Super Nash Brothers
Sydney’s inner city is home to some revered fried chicken joints (think the likes of Butter and Thirsty Bird). But you’ll find that the city’s outer suburbs in the West and far North are blessed with heavyweights and hidden gems known dearly to lucky locals.
For the past year, Waitara’s Super Nash Brothers has enticed foodies and hungry travellers to the Upper North Shore with their Nashville-style fried chicken and its distinct fiery red colour—a recipe they’ve also taken on the road in their wandering food truck. But in some recent good news for anyone south of the bridge, you can now cop a plate of the Tennessee staple at Super Nash Brothers’ new Waterloo outpost adjacent to Wulaba Park, a residential area and burgeoning foodie precinct.
Born from a visit to the US in the current global pandemic’s infancy, owners Ross Kemp and Joe Avers made the most of their LA culinary trip, eating their way through 54 of the city’s best burger restaurants as guided by celebrity chef Alvin Cailan (from First We Feast’s The Burger Show). They came back with a taste for Nashville-style hot chicken, and the rest is delicious history.
The highly ‘grammable chicken’s unique red colouring comes from cayenne spices, mixing heat with sweetness, and a crispy outer battering with a tender and juicy meat inside.
The casual dining restaurant’s small menu is unapologetically chicken-heavy. The Super Nash Sando is the definite crowd favourite—a Nashville-style thigh, sweet and spicy pickles, shredded iceberg lettuce, ranch sauce on a garlic milk bun. You can play with the sweet and savoury combination even more, and we recommend that you do by adding peach jam. Or otherwise, drizzle on a bit of smoked chipotle honey for good measure.
Elsewhere, you’ll find tenders, drumsticks, mozzarella sticks, a soy fillet for vegos and a thigh plate with pickles and ranch sauce, more classically served on a slice of bread a la American BBQ. Spice levels are entirely up to you, from southern fried to nash and hot.
And if you’re so inclined, ask about the “world’s hottest sando” option, which requires you to sign a waiver, coming in at over 2M Scoville heat units thanks to Carolina Reaper chillies, among other things that will most certainly cause you some pain.
But here’s the kicker—you can also jump on one of the two gigantic arcade machines in the Waterloo store while you await your fried chicken order. In line with the store’s name, Kemp and Avers imported two original Bandai Namco Mario Kart arcade games just in case you needed another reason to pop through.
Dine in-store or grab some piping hot takeaway and find a bench in Wulaba Park to enjoy some of the best fried chicken Sydney has to offer and the flavours of Nashville, Tennessee.
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