At a Glance:
Oh the Chicken Shack….
So much deliciousness at such a good price. That’s it for this place, we’re keeping it short and simple for this week’s Food Friday =).
Just kidding. But really though, the Chicken Shack is just that good, eating there speaks for itself. It’s a small, locally owned, mom and pop place right at the entrance of the Callejon De La Loma in Cabarete. Although small they serve up the best chicken and yucca in town. If any locals read this and beg to differ I am more than happy to try your chicken! You can pass by on any given afternoon, except Thursday, to see their grill jam-packed with fresh chickens getting their cook on.
The guy at the grill knows what he’s doing as he always delivers savoury and succulent chicken. They do offer more than just chicken, but he knows how to cook the chicken so well that the other meats are overshadowed.
The kitchen is small and is very open so if you’re the type who likes to watch how your food is being prepared, it’s open for all eyes to see. This place doesn’t only have good chicken though, one thing they are very well known for is their yucca and fried plantains. That’s what is pictured below.
If you have every personally tried to cook yucca or plantains it’s actually very simple to get it edible BUT very difficult to make it melt-in-your-mouth, drool-on-your-plate, food-coma delicious and the people at the chicken shack know how to get it done. They compliment the yucca with vinegared onions which add that extra touch to the dish. If you’ve never had yucca I recommend that this place be the first place you eat it.
Most nights the place is full of people ranging from foreigners to locals so it’s a nice place for cultures to intermingle. Also, it’s very easy to find as it’s the only business that can be seen cooking up 20 chickens on the side of the road. The set up of the place is great as well as they have half of the seats under a roof and the other half encircled by young palms and open to the starry night sky.
A few words about every aspect of the place:
The Food: Melt -in-your-mouth delicious
The Staff: Very friendly but at times slow, very typical for Dominican service though.
Price: How are they still in business?
Ambiance: Relaxed, friendly and fun
Location: Although right by the road it’s fairly quiet, unless one of those cars with 14 speakers in their trunk passes by.
I would also like to add that I may have almost drooled a little bit while uploading the pictures and that we tried to go there last night and it so happens that the only day they are closed is on Thursdays! That lead us to another local spot called Sandros. That’s for another Food Friday though.