From picky kids to grown-ups with more mature palates, there seems to be a relatively universal love for chicken tenders.
But really: How special or memorable can chicken tenders be? That's the question fellow FoodCrush podcast co-host and dining editor Lori Fredrich and I wanted to answer this week; and what better place to look for an answer than a restaurant specializing in the boneless breaded chicken pieces?
Cream City Cluckery, a relatively new addition to the Deer District, is a poultry-forward pop-up restaurant hyper-focused on terrifically tasty tenders to go. So we figured we'd wing it down to Fiserv Forum and find out for ourselves if this bird was truly the word when it comes to above-and-beyond chicken tenders. And we did.
But, the question remained: Would these tenders take flight and take this classic comfort/bar food to the next level? Or would they just be birds of the same ol' feather? Here's what we found:
If you skipped over the video above, which includes all of our nuanced observations, you can head back and watch.
But, here's a brief summary of our findings. If you like chicken tenders – and honestly, who doesn't? – then you shouldn't balk at those available at Cream City Cluckery.
The coating, which resembles that found at Popeye's, has a tender and delectable crunch as opposed to a heavy, greasy, bland texture. Meanwhile, the chicken breast within is juicy, flavorful and plentiful. (A six-pack, with tater tots, costs $10, with a ten-pack for $18 and a 20-piece combo setting you back by only $25.)
Combine these tasty morsels with one of the Cluckery's dipping sauces – comeback sauce, honey mustard or ranch – and the answer to "How special can chicken tenders be really?" turns out to be "Pretty cluckin' special!"
We also sampled the menu's mac and cheese, honey butter biscuits, chicken sandwich and – because this meal hadn't been sinful enough yet – ooey gooey butter cake for dessert. Unfortunately, since it was a Tuesday, we weren't able to sample the Cluckery's take on the Friday fish fry – but I guess we'll just have to go back for that (and another slice of the cake).
For those who've heard enough and want to take a bite of their own, Cream City Cluckery is open for delivery and pickup orders Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. as well as Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Delivery can be ordered through food apps like GrubHub, DoorDash and Uber Eats while pickup orders can be made online at Cream City Cluckery's website or over the phone at (414) 422-6992, then picked up by the flag markers at 400 W. Highland Ave. in the Deer District.
And stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more FoodCrush taste tests!
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