Posts Tagged ‘Broasted Chicken’

The Chicken Hut in Belmont was and is one of my favourite places to eat at in Chicago. It is not fancy in any way, shape, or form, but it is very real and it is very honest. When I lived in the city I would come here every other week just to eat their Chicken plates, sometimes with rice and salsa, sometime with mash and gravy.

The key thing is that you can see the Chickens grilling away on the charcoal grill when you walk in, They have a constant stream of chicken flowing on to and off of that grill. When you order they spear one off the grill. It isn’t sitting waiting in some sort of warmer, it is there waiting on the coals for you as you walk in. Love it, love it A LOT.

On this latest trip back to Chicago I opted for the half chicken with a side of mash and gravy. There is a pot of spicy tomato relish to one side, and a couple of bits of pita bread too (just in case).

It doesn’t look that big in the picture, but trust me you get a LOT of chicken. My half was chopped into three bits, so I had the Breast on the bone, a leg and a wing piece to work my way through. The Chicken itself it really good, it is all pretty juicy as it comes fresh from that grill. I will be honest and say that the breast can be a bit less moist that the dark meat, but that is to be expected when you chop up the bird.

So Chicken Hut is located at 3200 N. Broadway on Belmont and Broadway

If you head towards the lake from the Belmont El Stop and keep on walking you will find this place 🙂

It is really a fantastic simple and humble spot!

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This time last year I was fighting my way through snowpocalypse on my way to Chicago and a new stage in my life. Flashback a couple of weeks to that brief  little attempt at winter and I was out soaking up the freeze. Boy was it cold at the beach and what more does one need after a brisk cold (perhaps foolish) walk along the shore?

Some hot and probably somewhat unhealthy food that hits the spot sounds like a plan.

Jakes pup in the ruf seemed like it was worth a try, not just because of the copious cartoonesque characatures lining the window.

I think it was the statement that “Only a rooster gets a better piece of chicken!” that pulled me in.

Inside it was a strange affair, again great cartoon art, and the clientele? I thought that I was on the set of “Cocoon meets Grumpy Old men”. In all seriousness this was worth the ‘entrance fee’ alone (if there was one that is). “Your not talking to me today eh? well you’ll be dead soon so how about that huh?” was the classic line of the day. Hopefully it wasn’t the food as I did notice that he also was eating the broasted chicken.

At first although the ‘broasted chicken’ had drawn me in, I was unsure. Standing at the counter it all looked a bit dried up, but in fact when I bit into it I got the message, broasted seemed to be equal to roasted then deep fried, or maybe grilled then deep fried, or something similar. This was a seriously large meal three large bits of chicken, fries, a whole corn on the cob, bread and plantain, all for $6.19, heart attack and expanding belly extra, bring your own comfy pants.

Jakes advertisers itself as a ‘Chicken Eaters Paradise’  and it is family owned and operated. It has been there since 1959 which is practically ye olden times in the USA.

Located at 4401 N Sheridan Rd, (between Agatite Ave & Montrose Ave) , Chicago, IL 60640. You can get here by walking miles in the snow or alternatively take the red line to Wilson and walk west one block, or get the CTA 78 Montrose to Wilson Bus and get off right outside.

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