I came here with a significant quandary: a fried chicken adventure at a place that also sells a beef burger. Not just any burger, but an acclaimed number that recently scored the #3 spot in a well known top 10. More importantly, I am yet to try this burger! And it does look like a fine burger. But, alas this was a fried chicken night and I stuck with the plan.
Juanita Peaches is part of the group that also makes All Day Donuts and runs the Taco Truck food trucks. The fried chicken at Juanita Peaches is the most recent addition to their range of casual eating brands. True to form, it offers plenty of hipster appeal, whilst sticking faithfully to the southern fried chicken theme.
There is little here that would surprise you. This is a good thing. They focus on doing the traditional stuff… well. I feel that my first rule of fried chicken should be a relatively obvious one: only order fried chicken. To clarify, this does mean that no fried chicken burgers are allowed – at least on the first visit.
Here we have the 2 piece box, served with slaw, fries and sauce. The pickled chili was a nice touch; and a spicy little number. Slaw was, and always is, a perfect accompaniment to fried chicken. This one was not drowned in mayo, and was subtle enough to let the chicken shine. And that chicken was pretty damn good, if you ask me! Crispy, tender, flavourful, with a nice greasy residue left on my fingers to lick off joyously. Not a real fan of breast meat when it comes to this delicacy though. Ends up being a little dry and stringy. Would love to have slightly more spice in the flour on the chicken – I crave the spicy chicken.
The added bonus of a couple of well known quality craft beers to the menu sealed the deal for me. A great, casual fried chicken experience that really hit the spot for me. Now, to plan my next visit for the beef burger…