We don’t mean to toot our own horn (okay, well, maybe we do), but we foresaw the doughnut revival about six months ago. However, a take-out shop devoted to fried chicken and doughnuts? That’s just crazy! Crazy or not, this is the successful formula behind Paulette’s Original Donuts* and Chicken.
The aqua-hued Leslieville shop (913 Queen St. E.) is a hop, skip and a jump down the street from Leslieville Pumps (read our review here) and features staff decked out in 1950s-style diner uniforms. Doughnuts are available from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. or until they run out, Tuesday through Sunday, while the fried chicken starts at 11:30 a.m.
Owner Devin Connell and chef Graham Bower create seven different flavours of full-size doughnuts daily, available for $2.75 each. The “Donut Dots” (think: Timbits) come tossed in either Maple Sugar or Garam Masala and are $4.50 for 8. We sampled the Root Beer Float doughnut and were impressed by the subtle root beer flavouring and dough texture. The doughnut wasn’t as sweet as we’d expected, which was a pleasant surprise.
The fried chicken batter was lighter than we’d expected; closer to tempura than KFC. Paulette’s offers a variety of serving sizes, and each chicken order comes with your choice of dipping sauce (hot sauce, tandoori BBQ or honey) or rub (sumac oregano or garam masala). The fried chicken is the main show, but Paulette’s offers a few delicious sides to round out the meal, including Asian slaw, mac & cheese and cornbread.
We can’t speak for everyone, but doughnuts and fried chicken might be our new favourite combination. Grab a few friends (preferably with bikes), some Paulette’s and head over to the nearest park for a casual brunch al fresco. Diets be damned!
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*Donuts vs. doughnuts. The eternal debate. “Doughnut” is the dictionary-approved spelling, so we’re sticking to that version, but respect Paulette’s right to the “donut”.