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HOT: Rockwell and Sons, 288 Smith St, Collingwood

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Hello hump day, hello Fried Chicken Wednesday!

Every Wednesday night American inspired Rockwell and Sons offer a bargain meal that will challenge the Dirty Bird for finger lickin’ value. For $60 you get a whole Southern style fried chicken plus a whole lot of sides that could easily be meals in themselves – fluffy buttermilk biscuits (otherwise known as scones in our vernacular), a big bowl of comforting but rather salty mac ‘n’ cheese, creamy potato salad, coleslaw and minted snow peas and broad beans.

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It’s a meal that must be shared and I’d recommend going with 4 people. I went with 3 people, two of them hungry food bloggers with large appetites, and we still didn’t finish everything. It’s because it’s all very carb heavy – bread AND pasta AND potatoes AND breaded crumbing can fill you up very quickly, not to mention 8-9 pieces of chicken. Imagine eating 3 or more plates of the below photo!

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Is it the best fried chicken in town? Hard to say, as I’ve not eaten a lot of the dish. I did find the crisp crumbing a bit too dry and over-fried though admittedly that’s probably authentic. The meat inside still retained its juiciness but I think the whole offering could be improved with some gravy or barbecue sauce, which may push it past the boundaries of authentic soul food but would counter the dryness a little.

My favourite part of the meal were actually the amazingly light buttermilk biscuits, which would be right at home slathered with cream and jam. Apparently the biscuits lift so well thanks to good buttermilk and building layers through the dough. I wonder if I could just buy them to have for afternoon tea?

Rockwell and Sons also serve more Americana such as burgers, hot dogs and home fries, though I challenge you to eat anything else after the fried chicken.

You will need to pre-book your order by calling 8415 0700 as they only offer a limited number every Wednesday.

Rockwell and Sons, 288 Smith Street, Collingwood 61 3 8415 0700

Monday: 12pm-10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 6pm-10pm
Thursday: 12pm-10pm
Friday: 12pm-11pm
Saturday: 10am-11pm
Sunday: 10am-10pm


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