Stepping into My My Chicken was like stepping into a hipster cool local hangout you would expect to find in a beach town or nestled into some trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn. Well my friends, if you haven’t already noticed, Westerly Parkway Plaza is not Brooklyn. Its not trendy, hipster or cool however, the addition of My My Chicken definitely elevates the shopping center into a location worth turning into.
First the aesthetic: This place has a great vibe – walls decorated with skateboards, most featuring a chicken of some sort. Seating is ample. There is a pick up / take out order area when you first walk in, sharing its space with some classic video arcade games. Sadly, a lot of them were ‘Out of Order’; still cool to look at and for those of us who are old enough, to reminisce about. The larger dine-in area features just about any type of seating you would want; table and chairs, booths, a bar area, and lounge seats by the window. Okay okay, so the place is cool but how is the food you ask?
I have not walked into CC Peppers in 20+ years, but even if you haven’t been there in a while, don’t worry ITS EXACTLY THE SAME. You know that classic aesthetic of green and purple stripes tracing every nook and cranny of its strip mall footprint. The ceiling tiles, once white are now yellow, ceiling diffuser grilles are now coated with years worth of grime and rust. The kitchen, in full view of CC’s patrons, still boasts the classic stainless steel griddle, the long prep bench full of sub toppings, and the best piece of equipment, the fryer. The jar with water at the bottom – begging you to have your try and drop a coin in to see if you can get it into the shot glass nestled at the bottom, is still there. Its classic State College food nostalgia and much like its look, the menu hasn’t changed either. And really that’s a good thing.
Remember when Bagels had a moment? I mean really, there was a bagel shop on each street corner. Then, muffins then donuts. We seem, as a carbohydrate loving culture, to always be in an endless loop of one “it” carb after another. And. Its. Great.
During collage, I worked at Chesapeake Bagel (for those of you who remember located next to CC Pepper / College Buffet near Walmart on North Atherton.) On occasion, I even donned a bagel costume, stood out on North Atherton Street and waved enthusiastically at future bagel buying patrons. Okay, maybe not so enthusiastically, but you know, minimum wage gave only so much motivation.
My last count of Bagel shops in State College include; Irving’s (which when it first opened was called Irving’s Bagels), and Bagel Crust. Panera has bagels, and I suppose bagels can be purchased at Dunkin Donuts . But why go to Dunkin to get a bagel? This brings the bagel shop count up to a solid three (four if you through in Dunkin’) BTW the current count of donut shops in this area is six, No official ‘muffin only’ shop, I’m not sure those even exist. The only one I knew of was the Top of the Muffin shop in Seinfeld.