Belle’s hot chicken is a diner in Fitzroy, which serves American southern style fried chicken.The chicken is delicious! The chickens crunchy exterior and juicy interior can be hot or not, the choice is yours. This finger lickin’ fried chicken is definitely something worth talking about.
There are booths and stools around or you can sit at the bar, true diner style. They also have some tables out front if you want some sunshine.
You choose your meat then you choose your heat. Easy done. I had ordered within two minutes flat (which never happens). The indecisive in me always delays the ordering process, but not this time. Actually after that, you also choose a sauce, a side and a drink to go with, but the point I was making was that the menu is incredibly simple which made it easy to choose. Hmm do I want chicken, chicken or… chicken. I chose the hot chicken wings.
The meat options are chicken tenders, chicken wings (my fave) and dark meat (a thigh and drummy). They also have fish and mushrooms for those not that into chicken. Then you choose your heat. The heat of chilli ascends from southern, mild to really f**kin’ hot. I decided not to assassinate my tastebuds over lunch and settled for hot. The hot chicken is a good flavour to heat ratio for me.
All of the orders of meat come with a side. You can opt for the classic combo of chicken and chips or you can order a side of beans, coleslaw or broccoli and almond salad. The first time we visited Belle’s we had the mac and cheese, which was mushy and really cheesy. But second time round I got the broccoli and almond salad, which is one salad you do make friends with. It was yum. Also the chicken comes with pickles, and lots of them. Delish!
They had dipping sauces too. The ranch was creamy, the blue cheese was cheesy but didn’t have a strong blue cheese flavour and the mississippi comeback sauce was sort of like a thousand island sauce. There is a piece of bread under the chicken to soak up the oil and keep the chicken crispy. My bf utilises this otherwise disregarded piece of bread and makes a chip buddy out of it.
They have a range of alcoholic beverages on the menu, which make this diner even better. A bottle of wine with my fried chicken? Yes please! Why didn’t KFC think of that? Hot chicken, cold bevvies, match made in heaven.
They have cutlery on hand but especially with wings you can’t be shy you just have to get right in and get your hands dirty. The chicken and side combo is very filling but if you can squeeze in a cheeky dessert, they have soft serves available, which can be a good cooling agent after some really f**kin’ hot chicken.
I heart Belle’s Hot Chicken!
Belle’s Hot Chicken
Address: 150 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: 03 9077 0788
Trading Hours: Mon:12pm-10pm, Wed-Sat: 12pm-11pm, Sun: 11am-5pm