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Cheekies Hot Chicken

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published August 2nd 2022
Recently opened at Pirie Street in the Adelaide CBD, Cheekies Hot Chicken is a great place for those in the city to enjoy Nashville Fried Chicken. The chicken used in their dishes is free range and is brined before being fried and coated in their spicy sauce.

When ordering their dishes, you can choose one of five levels of spiciness. Their boneless chicken pieces had succulent flesh which was contrasted nicely by the crisp coating. The hot level spiciness that we chose for the dish was quite spicy. Accompanying the chicken were pickles and toast, which acted as a good foil for the chicken. The crinkle-cut fries that we selected as a side were fried to golden brown and perfectly seasoned.

Cheekies Hot Chicken, Boneless Chicken Pieces, Adelaide
Boneless Chicken Pieces (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Available only during the weekends, the Chicken & Waffles dish had Belgian waffles that had a delightfully fluffy texture with a sweet and buttery taste. For those considering the highest level of spiciness, be warned that it truly packed a very potent spicy kick. We would have enjoyed this dish more if we had gone for a lower level of spiciness. Topping the waffles were fresh berries, maple syrup and whipped cream, which partnered with the chicken and waffles nicely.

Cheekies Hot Chicken, Chicken & Waffles, Adelaide
Chicken & Waffles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While the name of The Sando may suggest a sandwich, the use of a brioche bun made it resemble a burger. The medium level of spiciness that we chose for the fried chicken thigh provided a good amount of heat without being too overwhelming. Some crunch was provided by the coleslaw and the pickles imparted a hint of tanginess. We chose to have the cheese served on the side and it provided a bit of relief from the heat.

Cheekies Hot Chicken, The Sando, Adelaide
The Sando (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Those visiting during lunchtime can enjoy various lunchtime specials which are all priced at $15. It can get quite busy so arriving early or booking ahead is advised to avoid having to wait too long for a seat.
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When: Lunch: Weds – Sat: 11am – 2.30pm, Dinner: Weds – Sat: 5pm - late
Where: 1/86 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA
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