River West, Chicago
My first day in Chicago started badly in terms of the amount of meals I was meant to eat, I had woken up late and missed jam for breakfast. Wanting to get a feel for the city I took a walk into town and found Roost (recommended by a fellow blogger) on my way to get the burger from Au Cheval.
Last weekend in NYC I did a shit load of eating, I mean 13 meals in 3 days is an impressive average of full meals while sightseeing, and while I had planned the same this time in Chicago, I was handicapped by having to eat on my own.
The point to that is that I decided to get the 1/4 meal with two sides and a biscuit sandwich with pickles. And further to that calorie laden amount of breakfast fried chicken I also made sure that I got one of each of their spice levels. Herb, spicy and Nashville hot.
I started with the biscuit which was the Nashville hot. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t that hot. I added a mix of honey and more hot sauce to replicate a honey Tabasco which was a good call; the biscuit was amazing as well and the pickles tied it all together. The only thing I didn’t like was the fact the bottom part of the biscuit became an oil soaked sponge. In the end I took it off because it was really greasy.
Out of the 1/4, 1/8 was the spicy coating while the other was the herbs.
The spicy had well rounded flavour and kept the encased chicken juicy but was lacking in a nice crunch. The herb coating was the opposite, it was crunchy but didn’t stick to the chicken that being said it did go well overall. The crumbs also jazzed up an otherwise average Mac n cheese.
My second side was the bread and butter pudding dessert and was the best part of the meal, not to say the chicken wasn’t good, but that pudding, hauntingly amazing.