If you’re in a fowl mood, we know what’ll cheer you up! Fried chicken is one of man’s greatest inventions and we’ve found Melbourne’s top chicken joints.
The maddening chicken cravings can set in at any time, so it’s important to have a trustworthy outlet to satisfy your late-night lust. In Melbourne, that’s almost certainly Gasometer Hotel, where bar stools are eschewed for plush leather seats and the band room is always blasting. As far as nourishment goes, the ‘Karaage’ is your best bet. Crispy fried chicken ribs with chili mayo. Oh yes. Find out more
“Not just a hotel and local but a happening place chock-a-block with interesting events, such as tonight’s Polish cuisine night, hosted by Pierogi Pierogi. I never imagined there would be such a huge crowd, eating pickled cucumbers and pierogi and knocking back some Wyborowa Vodka! What a fun night, full of nostalgic European music and hearty soups and dumplings!” – starwoman8
On a Budget
This hearty diner takes its cues from the classic truck stops of the USA, as you’ll notice right away if you take the time to admire the splendid truck cabin perched inside. The Popcorn Chicken is a tasty steal at just $6.50, and if you’re still hungry after you’ve scoffed them down, you can follow up with a pair of fresh donuts stuffed with ice cream. Your waistline says no, but your heart says yes. Find out more
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Full of Flavour
A sumptuous blend of Thai and Aussie cuisine makes Magic Mountain soar, and the kitchen’s open from early to late every day of the week. The shrimp-pasted, beer-battered, chilli-slathered, crunchy fried chicken ribs are the stuff of dreams, and they go down real smooth with a tipple or two off the innovative cocktail menu. The ‘D-Day’ and the ‘Gasoline’ are particularly moreish, if we do say so. Find out more
“Magic Mountain Saloon is set on Little Collins in the Paris end of Melbourne CBD. The decor is super trendy and very vibrant and hip. It has the vibrancy of the Thai caf culture and does breakfasts (brunches), lunches and dinners. Established by the people who did Cookie and Toff in Town, they definitely understand the Melbourne drinking culture.” – svchu1
Hearty and Filling
Thanks to its friendly North Carolinian chef, Rockwell and Sons is a restaurant that certainly knows good chicken. In fact, we strongly suspect this is the kind of chicken ol’ Colonel Sanders himself would be proud of. Although you can’t go past the Fried Chicken Sandwich, the really special dish here is the Chicken Skin Crackling with BBQ Salt and Butter Onions. Pure Bliss. Find out more
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Bring a Friend
A spacious haven of refined Southern opulence, Le Bon Ton is definitely the place to bring someone you’re looking impress. The beer garden’s like an outdoor lounge on some reclusive billionaire’s tropical island paradise, and the Southern Style Fried Chicken is lovingly soaked in buttermilk and slathered with cracked pepper white gravy. What part of that doesn’t sound delicious? Find out more