Review | Fried and Tasty, Brunswick East

Originally published on Concrete Playground.

KFC, upgraded.

Walking into Fried and Tasty (F.A.T), you know you’re in for something delectable. The relaxed restaurant is made up of walls plastered with old advertising, iconic quotes from movies like Shrek, and orange booths that complement the crispy coating of its already renowned fried chicken.

Speaking of, there are multiple ways you can devour yours. Get it in a burger, on waffles or on its own — perhaps with a side of chips, poutine, coleslaw or potato salad.

The Original burger keeps it simple with fried chicken, coleslaw and mayo ($9.90), while The Brunswick honours the restaurant’s location with chicken, bacon, beetroot, cheese, barbecue sauce and mayo ($11.90). All burgers can also be made in wrap form.

The food at F.A.T clearly speaks to the favourites of American cuisine, serving up the classic dish of chicken and waffles — the perfect fusion for those who wish to simultaneously eat mains and dessert. The eatery pairs buttermilk waffles with crispy chicken, vanilla ice cream and Canadian maple ($17). For straight-up chicken with no disturbances, share the bucket o’ chicken for $25.

It’s truly no frills here; everything is served in red diner baskets and the milkshakes — which come in flavours Milo, vanilla malt, salted caramel and apple crumble (all $7) — are served straight out of the stainless steel cups they were created in. If you’re looking to class it up a bit, F.A.T surprisingly serves wine as well. You’ll find drops from both Australia and Europe.

To dine at F.A.T is to spoil the soul. For non-violent prices and some damn tasty chicken, make your way to the deep fryers at this Lygon Street joint.

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