Late last week, Vancity Buzz posted about an upcoming southern comfort food pop-up organized by the team behind Two Chefs and a Table and Big Lou’s Butcher Shop. From March 6 to 8, the popular Railtown eatery will offer three different types of fried chicken, along with a selection of side items: potato wedges, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, etc.
While the highlight of the three-day event will undoubtedly be the fried chicken, the traditional line-up of southern favourites like slaw and biscuits easily hold their own. The side dishes come off very authentic and representative of the values underlying southern comfort food. Hungry patrons will enjoy the simple, home-style nature of the following:
Biscuits: The fresh biscuits are pleasantly dense yet crumble gently in hand. Each piece is quite substantial and can be deceptively filling.
Coleslaw: There are a few different slaws to choose from but all are lightly dressed and refreshingly crisp. The fresh slaw is recommended to help cut the heaviness of the other sides and fried chicken.
Potato wedges: Aptly named wedges, these slices of potato are massive. Lightly salted and wonderfully mealy, this is an appropriate option for those with larger appetites.
Macaroni & Cheese: This well-known pasta dish has been kept very simple and almost dressed down. Served hot and cheesy, this childhood favorite will be very popular with the young and old alike.
For the event, diners will have the choice between original, hot and Korean. Fundamentally, the base chicken is remarkably consistent across all three types. While the outer casing is kept deliciously crisp, the meat inside remains moist and flavourful. Not overly saturated in low-quality oil, the chicken comes off tasting very clean. For those worried about the intensity of the hot option, it really is not that spicy. Chef Gregg noted that he did not want to make the ‘hot chicken’ too spicy so he toned down the original heat level when confirming the final recipe.
While the original and hot options will be very popular, the most interesting of the three is the Korean chicken. Unlike the other two selections which stand alone, the Korean chicken is served alongside an amazing dark soy-based sauce. Cut smartly with lime and herbs, the sauce has a very oriental feel and comes off completely different than any fried chicken most people will have tried.
The Two Chefs Chicken Shack will be open for only three days from March 6 to 8. The fried chicken menu will be available for lunch and dinner service, eat-in or take-out. Diners will have the choice of ordering the skillet fried chicken on waffles or half or whole chicken portions.
305 Alexander Street
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Brunch Service: Saturday & Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch Service: Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner Service: Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.