The Local Taphouse

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Hollywood and The Chick were heading for a Foster The People gig in St Kilda and were keen for a hearty meal at one of Hollywood’s favorite bars, The Local Taphouse. Little did they know, they were up for a Melbourne Fried Chicken crispy adventure.

The Local Taphouse has been a beer institute and has been labeled as “the best beer bar in the land”. The Taphouse has wood panels and beer memorabilia that create a warm and welcoming traditional pub feel reminiscent of a vintage 1930s European beer tavern.

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We were surprised to find Southern Fried Chicken on their menu so we went for it alongside the 3 beef burger and the broccoli side and two cool beers (A pilsner and a wheat beer for The Chick).

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The burger came out as an above average pub burger that came with sinful fries. The broccoli was hot and crisp and just the right side of greens to satisfy The Chick’s healthy requirements.

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The chicken was surprisingly good. It was served in a bucket and consisted of 4 big chicken breast tender pieces that were crispy golden and very steamy, fresh and tasty. The chicken was lightly spiced however when dipped into the chili aioli came out with a lovely kick, yum!

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The Local is an amazing bar with amazing food that gets the stamp of approval from The Chicken Scene.

Hollywood’s Rating: 8/10 Clucks

The Chick’s Rating: 8.5/10 Clucks

The Local Taphouse on Urbanspoon

Homebrew – Rockwell Style

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After attending a master Melbourne Fried Chicken class held at our beloved Rockwell & Sons, we decided to roll our sleeves up and get our hands dirty with some fried chooks of our own.

We started off by brining the chicken. The brine was made of water, salt, thyme, rosemary, garlic, onion, lemon zest, peppercorns and chili flakes. The main ingredient here to take into consideration is the salt. It should be 60g of salt for each 1L of water. Besides that you can throw in whatever you want. Once all the ingredients are combined, bring the brine to boil and then let it cool down. Place in the cut up chicken into the mix and let it brine for 12 hours.

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Next part is the marinating the chicken. Simply cover the chicken pieces with buttermilk and hot sauce and let it marinate for 12 to 24 hours.

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Once done with that, we are ready to dredge and fry. We used peanut oil for the frying and the dredging flour mix contained flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt, ground black pepper, paprika, and chili powder.

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The buttermilk was used to dredge the chicken. The process was chicken into buttermilk, then seasoned flour, then buttermilk, then seasoned flour again then frying. The chicken should be fried for about 8-12 minutes depending on the size of the chicken

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We had so much chicken that we decided to throw a Melbourne Fried Chicken feast for our friends and whipped up some yummy Mac-n-Cheese and greens and viola! We present to you to awesomeness!

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Random Clucks #2

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We are still determined to bring you the latest clucks on the Melbourne Fried Chicken scene. We’ve been out and about and have this to report. Check out this big list of crispy cluckers!

Hot Star

We went back for the crispy fried chicken and it was amazing!

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 Taiwanese Pop Chicken at the Vic Night Market

This was a pleasant surprise, too shame it’s only on for the Vicky night market.

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MoVida At The Airport

This chicken was awesome, and out of all places it clucks at the Melbourne airport. Good stuff! Give it a go.

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Parlour Diner

Yep, they still got it. Greatly spiced chicken tender pieces accompanied by some great spicy sauce. Yummmy!

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Mookji Bar

This Korean joint on Lonsdale st failed to deliver a clucktastic experience. It was more of a miss than a hit for The Chicken Scene. They do offer a wider variety of dishes that might be worth the revisit.

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Rockwell and Sons

Last but not least, Rockwell and Sons never fails to deliver an amazing clucktastic Melbourne Fried Chicken feast!

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With Frying Colours!

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Frying Colours is located on Macaulay Road in Kensington, just a few blocks from the train station. We were led outside our normal Melbourne paddock by our good friend Miss Cruck who had heard they served a golden Fried Chicken that we had to savour.

We were a group of 6, so we enjoyed plenty of dishes from the cute little menu which was laid out by type of animal but that still packed more options than we could try in one sitting.

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The kimchi was served in little jars and not as spicy as we’d hoped. The dumplings were served up hot and fresh, a tasty pre-chicken morsel. The grilled meats were ok, the Super Spicy Cheesy Chicken Sizzle was addictive, but the Fried Chicken stole the show.

We ordered one plain and one sweet & spicy. Can you guess which one the Chick preferred?

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The fried chicken even came with a bucket; for the bones of course! The pieces were small, but not as small as some other Korean style we’d had. Hollywood found the quality of chicken good and they were fresh however lacked a bit of spices. The Chick found them to be more meaty than what she expected. Both Hollywood, The Chick & Co all agreed that the spicy sauce was phenomenal

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Overall, Frying Colors is a good place to get some crispy cluckers if you’re around that area

Hollywood’s Rating: 7/10

The Chick’s Rating: 8/10

Frying Colours on Urbanspoon

Homebrew with Dionis Stars

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We had our clucktastic friends visiting us from the US, home of the original crispy cluckers, and man can they whip up a meal that will get any food lover clucking straight to heaven. Presenting The Cluck General Colonel himself making a huge feast of fried chicken wings, ribs, veggies, and his own homemade hot sauce recipe and his lovely Chiquita presenting her famous guacamole.

Warning: The photos below are gonna send you clucking in a frenzy straight to the deep fryer! Brace yourself

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To finish off the feast we were presented with some awesome bacon and corn bread. Yummmm!!

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Dionis, you are rock stars. Come back and take over our kitchen anytime!

Sweet Mother’s Inn – Wellington Fried Chicken

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Hollywood was away in Wellington on a business trip and Sweet Mother’s Inn was highly recommended by some friends as a great joint to eat at. It was time for Hollywood to compare how Wellington Fried Chicken compares to good ol’ Melbourne Fried Chicken.

Sweet Mother’s Inn is a funky establishment boasting many flavors of The American South. The menu had it all from burgers, to hush puppies, to fried chicken, to mac-n-cheese. The place had a diner seating style and had a great bar too. It was full of cool posters and hangings and had a wide collection of antiques.

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Hollywood being the lone wolf settled for a seat at the bar and ordered the Chicken In A Basket (buttermilk soaked fried chicken with curly fries, coleslaw & BBQ sauce) and a side of Hush Puppies (Cornmeal nuggets of corn kernels, onions & jalapenos served with Louisiana cocktail sauce) along with a Tuatara Pilsner. While he was craving to also go for the mac-n-cheese and the wings he decided to hold off and reward himself with some sweet pie for dessert.

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The food all arrived at once and seemed like a handful. There were four hush puppies and around four pieces of chicken. The hush puppies were a bit dry but the sauce helped smooth them out. They did provide a slightly spicy taste because of the jalapenos.

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The fried chicken came in tender pieces without bones. It was hot and steamy which The Chicken Scene thinks makes a good sign of fresh cooking, thumbs up! The pieces seemed single coated but were nonetheless very crispy and rightly spiced. Hollywood, however, was looking for more of a kick and asked for some hot sauce. He was served three different bottles of hot sauce which was a very good sign that this place knew what they were doing. The curly fries were good, addictive and very moreish.

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To finish off the meal, Hollywood asked for the peanut butter and chocolate crust pie with ice cream. This dessert was very heavenly and was the perfect ending to an amazing culinary experience.

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If you are ever in Wellington, make sure you drop in for a visit to good ol’ Sweet Mother’s Inn, it is definitely worth the visit.

PS: Hollywood did come back for a taste of the burger which was a bit too much to handle but still very very good.

Rating: 7.5/10 Clucks