After two years of serving up southern-inspired comfort food in Chinatown, a local fried-chicken eatery has set up a mini-me version of itself in the West End—and there are new items on the menu.
Back in 2016, Juke Fried Chicken opened in Chinatown at 182 Keefer Street (by Justin Tisdall, Cord Jarvie, and chef Bryan Satterford).
Their Davie Village outpost, Little Juke, officially opens today (August 29) in a 1,100-square-foot space at 1074 Davie Street near Thurlow Street (in the former location of the short-lived Souvlaki and Co. and Meat City Sandwiches).
With its laidback vibe and casual fare, this counter-service spot, which offers seating for 22 people, seems like an appropriate fit for the neighbourhood.
As at their Chinatown location, gluten-free and free-range fried chicken is available as regular or spicy, ranging from two to ten pieces ($5.75 to $27.50).
What's unique to this location is the addition of rotisserie chicken, which is available as quarter (chicken leg or breast), half, or whole ($8.50 to $25).
Also new to the menu are Vietnamese-inspired nuoc cham ribs ($8.50 to $28), as well as Juke's Japanese-inspired take on karaage ($6 to $11), as well as Big Boy fried-chicken sandwiches, mac-and-cheese poppers, spicy green beans, roast potatoes, and milkshakes.
There's also weekend brunch, as well as a beverage list that includes wine, cider, local craft beer (Postmark, Strange Fellows, Superflux, Moody Ales), and cocktails.
What you'll have to get from the Chinatown location (which seats up to 38 patrons) are menu items such as dry-spiced double wings with kimchi ranch and yuzu pickles, sticky pork ribs, curried legume salad, corn dogs with katsu ketchup, chicharrón cheezies, corn chicken fritters, charred greens with a miso sesame vinaigrette, corn bread mac and cheese, potato skins, and doughnuts.
Little Juke's menu isn't online quite yet but stay tuned, as takeout and delivery will be available from this location as well.