Chicken Charlie: Pinoy-Style Double-Fried Chicken

Although double-fried chicken places have been sprouting everywhere in the Metro, I still can't and won't get enough of trying them out. So after sampling the famous BonChon and Manang's, this time I went to Eastwood to finally get a taste of Chicken Charlie.
Chicken Charlie Eastwood

The success behind Chicken Charlie is undeniably very inspiring. Owned by the young entrepreneur Ifore Yu, who's still in his mid-20s, he named his restaurant after his dad, Charlie. To his surprise, what started out to be a humble spot in Quezon City back in 2010, eventually grew by word of mouth. And today, Chicken Charlie already has branches scattered in Metro Manila, as well as one in Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

Chicken Charlie Counter Chicken Charlie Delivers

As for the branch we visited in Eastwood Citywalk 2, the place was not big but not too small either. Located near the cinemas, the branch has a seating capacity of about forty-four. However, it was not the size that mattered much but the overall feel. The chicken spot has an orange and white color scheme with a trendy side-lit backdrop and a few refreshing plant décor, giving off a young and hip vibe which I definitely dig.

Chicken Charlie Menu Chicken Charlie Meals

Although there's also a restaurant of the same name in the United States, our country's own Chicken Charlie is a hundred percent Philippine-born. And aside from its success story and fresh interiors, another thing special in this chicken establishment is of course, the double-fried chicken which can be ordered as a value meal, or a la carte.

The Food

Chicken Charlie may be a chicken place, but they also serve other food items. So before we got on with the chicken, we first had a taste of some of the sides.

Fries P39

Being a potato lover, I was glad that we could have some French Fries (P39). I know fries will always be just fries, but Chicken Charlie's has a feat I was quite impressed of. Aside from being non-greasy, these potato treats stayed crunchy even after a while.

Wedges P55

We also had a serving of Wedges (P55) which are as non-greasy as the fries. Although made from potatoes as well, these treats are more flavorful with a delicately crisp skin. Every bite unlocks a combination of salty, peppery and herby flavors which I really love.

Cheesestick Dynamite P83

We were able to try a serving of Cheesestick Dynamites (P83) too, green chili peppers filled with cheesy goodness and then encased in a crispy fried wrapper. Although I don't find chili pepper items enticing, I admit that I fell in love with these cheesy dynamites. They were crunchy and very cheesy making them really enjoyable to munch. I personally didn't find them spicy too, so even non-spicy food lovers can enjoy these treats.

6pcs Wings P175

After enjoying some of the sidings, it was time to get to the really good part. The double-fried chicken in Chicken Charlie may come in soy-garlic or hot-sweet sauce, and are available in portions of wings, drumsticks or a combination of both. And while some of our companions enjoyed their tasty and crispy 6-Piece Soy-Garlic Wings (P175), I was more into the 6-Piece Soy-Garlic Drumsticks (P345).

6pcs Drumstick P345

Chicken wings are always the most flavorful and sinful parts of a chicken. However, at Chicken Charlie, even the drumsticks are as tender and as succulent which separates it from other double-fried chicken places which offer flavorful chicken skin with dry chicken meat. And don't get me started with the soy-garlic drenched skin! Although I like BonChon's soy-garlic sauce, Chicken Charlie's has a distinct sweet and savory flavor which I oh-so-love. The sauce is also well-incorporated to the crispy skin, making eating with your bare hands less messy and oh-so-enjoyable.

The Drink and Dessert

The double-fried chicken at Chicken Charlie is very satisfying that you can opt to leave out drinks and desserts, and just settle for plain ol' water. However, since the chicken house offers beverages and sweet treats I'm not acquainted to, I decided to try them out.

Bundaberg P90 Charlie's Pops in Apple-Yakult P38

Chicken Charlie offers the usual iced tea and soft drinks as beverages. However, they also carry Bundaberg which is an Australian brand of brewed drinks. And of course, being the lover of things I haven't tried yet, I ordered the Bundaberg Apple Ale (P90). Although the bottle dictates this drink as alcoholic, it actually isn't. In fact, it's also a soft drink even if it may taste a little bitter upon your first few sips. When your palate gets used to the slight bitterness though, you'd get to taste its crisp and sweet apple flavors.

For dessert, I had Charlie's Pops in Apple-Yakult (P38). Although I dig Yakult, I usually don't fancy them in my drinks or desserts. However, this is an exception. The ice cream pop has a sorbet-like consistency while still being creamy. The apple-Yakult flavor also tastes great as it isn't too tart as I expected, but quite sweet with a hint of a tang.

THE VERDICT

This visit to Chicken Charlie had successfully rekindled my love for fried chicken. Among the double-fried chicken places I got to try, Chicken Charlie had the crispiest chicken skin while still being as flavorful. The hip and fresh interiors also got me sold. And with a generally reasonable pricing, plus delivery even within Eastwood's cinemas, I'm sure to visit Chicken Charlie again on my next Eastwood trip.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Chicken Charlie, Eastwood
4/F Cinema Level, Eastwood Citywalk 2
Libis, Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines
(0927) 366-0339
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50 comments:

  1. i love the soy garlic flavor in fried chicken, chicken charlie has to add in my resto hop list :)

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  2. Hmm, a nice place to satisfy your chicken meal cravings :) Love the quirky chairs! HAHA :) Prices are quite affordable too :))

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  3. I have to go back to Chicken Charlie soon! There's another Filipino owned double fried chicken, Clucky's in Rockwell Ortigas. You have to check it out too!

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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    1. I'll be trying out Clucky's soon! :D I think Clucky's menu is more Korean-inspired than Pinoy or American (like Chicken Charlie's) though.. :)

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  4. you never fail me to show beautiful resto, i so love their pink, orange and white combination. I hope i can have the chance to try their chicken too, as it looks really yummy. Now, i'm wondering, why your still sexy despite the fact that you love to eat. I envy you that much :)

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    1. Nah, I'm far from being sexy. I used to be super skinny before I started food blogging, but now I keep on getting bigger and bigger :( I'm actually starting a no-rice diet now, and hopefully I'll get to exercise regularly too.

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  5. the apple yakult pop looks interesting. maybe i should try that at home. hmmm....

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  6. Wow the place is cozy, and the food is yummy looking. I am craving now.

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  7. looks sumptuous! i like my fried chicken spicy too...and the apple-yakult pop looks interesting. I'm not a fan of yakult and this might just convince me

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  8. looks yummy and they have friendly prices. im happy it's just in eastwood. must check it out soon!

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  9. It always interest me t try Chicken Charlie and after reading your post I think I have to asap in their branch in San Juan :)

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  10. If you didn't mention it, I would still be thinking that this is the American Chicken Charlie. :)

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    1. I actually thought they're a franchise of the American Chicken Charlie too, but apparently they're not.. ^^

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  11. I love eating chicken. I've never tried Chicken Charlie though but have heard of them. One of these days I will.

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  12. Uy i want to try that charlie's pops! :)

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  13. I like the bright ambiance of the place. It feels light on the eyes and the chicken looks mouthwatering.

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  14. Glad there's a Chicken Charlie in our neighborhood just a stone's throw away from Serenitea and lotsa dining places!
    They are very similar with BonChon, I like them both :) Bundaberg Sarsaparilla is the best!

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    1. Will try the Bundaberg Sarsaparilla next time! :D I'm not sure though what flavor that is, and how it tastes like.. ^^

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  15. My first and only Chicken Charlie experience was at their Greenhills branch. I really enjoyed the food especially since it was the first time I tried the double fried chicken concept. My favorite though was the cheesy dynamite! I wouldn't normally touch green peppers but it was so good with the cheese! I'm so happy their in Eastwood and Katipunan na. Don't have to go far to have their chicken. Plus, I want that green yakult popsicle! Yummeeeh! :D

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    1. The cheesestick dynamites are so good, no? Now that you mention it, I suddenly craved tuloy!

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  16. I miss cheese stick!! That was like my staple snack during college days. lol! Mura kase. But I'm sure this one taste better...Matitikman ko din yan sa sunod na bakasyon. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Oh man, that's interesting! But, why is it so faaaar? ; w ; The beau and I are sucker for non-greasy fries!

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  18. There's so many nice restos in Eastwood but it's too far from me! Looks yummy! Gosh wanna try but arg maybe when I'm in the area and I remember haha! Thanks for sharing. Yummy photos! Haha!

    Best,
    Earthlingorgeous

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  19. There's one in Cebu? YEY!!!! I'm going to try it out. Sophia is fan of chicken :)

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  20. I love Chicken Charlie! The San Juan store is our fave place for take-outs.:)

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  21. I'd like to try some potato wedges!:)

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  22. I love their cheesestix and the soy garlic chicken.

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  23. I like how the fried chicken looks, it is not greasy ,crunchy skin .Cheese stick is worth a try and the price is not bad at all.

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  24. Oh Ale? cool! wanna try that someday! :D

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  26. Those chickens!!!! I'm drooooooling!!!!

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  27. Fan of chicken here! Wanna try that. Lahat na ata natikman ko na mapa inasal, adobo, etc! :D

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  28. First time I gone on their Wilson Branch, Im a bit disappointed. I bought one of their value meal like menu, And I was surprised to see the sizes of the chicken. So Small. I didnt even have the chance to taste it, Liit kasi, halos isang kagat lang ubos na.


    Oh well, maybe its not a good day that time for me, or is it ?

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  29. Chicken and fries that will be fine for me. Do they have a branch at ATC, Alabang Town Center. Ito yung malapit sa amin or sa Festival.

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  30. sarap sa rapsa! wanna go there!

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  31. I wanna try their chicken and compare them to other fasfood resto who also serve fried chicken

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  32. Tried Chicken Charlie once before, wasn't super impressed with the Soy Garlic Chicken - found it a bit dry... or perhaps it was just the branch in ATC? :( Giving it the benefit of the doubt though, so will try CC in another branch soon.

    The other items on their list sure sounds interesting too, like the cheese stick dynamites. :)

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  33. thanks for the review want to try their potato wedges, dynamites and chicken!!

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  34. OMG! i want to go to this place..they have wedges, and all the fries..love it!

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  35. The cheesestick dynamite looks so dynamitey! :)

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  36. I'm a chicken lover, i'll definitely love this satisfying and mouth watering flavorful chicken..

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  37. i'm actually in love with Bonchon's chicken, but this just looks very much enticing..=)

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  38. I soooo love chicken & Chicken Charlie is one of my favorite stops, they have the best chicken plus they have my favorite - wedges, fries & cheesesticks!!! Chicken Charlie have it all!!

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  39. I wanna try the Charlie POPS yakult flavor. i wonder how it taste?

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  40. I tried Chicken Charlie, but i wasn't satisfied with the Soy Garlic Chicken.. for me, its too dry and too tasty.

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  41. Nice branding, simple, neat and elegant. Chicken is really a forever need its just sad that most of our chickens are forcefully hatch in order to sustain the growing need.

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