There’s no doubt Skipper John’s is a popular dive. We came on a Monday night, at about 6 p.m.
In the hour we waited for our large order, the door was constantly in action, even though there’s a KFC just up the street.
There are a few things you need to know before you visit Skipper John’s, just off the charming downtown Perry area.
First, they only take cash. Second, there’s no place to sit unless you want to eat outside next to the dumpster.
So, plan to take it home or find a nice picnic spot. Finally, there’s only one person frying everything up and it’s all made to order, so place your order by phone and come pick it up when they tell you to.
The name Skipper John’s might make you think it’s all seafood, but they are famous for their fried chicken.
In my opinion, both the chicken and fish were pretty similar in quality and taste.
They use the same batter and seasoning for both, so it’s really just a matter of which meat you like better.
The two fish choices are catfish and whiting. The whiting is considerably cheaper.
The Family Fish Tray, enough for six people, is $24 for whiting and $32 for catfish.
Popcorn shrimp also are available for $6.99 for lunch or $8.99 for dinner, but it was fairly ordinary.
The hush puppies were more flour-y and less corn meal-y than the usual, but they were good.
The chicken starts at $6.20 for four mixed pieces and goes to $28 for 20 mixed pieces. All white is a couple of dollars higher.
You can get individual pieces for about $1.50 or breasts for $2.75 each. A two-piece meal with roll is about $5.
They also have lots of fried sides such as corn nuggets, fried pickle spears, apple sticks, cheese sticks, jalepeno poppers and fried mushrooms.
Their seasoned fries were pretty good, but after we ordered I heard most people order the plain fries. Unfried sides include potato salad and homemade slaw.
This is definitely not a place to eat for the health-conscious, but it certainly seemed to be at least a weekly habit for everyone who came in during our visit.
Online reviews rave about the chicken, which we thought was just OK, so I’m wondering if our large order threw things off.
If you’re in or around Perry and hankerin’ for some fried food, give Skipper John’s a try.
This many locals can’t be wrong.
Address: 1210 Macon Road, Perry
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $5.55-$9.39
Rating: 2.5 stars