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Vintage Eats At Rôtisserie Chalet Bar-B-Q

Posted by MP / March 16, 2007

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There's really nothing else like it, and yet it's so familiar. It's the 63 years of history behind it, and the waitress who has been slingin' chicken for 52 of those years â€" she was 14 when she started, talk about familiar faces. It's the wood panelling, making me think of basements I had, or visited, as a teen. Even the location is perfectly nostalgic, seated as it is on the corner of Decarie and Sherbrooke in NDG.

I imagine that the word atmosphere was invented for places like this.

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Looking around I see generations huddled together in too-small booths, or seated around vintage looking tables, enjoying the simple food. It has been stripped bare of anything fancy, it's the essence of dinner. Three things: Chicken â€" dozens, cooked over charcoal in brick ovens, prepared production-line style in a brightly lit, clean kitchen; Potatoes â€" french-fried or baked and ready for ketchup or sour cream; and a toasted, white bread, hamburger bun. Oh, and a spicy and sweet dipping sauce. Mustn't forget the sauce. Drool. This was how dinner was done in 1944, and Chalet Bar-B-Q apparently never saw a reason to change it.

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At one point my two year old daughter leaned over to me and said, “I want more chicken, chicken with slime on it.” I realised then that our need for fatty and juicy chicken must be inborn. A desire for meat and potatoes is ingrained in some of us, and Chalet Bar-B-Q caters to that desire nicely. Vegetarians be warned! There are no vegetables here. Actually, I think there might be some peas on the hot chicken sandwich, but I'm not guaranteeing it. Their menu is short, and fits on the very place mat your plate is sitting on. They do one thing, and they do it very well.

Plus they deliver.

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Chalet Bar-B-Q
5456 Sherbrooke St. West
514-489-7235
Free parking in the back.

Discussion

7 Comments

Hugo / March 16, 2007 at 09:31 am
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thank you for these short segments on local fast food joints. they are great.
rrrobyn / March 16, 2007 at 09:59 am
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i think a desire for meat and potatoes is in my genetic structure as well! i love this place! and yet i have only been once (i tend to go for asian/s-e asian/carribean food over all else it seems) - it was my second and became my last meal of the day. so much food, so much comfort, so good.
John / March 16, 2007 at 10:48 am
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Aw, damn. I mentioned this place yesterday in the blog comments of a Toronto friend as the ideal comfort food that's not made at home. Now you go and wax poetically on the joint. It's a sign. I have to go tonight.
Paul / March 16, 2007 at 11:36 am
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It really is legendary, in NDG at least. And according to the legend they used to pluck the chickens in the basement.
Steve / March 16, 2007 at 07:01 pm
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Err, Addington and Sherbrooke, not Decarie and Sherbrooke. Decarie and Sherbrooke is a gas station, which is almost as greasy.
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