Saturday night after plans fell apart for dining at another restaurant, my friend went home and I decided to go pick up some takeout and head home and watch the hockey game, since I hadn't planned to cook.
Thinking of where to stop, and also still geared up to try something new, I remembered seeing a curious little joint on Blvd. St. Charles at the corner of Pierrefonds Blvd. I first noticed it about a week ago while waiting for a light to change at the intersection. They don't even have a sign out front, but their windows are plastered with stuff about fried chicken.
I drove up and was hesitant as at first it seemed from the outside that the place was empty. Then I noticed a couple at a table eating, so I went in. I was surprised when they both got up and greeted me. Turns out they are the owners/family that operates the place.
Camilo (100% sure I've mangled his name) was welcoming and took the time to explain their menu, not that it's overly complicated (it isn't), but because their approach to chicken is different from others (he wanted to dispel any notion of KFC).
They offer two types of chicken, grilled, which I was told is their specialty and did not try, and fried, which I ordered takeout. Their fried chicken is not breaded. Instead it's rolled in a blend of spices and fried. The result is totally addictive and delicious chicken that has a rich dark crust or "bark" coating the exterior, and is wonderfully juicy and moist on the interior. This is the PERFECT food to kick back, have a cold one, and watch a hockey game with.
The four piece pack clocked in at $11.00, tax incl., and came with slaw, BBQ sauce, and a gargantuan brown bag of home made chips. They don't sell french fries, but rather, home-made potato chips. These are a true enigma. My first experience tasting them was when the owners gave me a free plate on the house to munch on while I waited for my take out order to be prepared. They also provided two dipping sauces for me to sample - their BBQ version, and cilantro/garlic. My first reaction was that the chips themselves were rather bland, but went remarkably well with the dipping sauces. It was a close tie but the cilantro/garlic one was the winner. Later that night, when I returned to the bag of chips after the sauce had been depleted, I found these heretofore "bland" chips to be strangely addictive, and far better than any commercial variety you can buy anywhere.
This is pretty much the type of "hole-in-the-wall" joint that would be a candidate for The Food Network's "Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives". Friendly and family run, this place isn't about the decor, it's about the food, and I will be back....... to try the grilled chicken next time.
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