It was starting to get a little embarrassing. After all I talk a lot about food, but when people would ask me if I’d been to Cutty’s yet I would shyly say no. I don’t mean that I hadn’t been for the chicken sandwich. I mean I hadn’t been at all, not for the pork sandwich on Saturdays, not for the bagels, not for anything. I had never made it to Cutty’s.
I thought about going a few times, but I think part of the reason it took me so long was that I wanted my first visit to be on Super Cluckin’ Sunday. It’s such a famous thing in Boston these days and the lines are forever long and it only happens once a month but it seems as though your first experience of Cuddy should be waiting in line for that chicken sandwich.
To my dismay and perhaps yours before you are done reading this, they don’t have Cluckin’ Sundays in the summer. I had wanted to go in February, March, April, but for one reason or another I didn’t. May was my last chance or I would have to go through the whole summer admitting I had never been to Cutty’s.
When I got in line, a few minutes after 11, it was halfway down the street. I had heard that the line moved pretty fast, but I don’t like standing in line. It’s one of my least favorite things to do. If I am going to stand in line for forty-five minutes to wait for a chicken sandwich, it had better be a pretty good chicken sandwich. I’m really glad I didn’t go in February. I cannot imagine standing out in the Boston winter.
Here’s the deal though, the only thing they sell sandwich-wise on Super Cluckin’ Sundays is the chicken sandwich. None of their other sandwiches are available. But then again, why would you stand in line for a sandwich you could get tomorrow without a line. They also have housemaid potato chips and a rotating sheet cake.
The sandwich is amazing! The chicken is very crispy on the outside and plump and juicy on the inside. I know it’s complete cliche but that really is how it is. On top of the chicken they add honey-mustard (actually under it), sharp cheddar, onion, iceberg lettuce, and mayonnaise. It is served on an Iggy’s sesame brioche bun. There is a sweetness to the sandwich because of the bun and the honey mustard, but that mustard also brings a little bit of spice. The heat and the sweet play nicely together. The onion and lettuce are just right to lighten up the fried chicken. I would’ve enjoyed a little bacon on it or maybe a tomato, but I’m not complaining. It’s an excellent sandwich.
As for the extras, the chips are good, very, very thin, crispy and salty. They make them in house, but not to order. I can only imagine what an amazing thing it would be to eat those fresh out of the fryer. Just before I got to the counter I heard them 86 chocolate milk which I’ve been eyeing on the menu. It’s from Thatcher Farm in Milton, MA. As a backup, I went with Cutty’s limeade which was just just the right balance of tart and sweet. It went well with the sandwich and even though I can’t get the chicken over the summer, I will go back for another sandwich and a glass of limeade. For dessert, they offer a sheet cake of the day. When I was there it was lemon. The cake was moist but still crumbly and coated with a lemon glaze, a wonderful finish to a very good sandwich.
There is very limited seating inside and a lot of people just get the chicken sandwiches to go. I got lucky that table opened up just as I was getting my food and was able to sit down and enjoy my sandwich there right away. Still if you are planning a visit, you should take that into consideration.
Even though I can’t get one over the summer, I’m not all that worried about it. I’m glad I had the sandwich. Everyone should do it once. I’ll even probably end up getting it again sometime, hopefully with somebody who really wants one and has never had one, but I don’t think I’d go just to get myself one more that sandwich. I will go back to Cutty’s though. If anything they make is half as good as the sandwich, I could see myself eating there pretty regularly. It’s a complete shame I hadn’t gone before. I am going to do my best to make up for it.
284 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445