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Poulet Bronzé

Posted by Stefan / September 7, 2010

fried chicken 1.jpgFried chicken is hard to come by in this city. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a derivative sushi/wrap/shawarma joint, but serving up some unapologetically fried chicken seems beyond the capabilities of our grab-and-go restaurateurs. Along with BBQ and decent Mexican food, fried chicken forms the (mostly) absent troika of revered calorie-packed cooking. Done right, it's the perfect take-out food: cheap, satisfying, and surprisingly difficult to replicate at home. Fortunately, Poulet Bronzé comes close to getting it right.

Poulet Bronzé's menu is simple. Fried chicken, and some other stuff that doesn't really matter because, well, they have fried chicken. It comes in a basket on parchment paper. Regular or spicy. You can get a whole bucket of it if you want. They even deliver. And it's open very late. Like, 2 am late. The woman who runs the place is as gruff and dismissive as you'd want her to be, and there are no annoying pseudo-Southern trappings to ruin the whole thing.

The chicken is crispy and moist, and unlike at KFC, there's a decent chance that the meat here came off a real bird. The chicken is halal, which fills me with hope that I'm not eating steroid filled laboratory meat (although my hope may be in vain).

The biggest drawback is the lack of proper sides. No greens, no beans, no corn. The salads are disappointing: neon-green slaw, mayonnaise-heavy potato salad, and pitiable macaroni. The fries are great, but it'd be nice to have the option of ordering mashed potatoes. But yeah, sure: Montreal has fried chicken.

Poulet Bronzé
514-989-8555
1622 av Lincoln (just West of Guy)
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17 Comments

Thug Brutsen / September 8, 2010 at 07:06 pm
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No annoying southern trappings like collard greens, corn bread, gravy, hush puppies or good mac/cheese? From your review, it sounds like they sell chicken that has been fried, not fried chicken.
Y'all.
Thug Brutsen / September 8, 2010 at 07:08 pm
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No annoying southern trappings like collard greens, corn bread, gravy, hush puppies or good mac/cheese? From your review, it sounds like they sell chicken that has been fried, not fried chicken.
Y'all.
Alice / September 8, 2010 at 07:46 pm
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Sounds like a meat-hoarding hut to me. Have they ever heard of vegetables?

I would rather eat a celery stick than eat that estrogen and trans fat filled crap.
Thug Brutsen replying to a comment from Alice / September 8, 2010 at 09:03 pm
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Organic celery, one would hope.
S / September 8, 2010 at 09:39 pm
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Thug:

Two separate thoughts. There are no annoying Southern trappings as in there are no cheesy decorative features that recall the South. The lack of greens/corn/mac&cheese is a problem.

Alice:

Of course it's a meat hoarding hut. It's a fried chicken joint...That's what they do!
Thug Brutsen replying to a comment from S / September 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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I figured you meant "no cheesy decorative features" (and hate to think what decorative features that recall the South would entail). Thanks for the review, though.
PS. Do they soak the chicken in buttermilk before it gets battered? If not, it's just chicken that gets fried.)
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Jorge / February 4, 2015 at 04:44 am
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Jo and I went out for a Fried Chicken weekend. Both Friday and Saturday nhigts were all about the Fried Chicken. This was on top of the chicken that I had earlier in the week and the stuff we had two weeks ago. The great thing... We've been eating at different places the entire time. So far, Chicken Maru is leading the charge for price and tastiness among traditional Chicken places. For boneless, it's The Frypan all the way!
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