Sure. There are some great Chicken Parmas in the pubs in the north of Melbourne. And some of the locals in the south know how to stick a chick. But if you're anywhere near Melbourne and are after the best, you have to make the drive to the Commercial Hotel in Alexandra.
The Commercial Hotel in Alexandra, which sits on the commercial corner of the main street, serves a total of 40 Chicken Parmas. You heard right; 40 Parmas.
So, if you had one different parma per day, and one is probably enough for a day, it would be half way through the next month before you could try your favourite again.
That is 40 Parmas of totally different recipe and constitution. And that is the first time the word "constitution" has been used when reviewing Chicken Parmas.
There's a dish for every diner. Such as the Wedgie Parma, that is stacked with wedges under the cheese. There's the Obama Parma, for the olive lovers out there. There's the sort of racist parma called the Jackie Chan, which kicks green curry noodles on top of the chicken (I know what you're thinking, but it tastes divine). What a mish mash. Oh, and they serve some of them with mash between the two staples of chicken and cheese. And of course there are vegetarian topping options, if, you know, you can forget about ingredients lying on a bed of chicken.
Oh, the chicken. How many times have you gone in for a parma and a pot and really just received a slither of schnitzel and cheese? At the Alexandra Hotel, your chicken breast is as thick as a salad sandwich, and fills you up for the day.
If you want the true parma challenge, and many of you do, feast your eyes on the Double Banger. It's essentially a parma sandwich where the parmas are the slices of bread and inside the sandwich is all sorts of heart-stopping stuff, plus some bacon for good measure. It's a mountain of meat. The last time somebody tried to mount the mountain the hotel had to have a plumber on standby for a week.
Look, the décor is as country as you'd expect. The staff are cute clichés and, like most country pubs, there isn't much on the drinks menu that will get you excited. But you go there for a parma, and that's all. And after spending less than $30 and finally lifting your chicken-filled comatose self to leave, you want to go straight back.