It must have been happy hour because both our drinks came to a total of $11 which was dirt cheap.
Little Creatures pale ale and Tecate beer (both for $11)
We started off sharing a serve of the Southern fried chicken, coated in 21 secret herbs and spices, with a single waffle hidden underneath. The delicate balance between savoury and sweet within a dish can sometimes be overstepped however here it proved to be a winning combination. The boneless fried chicken was succulent, packed with flavour and balanced nicely by the sweet waffles and tangy ranch sauce. These waffles were something else - light and fluffy yet still retained crispiness with a slight caramelisation, so much deliciousness in a mouthful. Is there anywhere else in Melbourne that does a good fried chicken and waffles? If so, please let me know (I don't rate The Merrywell).
Southern fried chicken with waffles ($21)
Next up was a Southern style dish consisting of blue swimmer crabs with sausages and cobs of corn thrown in. A combination of spices, lemon, garlic and a lot of butter dressed the dish and complemented the sweetness of the crab. We were advised that the hot sauce went especially well with the crab boil and it did indeed add another dimension to the dish.
Juicy's Lowcountry Boil ($24)
Will was kind enough to offer a half serve of the shrimp as I was looking for something small to finish off our meal. The shrimp had the same dressing as the crab boil which was lovely although Mr A thought that the shrimp were slightly overcooked. I also appreciated the addition of potatoes with the shrimp to provide a carb element as I tend to get hungry quicker without them.
Shrimp - half serve ($10)
The menu is small and succinct allowing the kitchen to focus on quality.
Being only the second day of operation when we visited, we enjoyed our meal and I was in awe of the fried chicken with waffles. Service was efficient and came with a smile while food didn't take too long to arrive. Although more appropriately deemed as bar food rather than a full meal, be prepared to get your hands dirty digging into these crabs. So hurry, "the Juice wants to sell you crabs!"
Will I return? Yes, absolutely loved the Southern fried chicken with waffles in particular.
Dr Juicy Jay's Fried Chicken and Crab Shack
238 Victoria Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
(03) 9329 9888
Wed to Sun 5pm - 9pm