Cambridge Brewing Company – A Captain’s Review

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The captain was at MIT and needed some dinner after a long day of study.

A short walk from campus and we found the Cambridge Brewing Company (1 Kendall Sq Bldg 100 Cambridge MA). They had “pickle brined fried chicken” on the menu with mac n cheese and butter beans.

The meal was delivered relatively quickly (within 15 minutes).

The chicken was hot, lightly spicy and quite tasty. I received 2 reasonable size pieces. The coating was crispy.
Mac n Cheese was very cheesey of a medium size and the butter beans were an ideal accompaniment.

Overall a very nice ‘comfort food’ meal, nothing spectacular but not disappointing.

3 clucks out of 5.

Popeye’s (Jordan)

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This review is of a place that I remember as the best fried chicken place in Jordan when I was growing up. So it seemed only fitting to pay homage to it during my visit back home to see how it compares against Melbourne Fried Chicken. I present to you Popeye’s

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The usual go to order for Hollywood is the spicy chicken burger, spicy chicken strips, mashed potatoes with gravy, biscuits and fries

 

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The burger was good, right level of spicy with cheese and some spicy mayo. It was still good, however the bread was a bit too sugary bready, but still good

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The chicken strips were good too, however they couldve been better were they chunkier. This made them a bit more crispy fluffy than meaty.

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The stars of the show are the mashed potatoe with gravy and the biscuits. The gravy is truely amazing peppery goodness. The biscuits are crispy on the outside and buttery and fluffy on the inside. Combining the two with the chicken is a match made in heaven!

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Visiting Popeye’s was a great trip down memory lane. It is fairly good as a fast food fried chicken option in Jordan and I am likely to visit it again

Movida – Sydney Airport

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Another stop for Hollywood in Sydney and with a hunger to conquer it was time to see if Movida Sydney Airport stacked against Melbourne Fried Chicken

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This chicken really looked the look. It was so crispy and inviting and was cooked fresh. It was piping hot and very crunchy. For a second I thought this was heaven

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Unfortunately Movida’s fried chicken wasnt spiced enough and was a bit oily.

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imageMovida at Sydney Airport didnt deliver anything special. It was average and could do with much better spices. We would give this a miss

Hollywood’s Rating: 5/10 Clucks

 

MoVida @ The Airport Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Miss Katie’s Crab Shack

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Hollywood and the Chick and Co went to Miss Katie’s Crab Shack new location in Melbourne CBD.We previously tried their chicken in their Victoria St location and it was generally OK but it was time to check out if their Melbourne Fried Chicken offering has upped its game.

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We ordered a whole lotta things: Fried chicken, crabs, salads, fries, fried tomatoes. We were a bit worried we ordered too much. There was literally no room for the food coming out on our table!

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The chicken came out hot, freshly cooked and steamy. The crispy crunch was definitely there and the spices were present. We really did enjoy the chicken. However they were trumped by the fried green tomatoes.

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imageWhile the chicken was good, there was nothing really that stood out about it. The real stars of Miss Katie’s were the fried tomatoes and the crabs (as the name of the place suggests).

Have the chicken if you are around/there but don’t make a dedicated trip for it

Our Rating: 7/10 Clucks

Miss Katie's Crab Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mr Burger

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Hollywood has been eyeing Mr burger for a while ever since the menu had a Melbourne Fried Chicken burger (AKA Mr. Chicken)

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Unfortunately this burger didn’t impress at all. It was too oily and greasy and didn’t really have any distinctive flavours. Also the cheese sticks were kinda the same (very oily and greasy and the crust was a bit burnt too). This wasn’t a good burger at all. We’ll probably just stick to their normal beef burger and good trucker chips

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Hollywood’s Rating: 3/10 Clucks

Mr Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sweet Mother’s Kitchen – The Comeback with Big S

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Hollywood had another work trip scheduled to Wellington, only this time with his foodie friend Big S. Their first stop was to get a taste of Welly’s fried chicken to see how it compares to Melbourne Fried Chicken. Fortunately, Hollywood knew the big contenders from previous visits, and topping that contender list is Sweet Mother’s Kitchen

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We ended up sharing the burger and the chicken in the basket which came with curly fries and coleslaw.

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The burger was huge and a messy feast but we smashed it nonetheless

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Sweet Mother’s Kitchen has really amazing fried chicken that has a great crunch and full of spices. It is definitely on The Chicken Scene’s list for Wellington.

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Best Friends!