Belle’s Hot Chicken

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Time for some more fried chicken goodness. This week’s flavour: Belle’s Hot Chicken!

This place had been on my list for a long time, but I’d just never quite made it there. It’s got quite a rep as one of the standout chicken joints in the inner north. They immediately made a bad impression with their beer list. Granted, my taste is certainly not the same as your average Fitzroy local. But, Coopers Pale Ale or Kronenburg on tap, and then Melbourne Bitter and Pabst Blue Ribbon in cans. Can you please tell me why there is not enough demand in this place to stock one decent beer?

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The chicken eased the tension somewhat. A deliciously crisp coating of spiced flour was incredibly satisfying. Perhaps a little too close to KFC flavour for my liking, but it certainly does bring back some childhood memories of how fried chicken should be. A lifetime of visiting the Colonel has taught me to expect a soggy, greasy mess. Not the case at Belle’s. The classic slice of white bread on the base made sure the integrity of the crisp coating was maintained properly by soaking up any excess grease,

Chips; nothing to write home about. Pickles; delicious. Mississippi Comeback sauce; wasn’t a standout. In all a satisfying experience, although I could not help but wonder if my trip north of the river could have been better spent on some of the other fine establishments in this area. If I lived around the corner, I’d be happy to pop in every now and then. But as a destination, I say don’t bother. No doubt this conclusion will not trouble them in the slightest…

Belle's Hot Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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