There’s nothing quite like fried chicken. Whether you’re attracted to the crispy golden coating or the satisfying crunch that accompanies each bite, there’s no denying it. There’s just something special about poultry that’s been hand-rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. It’s no wonder that fried chicken is a favourite amongst Melbourne restaurant goers.
For this week’s blog we’re going to take a look at some of the best places to get your fried chicken fix in and around the Melbourne area. We guarantee that by the end of this article your mouth will be watering!
Miss Katie’s famous fried chicken and waffles
Miss Katie’s Crab Shack
We don’t know who came up with the idea of combining fried chicken and waffles, but we’re sure glad they did!
Miss Katie’s Crab Shack’s specialty is Southern-style fried chicken, basted for three days in buttermilk and coated in a traditional spice blend. This delectable dish is then served alongside maple-syrup soaked waffles.
It’s an odd combination to be sure, but the flavours complement each other perfectly. The zesty spices fit just right with the sweetness of the waffles. One piece of advice though, grab one of the complimentary bibs before tucking in!
202 Johnston St, Fitzroy, http://www.misskatiescrabshack.com/#1
Gami Korean fried chicken in spicy sauce
Gami Chicken & Beer
While there are lots of great KFC (that’s Korean Fried Chicken) restaurants in the city, Gami stands for its purity of focus. The title says it all. Gami is about two things: chicken and beer.
Servings sizes are large, with both off-the-bone and boneless varieties available. As is the style with Korean fried chicken, you can also have your chicken pieces rolled in a red spicy sauce. It’s a tasty addition but not for those with low-tolerance to chilli.
Combine with a pot of two of the Gami house ale and you’ve got a recipe for a delicious night out with friends.
Various locations around the CBD, http://www.gamichicken.com.au/
Fried and Tasty’s fried chicken comes fresh from the pressure fryer
F.A.T. Fried and Tasty
Unlike other restaurants on this list Fried and Tasty uses a pressure fryer to fry its chicken. This means locking the chicken up tight and pumping in pressure during the frying process to maximise the flavour.
That along with FAT’s secret spice mix makes for some seriously unique and seriously tasty fried chicken. There’s also a selection of sides, which balance out the meal nicely, including favourites like poutine, potato salad, and corn on the cob.
If you feel like going all-out the F.A.T. shakes are also delectable, with Milo, salted caramel, apple crumble, and vanilla malt to choose from.
360 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057, https://www.facebook.com/fatfriedandtasty/
Father’s Office’s Louisiana fried chicken with Creole spiced crumb
Located in the heart of the CBD, Father’s Office is a restaurant and bar styled in the chic of 1920s America. There’s lots to order on the menu, but for our money we can’t go past the Louisiana fried wings.
Father’s wings are tossed in a ‘Creole spiced crumb’ before being shallow fried and served with chipotle mayonnaise and fries. The flavours pop and the coating has just the right amount crunch. It’s a joy to behold.
Portion sizes are generous, but if you’re a big (and I mean big) eater, they do all-you-can-eat wings every Wednesday for 22 bucks. This makes Father’s Office a good choice for mid-week dinner and drinks.
249 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, http://fathersoffice.com.au/
Wednesdays are Fried Chicken days at Rockwell and Sons
Rockwell and Sons
We couldn’t write an article about the best fried chicken in Melbourne without mentioning Rockwell and Sons. This restaurant may only do fried chicken on Wednesdays, but that’s more than enough to make an impact.
Rockwell and Sons brine their chickens (whole) for three days before cooking. This combined with Myrtleford Butter Factory buttermilk and a unique mixture of Southern spices makes for properly crispy and golden fried chicken.
Sides alternate from week to week but often include mac’n’cheese, potato salad, and homemade pickles. Be sure to call ahead though, bookings are required for Fried Chicken Wednesdays.
288 Smith St, Collingwood, http://www.rockwellandsons.com.au/
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