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Monday, January 07, 2013

Jazz City Diner, Darlinghurst

fried chicken and waffles at jazz city diner darlinghurst

EDIT: Jazz City Diner has closed and been replaced with Chaco Bar.

Fried chicken and waffles. It's dinner and breakfast in one. Crunchy fried chicken and crisp fluffy waffle. Both drowned in lashings of maple syrup. It's the only thing on my mind as we head to dinner at Jazz City Diner.

diner booths at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Dining room and booths inside Jazz City Diner

The dining room is tinier than you'd expect, with room for only 24 diners. Booth seating lines one wall, inset with a retro-style TV screen playing crackling old jazz recordings of Nat King Cole and more in black-and-white. If you miss out on a booth, the counter stools are just as fun, giving you a view of all the kitchen prep action.

counter seating and diner waitress uniform at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Counter stools at the kitchen bench and the kitsch waitress uniforms

We stroll in just after 6pm mid-week and only just manage to snag the last available table. There may not be as much passing foot traffic on this end of Crown Street (even if Pocket Bar and Shady Pines Saloon are only around the corner) but the place is filled with a gaggle of twenty-somethings and locals.

Mary-Ellen, dressed in a crisp white-collared diner uniform, takes our order, although her thick German accent belies the name on her badge.

peanut butter malted milkshake at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Peanut butter milkshake $10

The menu is a comforting mix of burgers littered with Southern US classics like Andouille sausage gumbo ($18), chilli cheese fries ($10) and cobb salad ($19). Some prices can seem a little steep - four shrimp corn dogs with salad come in at $28 - but head chef and owner Dan McGuirt says "I want to cook American food but with a modern approach," citing his prior experience with Vue De Monde as a major influence.

We start with the peanut butter milkshake, made with homemade ice cream according to the menu. At $10 a pop, it's not cheap, but it's so rich you'll want to share. The shake is lusciously thick and rich with peanut flavour, but it's not overly sweet. We piously avoid drinking the swirl of cream.

They also do spiders or floats (soft drink with ice cream) for $8 and the fridge is stocked with cans of grape Fanta ($4), Dr Pepper ($5) and A&W root beer ($7).

johnny's fatboy burger with sweet potato fries at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Johnny's Fatboy burger with sweet potato fries $19

The Johnny's Fatboy burger could be an endorsement or a warning. Maybe it's both. Either way, you're guaranteed to make a mess, with each bite of the thick juicy patty tumbling out nuggets of Texas-style chilli beef mince. In amongst the beef fest are shards of crispy bacon, onion, pickle relish, mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, cheese and squiggles of bright yellow American mustard.

sweet potato fries at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Sweet potato fries

The sweet potato fries on the side are dangerously addictive.

backyard bbq beef burger at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Backyard BBQ beef burger with onion rings $18 plus $4 upgrade for onion rings instead of fries

The backyard BBQ beef burger is a pool party of bacon, lettuce, tomatos, pickle relish and coleslaw slathered with a generous dollop of the housemade smoky barbecue sauce.

onion rings at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Onion rings

Onion rings will cost you an extra $4 (instead of potato or sweet potato fries) but it's worth it. The deep fried shell of batter is all crunch, protecting a shimmering centre of sweet and translucent onion.

macaroni and cheese at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Macaroni and cheese $8

We share a side of macaroni and cheese too, a huddle of elbow pasta in cheese sauce. The sauce is more on the runny side, without the telltale glorious stretches of stringy cheese I'd hoped for.

chicken and waffles at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Chicken and waffles $24

And then. The chicken and waffles. It should double as main course and dessert. A heartwarming sight of golden fried chicken resting on a pillow of freshly cooked waffle. A border of jewel-like capsicum squares look fancy but seem a little out of place, although I'm too busy grabbing the metal pitcher of maple syrup and pouring like crazy.

Does it work? Of course it does. Anyone who naysays maple syrup and fried chicken need only look at Chinese char siu pork, roast pork and apple or turkey and cranberry to understand that sugar is everybody's best friend.

The southern fried chicken is impressive. Juicy and tender beneath the armour of nobbled batter with a haven of crunchy crevices. Mixing mouthfuls of this with fluffy waffle, slightly crisp at the edges, will prompt one of those "where have you been all my life" revelations.

Hidden beneath the chicken is a puddle of wilted spinach cooked in brown butter, a welcome touch of calorific respite. The only thing I would say is maybe it's best to only use half the syrup in the jug - otherwise you'll be wading through a pool of diabetes as your teeth start to tingle.

pecan pie dessert at jazz city diner darlinghurst
Pecan pie with butter pecan ice cream $10

They'd run out of the banana cream pie by the time we were ready for dessert (devastation!) so we settle for a slice of the pecan pie. The filling is a little runnier and stickier than most pecan pies, but the crust of sugary pecans on top is worth scrabbling over.

Fried chicken and waffles. What a way to start a new year!

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Jazz City Diner CLOSED
Jazz City Diner has closed and been replaced with Chaco Bar.
238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9332 2903

Opening hours:
Lunch Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-2pm
Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 6pm-10pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 1/07/2013 12:35:00 am


  • At 1/07/2013 12:42 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    Aaaaand happy new year! here's to more fried chicken and waffles in 2013!

  • At 1/07/2013 3:03 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Peanut butter milkshake. That's all I need.

  • At 1/07/2013 7:14 am, Blogger Shanshan Lam said…

    Happy new year Helen! That's some hardcore fried chicken! To help justify the kj's just skip breakfast since its like you said, breakfast and dinner in one hehehe

  • At 1/07/2013 9:19 am, Blogger Tina @ bitemeshowme said…

    Happy New Year Helen! Hope you had a great time. Awesome post for the new year. It really brings back memories of my trip to the states last september. Whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps about missing the USA, I know where to go!

  • At 1/07/2013 9:46 am, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    i'll have to try this place one day but definitely not for the health conscious diner ;-)

  • At 1/07/2013 10:49 am, Blogger milkteaxx said…

    i wanted to come here for my birthday but my fds aretoo health concious!

  • At 1/07/2013 11:25 am, Anonymous ChopinandMysaucepan said…

    Dear Helen,

    I wonder if there is a fried chicken place in Sydney that can escape your eagle eye! It looks good although I think the backyard burger with rings would be my choice.

    Happy new year and a great 2013 to you and your family!

  • At 1/07/2013 11:37 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    Love the burger sides here, but those sure are steep prices for the milkshake!

  • At 1/07/2013 12:39 pm, Anonymous JJ - 84thand3rd said…

    You and fried chicken crack me up ;) Jazz City is yet another one I've been meaning to try for ages! Prices in Sydney are getting steeper and steeper - it is really hard to stomach (pun only slightly intended!) but those fries are now high on my list, they look unreal!

  • At 1/07/2013 2:14 pm, Blogger Vivian - vxdollface said…

    oh I would've been devasted as well because that banana cream is magnifique!

  • At 1/07/2013 4:28 pm, Blogger joey@FoodiePop said…

    Should be the way to start and end a year. LOL

  • At 1/07/2013 9:05 pm, Anonymous gaby @ lateraleating said…

    I wouldn't have imagined fried chicken, waffles & maple syrup even in my wildest dreams.

  • At 1/07/2013 10:17 pm, Blogger Jacq said…

    I've still yet to try this fried chicken, waffle, and maple syrup combo. Perhaps 2013 is the year to finally do so!

  • At 1/07/2013 11:09 pm, Anonymous billy@a table for two said…

    love me some Wafffffle! and the frieeeeddd chickennnnn"

  • At 1/07/2013 11:09 pm, Anonymous billy@a table for two said…

    love me some Wafffffle! and the frieeeeddd chickennnnn"

  • At 1/07/2013 11:09 pm, Anonymous billy@a table for two said…

    love me some Wafffffle! and the frieeeeddd chickennnnn"

  • At 1/10/2013 9:20 pm, Blogger cara waters said…

    I've tried fried chicken with waffles and it just doesn't work for me - obviously I wouldn't survive in the American South!

  • At 1/10/2013 10:21 pm, Anonymous Amanda@ChewTown said…

    The burgers all look amazing... but chicken and waffles? - YES PLEASE!

  • At 1/11/2013 1:16 am, Blogger hazchem said…

    how good is the chicken & waffles? I didn't even look at the rest of the menu. Probably should go back and do that really.

  • At 1/11/2013 8:28 am, Blogger Paul said…

    I love this place, my vote for best burger in Sydney.

    I'm not sure how many people you went with, but I don't know how you made it through all that food.

    If I have the $10 shake I can barely finish my burger and chips. Let alone a side of mac and cheese AND dessert!

    My hat goes off to your appetites!

  • At 1/28/2013 9:38 pm, Blogger Annie said…

    Friiieeeeeed chicken!!! Must try this next time I head here. Those burgers are massive!

  • At 1/30/2013 12:51 pm, Blogger thegayfoodie said…

    reminds me of Joe's in Melbourne (st kilda). Looks so yummy


  • At 2/01/2013 10:29 pm, Anonymous Sara - Belly Rumbles said…

    Ahh that Johnny Fatboy looks like what they call a loose meat burger in the States. Yet to get me some chicken an waffles.

  • At 2/27/2013 9:37 am, Blogger the dainty baker said…

    Omg!!! It's only 930 am ATM but I am salivating at the thought if these burgers and FRIED CHICKEN!!!! Loving the sweet potato fries and the cute waiter uniforms! Next dinner date sorted!

  • At 7/05/2013 11:56 pm, Anonymous bob said…

    There. sooner the better.


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