- Address: 222 The Esplanade, Toronto
- Visited: 07/06/2016, Dinner, 2 people
- Cuisine: Comfort
- Rating: 4.0 5.0 Excellent, worth every $
4.5 Good, food & value
4.0 Good, but $$, would re-visit
3.5 Meh, good $, would re-visit
3.0 Meh, would not re-visit
2.0 Did not like $ [$] <20; [$$] <40; [$$$] <80; [$$$$] >80
- Website: http://www.cluckclucks.ca/
Cluck Clucks was a small shop on The Esplanade that has a menu focused on chicken and waffles, one of my favourite brunch dishes. Their menu included fried chicken alone, served on a waffle or sandwiched between two quarter waffles. I stopped by earlier in July with The Hubby, a fried chicken connoisseur, to try out their version of the brunch staple. We happened to drop by on #NationalFriedChickenDay when Cluck Cluck’s was offering a great $5 walk-in special. This meant the restaurant was crazy hectic with a constant stream of customers. In the busy fray, The Hubby and I managed to grab two bar seats by the window to enjoy our meal.
Disclaimer: All food and drinks reviewed below were provided complimentary. All opinions expressed below are wholly mine.
The quick service restaurant was colourfully decorated with a playful wall mural (flying drumsticks and a waffle), orange walls and bright red seats. In total, there were around 20 seats with one table for large groups and a handful of bar seats facing out into the street. With the large crowd, there was an understandable wait for our made to order, freshly fried chicken. Both The Hubby and I stuck to classic chicken and waffles, ordering the What The Cluck (2 piece chicken on a waffle) and Mother Clucker (3 piece chicken on a jalapeno and cheddar waffle).
For the fried chicken, we both ordered dark meat. I thought the meat was tender and juicy with a light crispy batter. There was no extra oiliness and the fried chicken would definitely satisfy a craving. The batter was well seasoned and golden brown. Each order came with a choice of 5 dipping sauces. We tried the Cluck Sauce and Chipotle Ailole. Both had a bit of a kick with the Cluck Sauce being more tangy. Between the regular waffle and jalapeno and cheddar waffle, I liked the jalapeno and cheddar one more. The combination of spicy jalapeno, soft fluffy batter, touch of cheese and sweet syrup was perfect. Having been under the hot fried chicken (and for some time as we took photos), the waffle did lose it’s crispiness. Personally I like my waffles softer, while The Hubby likes them crispy. The regular waffle was still fluffy and sweet, but my tastebuds always prefer more heat. With 3 pieces of chicken and a full waffle, my side of fries were left pretty much forgotten.
Overall, both The Hubby and I enjoyed our fried chicken at Cluck Clucks and would visit again in the future.