quick bite: Super Cluckin’ Sunday

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.
IMG_1260I 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.
IMG_1262To 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.
IMG_1258When 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.
IMG_1264Here’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.
IMG_1267The 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.
IMG_1269As 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.
IMG_1271There 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

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