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Cluck 'n' Cleaver chicken joint opens in Calgary

Cluck n’ Cleaver, Nicole and Francine Gomes’ much-anticipated chicken takeout joint, has finally opened in a small, stand-alone building beside Joey’s at 1511 14th St S.W. that was once a rock and gem shop.

Sisters, one a chicken farmer and one a passionate cook, co-own the new takeout restaurant

Cluck 'n' Cleaver's fried chicken is sold by the piece or box, while the rotisserie is available by the quarter, half or whole bird. (Julie van Rosendaal)

Cluck 'n' Cleaver, Nicole and Francine Gomes' much-anticipated chicken takeout joint, has finally opened in a small, stand-alone building beside Joey's at 1511 14th St. S.W. that was once a rock and gem shop.

The concept combines Francine's love of raising chickens and Nicole's passion for cooking — as the owner and chef behind Nicole Gourmet she's been known for her spectacular fried chicken for years.

"It's a concept we came up with about 10 years ago," Francine said.

"And then I was like, see ya, I'm moving to the Kootenays!" There, Francine was a chicken farmer, foraging and living off the land.

Francine Gomes (left) and her sister Nicole began recipe testing and eventually revamped their space last November. (Julie Van Rosendaal)

Meanwhile, Nicole opened her own company, Nicole Gourmet, and established herself as one of the best chefs and caterers in the city.

But the idea stuck, and when she called Francine to say she thought they should go ahead with their chicken concept, her sister came back home and the pair set to work branding, recipe testing and eventually revamping their space last November.

What's on offer

Their menu is short and simple: perfect fried and rotisserie chicken and sides to go with it:  potato salads, chipotle lime, black bean and corn salad, hand-cut fries and spectacular buttermilk biscuits.

To wash it all down: vintage sodas and milkshakes, with jars of homemade cookies on the counter for dessert.

The fried chicken is sold by the piece or box, while rotisserie is available by the quarter, half or whole bird.

With a small parking lot out front and a chicken-inspired curious cabinet inside, it's already a popular stop for those seeking real food, fast.​

Cluck 'n’ Cleaver is located at 1511 – 14 St SW Calgary. (Julie Van Rosendaal)

Cluck 'n' Cleaver is located at 1511 – 14 St S.W., 403-266-2067, cluckncleaver.com, @cluckncleaver.

About the Author

Julie Van Rosendaal

Calgary Eyeopener's food guide

Julie Van Rosendaal talks about food trends, recipes and cooking tips on the Calgary Eyeopener every Tuesday at 8:20 a.m. MT. The best-selling cookbook author is a contributing food editor for the Globe and Mail, and writes for other publications across Canada.

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