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Snow Way I am Chickening Out

This is post number 5 in this year’s Fried Chicken Fest series. This week involved trudging though snow, and three more restaurants.

The Tallest made it through the snow.
I went with delivery from The Tallest Poppy, so that someone else could deal with all the snow.

Two of my orders for this post were from places whose Fried Chicken Fest offering I had tried in previous years: The Tallest Poppy, and Little Goat Food & Drink. My third choice for this post is Fionn MacCool’s Grant Park.

This last couple of days, I’ve tried getting to the restaurants, and the snow clearing efforts of the City of Winnipeg have not made that easy. Nevertheless, I stuck to my guns and enjoyed great fried chicken as a result.

Trekking Through Snow to Little Goat

Wednesday evening I paid a visit to Little Goat. Little Goat is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. Their 2022 Fried Chicken Fest entry is: Which came first, the chicken or the devil?

Devilled egg with fried chicken, sambal honey, lemon ginger cream, crunchy spicy sprinkles, jalapeno cheddar popcorn.

My Little Goat Dish
This photographic quality of the dish didn’t quite survive the trip home through snow.

Despite the presence of Jalapeno spiced popcorn, and crunchy spicy sprinkles, this is not primarily a spicy dish. Instead the bits of spice and heat pop up here and there to complement the rich creaminess of the eggs as well as the crunchiness of the seeds and noodles. Finally the popcorn adds a good, fun touch to the dish.

I don’t know, or care, if this qualifies as Keto, but if you are looking for a wonderful, tasty and filling dish that’s low on carbs, this is a great choice.

Little Goat describes their menu as “French comfort food for all,’ and after expending a great deal of energy getting there and back, it was a delight to sit back, relax and enjoy the pleasure of this meal.

The Tallest Poppy

The Tallest Poppy is another one of my favourite restaurants. You can find my original review of the restaurant over here. This year the Fried Chicken Fest offering is: The Devil and the Deep Blue Cheese

Gochujang-dipped fried chicken smothered in blue cheese crema, pickled apple slaw, and sesame garlic aioli on a potato bun.

The picture for this one is at the top of the post. Now despite a demonic trend in naming dishes( I mean, to paraphrase Martin Luther, “why should the devil have all the good chicken?”) I really liked this sandwich.

I knew before ordering the dish I would most likely enjoy it. Not only is it from The Tallest Poppy, but it contains Blue Cheese. I love Blue Cheese.

The chicken patty has a rich flavour to it, and the breading is good and crisp. The pickled apple adds a vinegary touch, perfectly set off by the Blue Cheese. Did I mention I LOVE BLUE CHEESE.

Oh. Although it has nothing to do with Fried Chicken Fest I also ordered the Biscuits and Gravy. Just because they are awesome.

Biscuits and Gravy from The Tallest Poppy.
The Tallest Poppy’s Biscuits and Gravy are always a great choice.

Since this was a lunch time order, I let the delivery driver tackle the snow.

Fionn MacCool’s Grant Park

Last night as I went up to Fionn MacCool’s I had the added bonus of not only dealing with sidewalks with snow poorly removed, but also lots of wind and blowing snow. This was my first dine-in experience for Fried Chicken Fest, which certainly made up for the having to deal with all the snow business.

Fried Chicken sandwich from Fionn MacCool's
The HiNote Chicken burger. Neither sleet, nor snow, nor unplowed streets would keep me from this.

The Fionn’s entry to Fried Chicken Fest is called the: HiNote Chicken Burger. 

Mongolian fried chicken, Russian dressing, pickled broccoli stems, red chili oil, green beans, and red peppers on a Gunn’s Bakery Ciabatta bun.

This was an aptly named burger for me. As it was Friday evening, the HiNote meant I would start my weekend on a High note(I’ll show myself out).

A couple of things about this being my only dine-in choice. First, this was the crispiest chicken dish I’ve tried all week, in part because it came straight from kitchen to table. Second, the smell of the dish reached me even before it had been placed on the table.

This burger was a good combination of sweet and savoury. The chicken patties were thick and juicy as well as being crunchy.

Like the Little Goat entry, the Fionn’s entry is well worth battling the snow and giant snow windrows to get too.

Of all of this years posts, the three restaurants offered the best combination of dinners from top to bottom.

Now, the only question remains, how much snow do I have to battle over the next two days to finish off Fried Chicken Fest.?

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.