Also in today’s post, I am going to rank my Fried Chicken Fest meals. As I always say, just because a dish gets a lower ranking, doesn’t mean if wasn’t a good dish, just that I preferred the dishes above it.
Lunchtime Dine in at Smitty’s
The reason I chose Smitty’s to start the weekend off, is that I figured that given the size of the restaurant, it would be fairly easy to get a seat. This turned out to be the case.
The Fried Chicken Fest offering was: Mexi-wings
Twelve (12) of our famous fresh, never frozen Chicken Wings, hand-breaded and then fried to golden perfection. Tossed in a homemade taco seasoning, drizzled with sour cream and topped with green onions. Serve with queso for dipping!
The wings really delivered on the crispy. I generally enjoyed the taco seasoning, although it was a little saltier than I like. The sour cream and the queso added a nice, creamy counterpoint to the crispy wings.
I liked the fact that there was also a bucket for depositing the cleaned off wing bones. A benefit of the dine in experience. Another benefit of dine in is attentive staff.
It wasn’t part of Fried Chicken Fest, but I finished my meal off with a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
Cibo Waterfront Café Dine in
For Saturday Supper, I went to dine in at Cibo Waterfront Café. I used Open Table for the first time to make my reservation. I wasn’t happy with this. Being a single diner Open Table only allowed me to make a reservation at the bar.
The bar is also the staff prep area, so their work conversations were all a part of my dining experience.
Enough about that for now. The Cibo entry was: Arrabiata Chicken Sandwich
Garlic Parmesan Fried Chicken with a spicy arrabiata and pesto aioli topped with a smoked Provolone and hot capiccola, pickled fennel, and arugula.
This was a really good sandwich. The coating was very crispy and the chicken really moist. I really enjoyed the heat in the arriabata and pesto aioli.
Winding Up My Dine In at The Wood Tavern
My final fried chicken dish came from The Wood Tavern in the Norwood Hotel. This was in my old work stomping grounds when I was priest at St. Philip’s. I’ve been here several times, both before and after the renovations.
Crispy buttermilk fried chicken, habanero aioli, pickled butternut squash, lettuce, tomato on a grilled brioche bun.
The sandwich uses crunch in the name, and they made sure they lived up to the name. The coating on this patty delivered crunch in every bite. Unfortunately, as it was the last day of the promotion, they had run out of the pickled butternut squash.
As a result I didn’t get the whole sandwich experience. So, as I come to the end of this post, this sandwich won’t be listed in the rankings. Instead it goes down as an incomplete. A really good incomplete, but incomplete, nonetheless.
2022 Fried Chicken Fest Rankings by restaurant name.
2.) Merchant Kitchen (No. 1 last year)
3.) Fionn MacCool’s
6.) Cibo Waterfront Cafe
8.) Khao House
10.) Shark Club
11.) The Local Pub
12.) Yard Burger
13.) Brazen Hall
14.) Smitty’s Grant and Pembina