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Oct 17, 2010 04:56 AM

Poulet a la Campagnarde - Pierrefonds

Saturday night after plans fell apart for dining at another restaurant, my friend went home and I decided to go pick up some takeout and head home and watch the hockey game, since I hadn't planned to cook.

Thinking of where to stop, and also still geared up to try something new, I remembered seeing a curious little joint on Blvd. St. Charles at the corner of Pierrefonds Blvd. I first noticed it about a week ago while waiting for a light to change at the intersection. They don't even have a sign out front, but their windows are plastered with stuff about fried chicken.

I drove up and was hesitant as at first it seemed from the outside that the place was empty. Then I noticed a couple at a table eating, so I went in. I was surprised when they both got up and greeted me. Turns out they are the owners/family that operates the place.

Camilo (100% sure I've mangled his name) was welcoming and took the time to explain their menu, not that it's overly complicated (it isn't), but because their approach to chicken is different from others (he wanted to dispel any notion of KFC).

They offer two types of chicken, grilled, which I was told is their specialty and did not try, and fried, which I ordered takeout. Their fried chicken is not breaded. Instead it's rolled in a blend of spices and fried. The result is totally addictive and delicious chicken that has a rich dark crust or "bark" coating the exterior, and is wonderfully juicy and moist on the interior. This is the PERFECT food to kick back, have a cold one, and watch a hockey game with.

The four piece pack clocked in at $11.00, tax incl., and came with slaw, BBQ sauce, and a gargantuan brown bag of home made chips. They don't sell french fries, but rather, home-made potato chips. These are a true enigma. My first experience tasting them was when the owners gave me a free plate on the house to munch on while I waited for my take out order to be prepared. They also provided two dipping sauces for me to sample - their BBQ version, and cilantro/garlic. My first reaction was that the chips themselves were rather bland, but went remarkably well with the dipping sauces. It was a close tie but the cilantro/garlic one was the winner. Later that night, when I returned to the bag of chips after the sauce had been depleted, I found these heretofore "bland" chips to be strangely addictive, and far better than any commercial variety you can buy anywhere.

This is pretty much the type of "hole-in-the-wall" joint that would be a candidate for The Food Network's "Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives". Friendly and family run, this place isn't about the decor, it's about the food, and I will be back....... to try the grilled chicken next time.

No interac. Cash only.

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  1. Glad you found a good place to eat. Sorry-- I'll try this Resto out next time I am on West Island.

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    1. re: KKW

      It's really not a place to sit down and eat - though they have a few tables. It's simply not that large a building and the decor is pretty spartan and nondescript. It's really geared more for the takeout crowd, and ideal on hockey nights for those watching at home.

    2. Thanks for the report; it's hard to miss them as the building is bright yellow. Will be worthwhile to have a takeaway alternative to the same-old.

      1. I took a look at the menu online. Rather pricey. 28$ for a whole grilled chicken.

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        1. re: nextguy

          $28 (tax included) for chicken + 3 sides seems reasonable to me for a meal for 4 people, which comes out to about $7/meal.

          $27 give or take for 4 "Choix de rotisseur" takeaway meals at St-Hubert.

          Around $24-26 for 4 quarter chicken meals at Romados if I remember correctly.

          I think Imperio charged me around $15 for the whole chicken but that didn't have any sides.

          1. re: wattacetti

            chalet bbq family pack is $25
            3lbs chicken is pretty good - $28 tax in is standard

            1. re: celfie

              I would like this establishment to offer a whole grilled chicken a la carte option(for take-out). It's done by Chalet BBQ(for $10 less than Chalet BBQ family pack) & some of the Portuguese grilled chicken establishements.

              1. re: BLM

                If you check out their online menu, they do offer a whole grilled chicken, and the resto is totally geared for takeout. Of course, I don't know if the $28 price includes a combo, but if it does, the owners seem friendly and accommodating enough to possibly provide you with just the chicken, minus the sides, at a lower price. You should give them a call and find out.

                1. re: Haggisboy

                  I'd actually want to try out their sides since everyone's sauce is different and it's quite rare to have chips and not fries.

                  Now if I can only get there before 9:00p closing.

                  1. re: Haggisboy

                    I just asked 'it's not an option available' for whole grilled chicken a la carte. Certainly I want to try the sides at least once, but for future visits I might not want it to save money (& especially if the sides only come as a package).

                    1. re: BLM

                      man who cares about sides
                      these places dont get it

                      1. re: celfie

                        Just ate at this resturant.

                        Great Chicken,one of the best I ever had

                        1. re: fredmir

                          What did you have? Was it the grilled chicken, or the fried, or something else? And did you eat there or get takeout?

                          1. re: Haggisboy

                            I did eat there was around a 20 minutes wait,it was worth it. Chicken is grain fed
                            I had Fried chicken and my mother had grill,both were very good. . Also had the homemade chip, quiet good, 4 different sauce`s, coleslaw
                            I would go back