Mr Big Stuff (Not so big after all)

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16 Meyers Pl Melbourne, VIC

Hollywood and some work mates were out for a lunch catch up and it was suggested to try out Mr Big Stuff. After checking out the menu Hollywood was pleased to know that they serve their own version of Melbourne Fried Chicken and it didnt take long before he was all over it.

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We were surprised to find out that the lunch menu was different than the online menu! It was even more disappointing that they had set lunch deals and didnt allow any changes which really sucked. Hollywood ended up ording the fried chicken and waffles which comes with pigs ears in a lettuce wrap and with grilled corn. A Mac-n-cheese order was made on the side as well.

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The biggest disappointment was that the chicken serving wasn’t big at all!! It was just two pieces of fried chicken, one being a small tender piece and the other was a thigh piece.

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To give credit where it is due, the chicken was of good quality and cooked fresh. It was steaming hot and there was a spicy taste towards the end however the breading did fall apart easily and it was single coated and did separate from the skin. The side hot sauce wasn’t hot at all which was another fail! The mac-n-cheese was ok but was a bit runny which isnt to Hollywood’s liking.

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While this joint claims to have “Big Stuff” the biggest thing found was disappointment. There’s really nothing special here and if you are in the city do yourself a favor and skip this place as there are many other places worthwhile to visit.

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Hollywood’s Rating: 5/10 Clucks

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North Carlton Canteen

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1008 Lygon St North Carlton Carlton North VIC 3054

Our friends mentioned to us that they have a Melbourne Fried Chicken burger that is worth reviewing at North Carlton Canteen (NCC) so Hollywood, the Chick and Co decided to head up there for a good Sunday brunch

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NCC’s menu has a wide variety of cafe style dishes and boasts quite a range of burgers however Hollywood had his focus set on the Southern Fried Chicken burger in a brioche that is made of NCC’s special blend of herbs and spices rubbed chicken, house slaw, melting cheese, spicy tomato aioli and hand cut chips

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The fried chicken burger was huge and boasted many spices. It was definitely a generous portioned burger and it was a bit too hot to handle for The Chick however that didnt stop Hollywood from devouring it.

The chicken patty was crispy and heavly spiced with all kinds of flavors which did make the chicken seem overpowering to the rest of the mix. Although the burger was juicy the cheese and aioli flavors were shadowed by the steaming hot chicken. The chicken did seem freshly cooked and was of a good quality and the slaw added a good contrasting flavor.

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North Carlton Canteen is a great cafe to visit with all kinds of menu favorite and specials that keep things fresh. Its definitely worth checking out

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Kong

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599 Church St Richmond, VIC

Kong is Chin Chin’s cousin brought by the same group and boasting many rich Korean, Japanese and American flavors. Hollywood was happy to find out that Kong had Melbourne Fried Chicken offerings in the form of fried chicken wings.

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Kong has both a takeaway and a more elaborate dine in menu. Hollywood opted for the takeaway option and ordered the Korean fried wings with honey, garlic and sesame alongside the famous kimchi and pulled BBQ pork bun.

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Kong’s Korean fried chicken wings are fresh and have a great sweet and savory flavor with a hint of garlic that is truly amazing. The other dishes are also very fresh and tasty.

Hollywood’s Rating (for the fried wings): 8/10 Clucks

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Dude Food Man

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191 Buckley St Essendon, VIC

Hollywood and the boys were in for some mean burgers and they were surprised to find out that The Dude Food Man serves their own crispy flavor of Melbourne Fried Chicken

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We ordered a bunch of burgers with fries and a big bowl of fried chicken wings

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The fried chicken wings were fresh however tasted average. They werent spiced enough and were very salty. The accompanying sauce did add a bit of good flavor. However The Dude Food Man packs in a punch with the greasy yummy burgers which are some of the best out there. Go give it a Go!

Hollywood’s Rating (for the chicken wings): 6/10 Clucks

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MoVida (at the airport)

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SYD: Terminal 2 (After Security) Sydney Airport Sydney, NSW

Hollywood was stranded in Sydney airport because of the Melbourne fog . With enough time to spare before the rescheduled flight back home he decided to take a trip to Movida fried chicken town.

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The order consisted of the Bomba, Croquette and Fried Chicken

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The Bomba and Croquette were really amazing and are to die for. Always a favorite at Movida

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The chicken was very well spiced and the lemon made a great difference. Chicken pieces were so fresh, crunchy and tasty. The bone pieces lacked some of the spices but were still gobbled down in an effort to leave no chicken piece behind.

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If you are ever at Sydney or Melbourne airports and have time to kill, do yourself a favor, skip the junk meals and head straight to Movida. You will not regret it at all.

 

Hollywood’s Rating: 8.5/10 Clucks

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Heaven Sent Fried Chicken – Labor Day Treat

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The Chick was lucky enough to be in the Good Ol’ USofA during the Northern Summer – escaping the worst of the Melbourne winter. And while it crushed her to savor Fried Chicken without Hollywood, it had to be done. Friends “K” and “J Cluck” knew of the best Fried Chicken in Seattle, complete with legal drama and Oprah link.

It all began with Ezell’s Fried Chicken in Lynnwood. Purported to be Oprah’s favorite chicken, and started by Ezell Stephens and Lewis Rudd. Somewhere along the way, Ezell and the rest of the EFC crew split and Ezell started his own chain, branded “Heaven Sent” and using the same breading recipe.

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One of the original founders of Ezell’s

 

The Chick, K and J Cluck had a free day, thanks to the Labor Day holiday and decided to grab a meal before the final scrabble game of the trip.

The menu gives a lot of options for sides and chicken styles. The Chick got the 2 Piece Meal with small sides (Mac n’ Cheese, obviously, and Collared Greens) and a large Soda (Root Beer for nostalgia’s sake).

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We only eat the finest fast food!

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The chicken is made in large batches and it was not a busy day, so our chicken sat under the lamps a bit too long. The biscuits were fluffy and soft, not the KFC style, and a touch sweet. Good for soaking up gravy.

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The sides were pretty good for fast food. The Mac n’ Cheese was gooey and a bit peppery. The collared greens were over cooked, but you gotta have something green to balance out all the carbs and fat!

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Leg and Thigh. Always go for the dark meat.

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The meat was juicy, the breading was thick and the skin was crispy. The coating was flavorful and not too greasy. The skin was the best part as it should be with Fried Chicken.

The Chick isn’t convinced this is the best Fried Chicken in the states, but it is served Fast Food style, so given the price and convenience, this is a recommended stop on your way through Seattle.

Belle’s Hot Chicken

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150-156 Gertrude St Fitzroy, VIC

 

Belle’s Hot Chicken has been highly anticipated by The Chicken Scene ever since news leaked out that Belle’s Diner would be transformed into a Nashville style chicken restaurant. The way the menu is setup was a clear sign that this will be a huge Melbourne Fried Chicken contender.

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The menu is simple yet so dynamic at Belle’s and is based off of a Meat and Heat combination. You get to pick the cut of meat you want (Wings, Tenders, or Dark Meat) and then you get to pick the Heat (Mild, Hot, Very Hot, and Very F***ing Hot). Pure Genius!

Hollywood was a lone wolf for this mission but was really hungry so ended up ordering the tenders with the heat level of Hot, Mac-n-cheese and the fries with a side of blue cheese sauce.

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The chicken came out in a basket with the fries, while the mac-n-cheese came out in a side cup. The chicken consisted of 3 pieces and hot it was. It was freshly cooked, and was steamy and juicy. The spices were really good and factored a lot into the heat level of the chicken. The breading was a single coat of breading but was satisfying. Dipping the chicken into the blue cheese sauce made a winning combo. This chicken was a champion.

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The Mac-N-Cheese was a little bit spicy and was very creamy which was a good combination while the fries were evil good.

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Belle’s Hot Chicken is very well worth it and is one of the best crispy Melbourne Fried Chicken adventures. It is one of the places that has focused solely on the chooks as its main star. We are eager to go back to try different Meat and Heat mixes.

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Hollywood’s Rating: 9.5/10 Clucks

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