Chicken n' Donuts

The newest food pairing comes to you from Leslieville at Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken. This tiny Tiffany-blue, vintage style restaurant serves up double-fried naturally raised, free-run birds, and delicious, unique cake donuts.

Open for about 3 weeks now, this place is booming with line-ups, and sells out on most days before their 7:00 PM closing time.

The menu ranges from snack size (2 pieces of chicken) with choice of dipping sauce or salt, and 4 dots (mini Timbit-like donuts rolled in Garam Masala sugar). You can also order a half chicken (4 pieces) with choice of dipping sauce or salt. The choice of sauces are Graham’s Burnin’ Hot Sauce, Maple Chili Dip, and Honey Mustard and Herb dip. As for the salts, there are Garam Masala Salt, and Sumac Oregano Salt. On the side you can choose from Mac and cheese, corn bread, or coleslaw.

Now I will get to the goods and share what Jonty and I indulged in, as we were super excited to give this place a try!

We went for the half chicken combo, with a side of mac and cheese. The chicken was lightly fried, which I was pleasantly surprised about. Although a good, thick coating is always delicious, it was refreshing to bite into the juicy, tender chicken without having to tear through inches of batter. It was crispy and not overly greasy which makes it feel just a little healthier; FEEL being the key word! Regardless, it was delicious. The side of mac and cheese was incredibly creamy but had a slight tang to it which was not my favourite. The topping of crispy chicken skin however was a nice touch.

None of the sauce choices excited me, but it comes with two so we chose the hot sauce, and honey mustard and herb dip. They both were quite tasty, but the chicken was yummy enough on it’s own that we barely touched the sauces.

All I could think about while chowing down on my chicken (besides how “mmmm” it was) was tasting the donuts! After taking my last bite of fried goodness I immediately pulled out my D’oreo donut. It was a moist, cake donut dipped in white icing which tasted exactly like the middle of an Oreo! It was also sprinkled with of course, Oreo cookies. I loved every second of it.

Jonty’s choice was the Root Beer Float. I am not a fan of root beer but it was still quite delicious. The flavour of root beer was not too over-powering and the donut itself was very tasty.

Just when I thought I loved fried chicken and waffles, Paulette’s entered and stole the show.

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