizza and wings. (He’s also a wings and fried chicken snob.)
His order was fried chicken (breast and wing), macaroni and cheese and green beans. He liked his meal so much he went back and bought a second helping of chicken and mac. He also marveled at the sweet cornbread.
I managed to sneak a few bites out of the fried chicken, and it’s fantastic: crispy with a little kick, and the chicken meat was super juicy. My husband and I have also had fish before, and it is just as fresh and tasty – the emphasis is on freshness.
I wasn’t a fan of green beans, though, because I’m more of a Blue Lake green bean girl (like my dad grew up).
My plate included seasoned cabbage, pinto beans, fried okra, and meatloaf with a yeast bun. Fried okra is legit. I could have eaten three servings. The cabbage was well flavored, but sweeter than I like. The pintos were good too, but I only had taste. If you serve beans at my house, you need a real chow-chow.
Now on to the meatloaf. It was hearty and better than my mom’s. It’s also gluten-free, so that’s a plus, and Otis uses 90% lean ground beef. There is no red sauce like you normally see on meatloaf. But Otis said you could ask for it separately.
The surprise of the day was the banana pudding. It wasn’t like my dad’s, but it was very good. It has a little extra flavoring that I can’t really put my finger on – no nutmeg, maybe some rum flavoring. I will eventually understand.
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In addition to our plates, you’ll find pork chops, pulled pork, sweet potatoes and mash, baked chicken and a rotating menu of specials added daily. Otis has a plethora of ideas he likes to come up with.
I also found out that FKS Kitchen is also a “ghost kitchen” for Otis’ new venture, Krunk Kitchen. Krunk Kitchen’s menu focuses on wings, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, and “accessories” like fries and onion rings.
Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Online ordering and more catering information is available at fkskitchen.com/ and by calling 615-410-3695. You can follow daily promotions and announcements on FKS Kitchen’s Facebook.
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