Every carnivorous Montrealer has a go-to chicken spot, whether it’s an old-school family haunt like Chalet Bar-B-Q or Cote St. Luc, a consistently decent chain like St-Hubert or Portuguese mainstays like Romados or Coco Rico. (A few of you weirdos even have a thing for Scores, if willfully poisoning your body could be considered a thing.)
I was a Romados man myself until 2016, when I took Mel on a very long car ride to Tétreaultville on a Monday night for a Uniburger pop-up at Le Coq de L’Est 2015. It took us 40 minutes to get to the East End outpost from NDG by car in no traffic and opening hours are limited, but it’s totally worth the trek. Mel thought I was crazy for driving us past the many refineries of the east end, and maybe she’s right, but every time I have business out there (which admittedly isn’t often), I’ve got to bring not one, but two chickens back home. That way we’ll have leftovers for a week.
It’s a chicken place in a former topless breakfast joint (make your own jokes) run by wife-and-husband team Vanessa Beeching and Omar Zabuair. Not sure what it looked like before, but today it’s lined with taxidermy and vinyl records and no signs of its salacious past.
I did a Tétro food crawl for Cult MTL a while back, and I have to admit I’ve been itching to go back every time I get a chicken craving. Basically, their bird is a cross between tandoori and rotisserie, with the perfect unobtrusive and smooth gravy emboldening the spices. The skin has beautiful glowing red hue that locks in the juiciest meat I’ve ever sunken my teeth into. I mean, take a look at this oven:
The ribs are a must as well: encased in crunchy goodness. It’s walkable on a nice day from the Honoré-Beaugrand metro station, so next time you’re looking for an adventure in your own city, why not hop on the green line and go taste arguably the best chicken Montreal has to offer. I think the fact that it’s a long way out East makes it taste even better somehow, because your mind knows you went out of your way to treat yourself.