Here's where you can find Broasted chicken in the Des Moines metro
Whether it's National Fried Chicken Day or any other day, tempt your tastebuds while you watch fried chicken being made.
To some Iowans, it's not good fried chicken unless it's 'broasted chicken.'
That unmistakable light crunch — without being greasy — and the tender, juicy meat of broasted chicken has the tendency to create some powerful and insatiable cravings.
Try as you may to recreate this preparation technique, it's not true Broasted chicken unless it's cooked with a patented pressure-frying machine from the Broaster Company of Beloit, Wisconsin that was invented in 1954.
And the machine — along with its special line of seasonings and breading mixtures — is only sold to restaurants.
In fact, the words 'Broasted' and 'Broaster' are Broaster Company's own registered trademarks.
Here's where you can find authentic Broasted chicken in the Des Moines metro:
Located near the Great Western Bike Trail in a section of town once named Orilla on Des Moines' southern edge, this new restaurant has given fans of Broasted chicken another choice. Each broasted chicken dinner comes with smashed potatoes, sweet corn and a biscuit.
- Two-piece dinner with two breast pieces, $11.99
- Two-piece dinner with breast and leg, $10.99
- Two-piece dinner with two thigh pieces, $9.99
- Two-piece dinner with breast and wing, $9.99
- Two-piece dinner with breast and thigh, $10.99
- Two-piece dinner with thigh and leg, $9.99
- Add a piece of chicken: breast, $3; thigh, $2.50; wing, $2; leg, $2.
Location: 4221 S. Orilla Rd., West Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: (515) 410-2520; thechickenorilla.com;
Chuck Celsi's Tavern Restaurant and Tavern Pizza & Pasta Grill
This historic restaurant in Valley Junction has been serving great food and drinks to the metro since the Great Depression. It's a tale of two families — the Rileis and the Celsis — and their recipes have been passed down for generations. Tavern now has two locations in West Des Moines (Tavern Pizza & Pasta Grill) and a food truck.
Served with one side:
- Three-piece dinner with leg, thigh and wing, $8.50
- Three-piece dinner with breast, leg and wing, $8.50
- Breaded chicken tender meal, $8.50
Served with two sides:
- Half chicken dinner, $12.25
- Whole chicken dinner, $18.95
Side choices: steak fries, spaghetti or coleslaw.
- 205 5th St, West Des Moines; (515) 255-9827; Facebook
- 1755 50th St., West Des Moines; (515) 223-6700; Facebook
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
High Life Lounge/El Bait Shop
Des Moines' own "champagne of bars" offers a winning combination of comfort food and the nostalgia surrounding Miller High Life beer. It's difficult to navigate this menu without finding something to enjoy.
Fans of Broasted chicken know this is one of the only games in town. Each dinner comes with two regular-priced sides and a roll.
- Two-piece dinner with two breast pieces, $10.99
- Two-piece dinner with breast and leg, $8.99
- Two-piece dinner with two thigh pieces, $8.99
- Two-piece dinner with breast and wing, $8.99
- Two-piece dinner with breast and thigh, $9.99
- Two-piece dinner with thigh and leg, $8.99
- French fries
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Cottage cheese
- Potato salad (contains bacon)
- Contains bacon
- Side salad
- Black beans
- Mexican rice
- Tator Tots
- Baked beans
- Green beans
- Pasta salad
- Refried beans
There's an extra charge for premium sides like onion rings, sweet potato fries, chili cheese fries and mac and cheese. And you can add a piece of chicken: breast, $4; thigh, $3; wing, $2; leg, $2.
Location: 200 S.W. 2nd St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Know a great place in town that serves authentic broasted chicken? Email Brian Carlson to have it added to the list.