I generally don’t have the greatest luck in general. When it comes to eating out, I often encounter the situation where the one item that I REALLY wanted to try is not available on the day/time that I visited. Examples of such include Score on Davie (their banana bread french toast), Black Rook Bakehouse (any one of their several chocolate cakes), Bean Brothers Cafe (their tiramisu), Fondway Cafe (where they literally had NOTHING available), and so on. I can now add Juke Fried Chicken to that list. They are a joint in Chinatown that, as the name implies, specializes in fried chicken. Although the fried chicken is already tempting enough on its own, it was actually their cornbread mac and cheese that I just HAD to try. So I made the trip to the joint this afternoon to get their fried chicken and mac and cheese. But of course, surprise surprise, their mac and cheese is only on their dine-in menu, which is served in the evening. *sigh*. You’d think that by now I’d have gotten so used in disappointments that I’d stop feeling pain, but no, I was still crushed. I ended up settling for a side of their Dirty Fries instead, to go with two pieces of their Fried Chicken.
Fried Chicken (2 pc, $5.75):
Their chicken wasn’t made to order, and hence was only warm when it arrived. Nevertheless, it was still quite tasty. I was glad to have received two pieces of thighs, which, by virtue of being dark meat, was very tender and juicy, and quite well-seasoned. The skin was crispy and flavourful. I was not a huge fan of their spices however; I personally found it to be slightly pungent (I’m a fan of the spices from KFC).
Dirty Fries ($8):
On their menu board they describe the fries as “poutine”, but I don’t think that’s accurate. I’m certainly not a purist, but when you call something “poutine” it should have gravy and cheese and this had neither. Instead, it consisted of fries dressed in some spicy mayo, ketchup and topped with pickled cabbage. Regardless of whether it’s poutine or not, it was still quite tasty; I especially liked the mayo, which lent a great creaminess and richness. It was a pretty good portion and not bad for the price.
I have to admit that I was still very disappointed when I left Jukes about not having gotten the mac and cheese that I so desperately wanted to try. *sob* Nevertheless, the food that I did get wasn’t too shabby, and the staff is pretty friendly. Not a bad place for some fried chicken if you want something different from KFC.