I love roasted chicken and I am a total sucker for a well named resturant, so Kluck U on N Broadway Ave in Lakeview succeeded on attracting me though both counts. While we are at names, others I would like to see are French fast food outlets selling frogs legs and snails, maybe called “Just Croaked” and “Too Slow”.
So anyhow Kluck U is a small little place advertising itself simply as selling “All Natural Roasted Chicken”.
The main options are 1/4 dark or 1/4 white, a half chicken which was a bit of both, or a whole chicken. Everytime I get chicken in Chicago I think of that scene in Blues Brothers when Jake and Elwood go looking for Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy
Mrs. Murphy: May I help you boys?
Elwood: You got any white bread?
Mrs. Murphy: Yes.
Elwood: I’ll have some toasted white bread please.
Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that toast, honey?
Elwood: No ma’am, dry.
[Mrs. Murphy gives him a look, then turns to Jake]
Jake: Got any fried chicken?
Mrs. Murphy: Best damn chicken in the state.
Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke.
Elwood: And some dry white toast please.
Mrs. Murphy: Y’all want anything to drink with that?
Elwood: No ma’am.
Jake: A Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: Be up in a minute
Anyhow, I just got the half chicken which came with Texas Toast and a choice of Kluck-N Sauces of which I chose a Garlic Parmesan, and a coke for just about $8
It was a pretty big portion and it was piping hot. I really wanted to rip chunks of chicken off the bones and dip them into the sauce, but it was almost too hot to pick up so I had to use a knife and fork. Still one good thing that it slowed me down and meant that I could not greedily gobble it down too quickly. The parmesan garlic dipping sauce was really good, ‘it was money’ as Guy Fieri might say. The skin was nice and crispy and the meat itself especially the dark meat was moist and juicy falling off the bone.
Overall I liked it, it was too much for one to eat (I did though) and I am torn as to whether I liked it more than Chicken Hut, having said that this was roasted and Chicken Hut is grilled over coals, so I dont really have to choose between them as that is like choosing between apples and oranges in the chicken world.
Best of all I didn’t upset Mrs Murphy
“…this is my restaurant, and you two are just gonna walk right out that door without your dry white toast, without your four fried chickens, and without Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy!”
Kluck U is located at 2931 N Broadway Ave (between Oakdale Ave & Wellington Ave) and the closest el stop transit is the Wellington (Brown Line, Purple Line)