149 Minerva Rd, Geelong West. Phone: 5298 1921
Chicken shop in an old servo?
It drew me like a magnet.
I chat to the main Ranch hand, Tony Kopty, outside while I take photos.
He tells me that while his mob have been running the show for only a couple of years, the once-was-a-servo has served as a chicken shop of one variety or another for 20.
I tell him it’s notable that several posters on the joint’s Facebook page use words such as “great for hangovers” or some such.
“You should see them on Sundays, about midday, rolling up here like zombies,” he says with a laugh.
Fuelled by the appeal of the location and its former use, as well as the outfit’s cool name, I have notions of something a little more funky than your typical Oz chicken shop.
What I get is your typical Oz chicken shop.
For me, two of the benchmarks for a cutting-edge, exemplary chicken shop experience are real cutlery/crockery and coleslaw that’s not drowning in mayo.
I get none of that here. And stupidly, I forget to take a pic or two before getting stuck into my lunch of half a chook, chips, gravy, coleslaw and soft drink. By the time I remember, it’s not in the least bit photogenic.
The chicken is good, the chips a bit tired on it but OK, while the salad has so much mayo I’m half expecting it to flow out the door.
Yes, I’ve had better chick shop feeds … but, by heck, I’ve had plenty a whole lot worse, too.
So it’s a typical Oz chicken shop meal in a typical Oz chicken shop.
Closer to home, another outfit that lives in an old servo can be found at Stephz in Sunshine.