belles hot chicken cbd

December 15, 2021 By admin Off

Southern fried chicken and a cocktail, weekend sorted!

Wines are no more than $13 a glass, and there’s Belles Original Draught on tap if that’s how you roll. And beer might be just the thing to accompany the main event – Belles isn’t called ‘hot chicken’ for nothing. When you order Belles signature chicken you pick a cut (tenders/drumsticks/wings), choose your spice level (the mildest is ‘hot’, and the spiciest is ‘really f*cking hot’) and pick a side. Or you could skip the whole side business and just order a kilo of spicy wings.

The Belles Hot Chicken combo of spicy fried chicken and wine was such a winner in Fitzroy that the chain opened a second location in the CBD. The vibe is more bar than a restaurant: the bar is stocked and there is plenty of seating. Diners are likely to stick around after smashing a few drumsticks, and the wine list certainly encourages it.

Belles Hot Chicken serves traditional sides including mac and three cheese, potatoes and the tangiest, tastiest coleslaw. Vegetarian options are also available.

You can dine in or take away, but trust us, it’s worth dining in just for the cocktails, which include boozy slushies. You’re going to need the ice to cut through all that heat.

After selling out of chicken on their first day at their original Fitzroy store, it wasn’t long before Belles needed a second home. The CBD store, much like the one on Gertrude Street, has a cosy and warm feel, with food just as comforting. Similar to the original Belles' headquarters there are comfy chairs and booths that you sink into and enjoy the famed chicken. However, the Elizabeth Street operation has a slightly darker and almost late-night diner feel to it, fitting in perfectly with the city scene.

The hub is serving up all their iconic dishes like their hot chicken wings, chicken and waffles and Old Bay crinkle-cut fries. Obviously, the menu doesn’t stop there, so if you’re unsure what to pick—give their classic hits menu a go. Pretty much the Belles team will soothe your soul with their absolute favourites and they’ll serve up some booze with it.

Speaking of drinks, Belles isn’t just offering great food. They’ve got a range of boozy slushies, like their ‘Agave Maria’ which is a frozen rose with agave, fresh lime and Belles original season. If it’s too cold for a slushy, they’ve also got a range of cocktails, wines and spirits that you can order over the counter at their bar.

Belles Hot Chicken has spread its wings, adding a first Melbourne CBD spot to its ever-growing chook and natural wine empire. The Elizabeth Street digs is the fourth permanent Victorian store and seventh location nation-wide for Morgan McGlone’s outfit— and, as well as serving the ‘really fucking hot’ chicken that Belles is well-known for, it’ll be slinging chicken nuggets, too.

Like your chook with some extra zing? Spice fiends are able to ramp up the flavour thanks to a sixth heat level: ‘sex panther’. After popping up at other stores, it’s available permanently at Elizabeth Street — and on a scale that currently slides from the mild ‘southern’ to the famed ‘really fucking hot’, it takes the temperature to Homer Simpson eating a chilli level.

Sorry, poultry fiends of Fitzroy, Richmond and Collins Square — if you’d like your chook in bite-sized pieces, you’ll need to head to the new 100-seater. Opening at the Galleria on Monday, October 8, the Elizabeth Street store is the only Belles site selling the nuggets, alongside existing favourites such as tenders, drumsticks, wings, chicken sandwiches and chicken sliders.

Fitted out American diner-style with banquette seating, timber aplenty, mirrors and textured concrete, Belles’ latest eatery has also launched with new tipple, dubbed the ‘Party Blend’. A collaboration between group beverage director Christian Robertson and minimal intervention winemaker Rob Burley at Unkel Wines, it joins Belles’ usual array of natural, organic and low-intervention tipples.

Find Belles Hot Chicken on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, Melbourne.