Belle's Hot Chicken

Chefs Aaron Turner and Morgan McGlone are turning Belle's diner into a Nashville-style chicken shack. Hot damn!

Hold onto your beltstraps fried chicken fans. Chef Aaron Turner – he who left a huge hole in our hearts when he closed his rural fine-diner Loam a year ago– is back in Australia and taking over the fryers at Belle's Diner.

For the last year he's been in Nashville, USA with chef pal Morgan McGlone who was there to open Husk. Their plan for Belle's is simple: " We are taking the Japanese approach of doing one thing really really well," says Turner. "So hot chicken it is, with sides like our own fermented pickles, hot sauce, slaw, potato salad."

The place is being renamed Belle's Hot Chicken, and while they're just a stone's throw from where Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons is doing Melbourne's best buttermilk fried chicken and biscuits on Wednesday nights, Nashville-style sees your bird coated in a far spicier mix. Legend has it, the dish started as a prank when a woman upended the hot pepper into her cheating partner's breakfast chicken, but he liked it, and later launched the BBQ Chicken Shack.

They'll also be taking to the booze list and bringing in some natural wines. Want cocktails? The Everleigh is upstairs. That's a powerhouse right there.

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By Gemima Cody   |  

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