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The legend of the fried chicken businessmen in Belize

The Simmons family members try to make up their minds - $3 or $5 fry chicken?

Three months in Belize with my ears open to all things food, I found myself revisiting what I came to know as the “Fry Chicken Legend.”

The story goes like this: Two executive businessmen from the XYZ country came to Belize to scope out the possibility of opening the ABC fried chicken chain. (You can insert your favorite enterprising country and food chain as you see fit.)

The executives toured around Belize extensively, eating at the local fry chicken restaurants, sampling the cuts of meat and documenting the price,  process and suppliers.  After one week in country, they packed their bags and left, abandoning any plans they had to open their franchise.

Why may you ask did these singularly fixated entrepreneurs jump ship, when the country is fertile with fry chicken lovers?  Well, they said, ” We can’t compete with the Belizeans in either Chinese or Kriol run stores.  Its too good and we can’t compete with the low prices.  We would never make it here.”

Fried Chicken in Belize is something of a marvel: everyone eats it and it is cheap, fresh and satisfying. Both Belizean and the newer, Chinese-run restaurants pepper the entire country. Belizeans  love it served with ketchup and a steak sauce gravy- the whole mixture, swimmingly ladled over a bed of french fries, or served aside mounds of fluffy mashed potatoes.

You order it by the monetary amount, a full platter is, “Five dollah fry chicken” equivalent to $2.50 US, and includes a breast, thigh and wing or leg.

The mask on the wall at Syd's in Caye Caulker provides a character backdrop for the ultimate scrumptious platters of fried chicken laid before you.

Top two “Fry Chicken” picks in Belize – We came by this list honestly, eating all over Belize. We know that there are those of you who will tell us that we “missed out on the XYZ shop or ABC restaurant.”  All I can say is, “Bring it on!”  We love fried chicken and will go anywhere for a good plate.

1.) Syd’s in Caye Caulker: Located on the middle street, one block from the eastern shore of the island, Syd’s is a much beloved, (and deservedly so) family restaurant.  For $5BZD you can get the basic plate, or for $9, you get the chicken platter with sides.  the girls were converts and did not speak as they licked the plate clean. Mark left a pile of dust and bones – His face and fingers glistened and all I heard was a crunchy-smack -nom-nom coming from his side of the table.  Syd’s was budget friendly before it became a travel tagline.

2.) Kick Down the Fence – Dean Street, Belize City.  With two locations, one in a funky section of town, the other, in a really funky part of town, its best to go in a group – even better if you are with the locals.  Kick Down has the king of all crusts and a gravy that would make you consider using the chicken skin alone as a utensil to sop it up.  Open up a box of fresh Kick Down chicken, and you will experience the Pied-Piper of all foods.  The name tells you exactly what you will want to do to get it.

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Close runners up?  Let us know your thoughts and post the locations below:

Kristin Fuhrmann Simmons

12 thoughts on “The legend of the fried chicken businessmen in Belize

  1. Someone recommended Syd’s chicken on Caye Caukler so we had to go sample it. It was the best tasting chicken we have ever had and you certainly can’t beat the price. But I must also remark about the service–we got there only 15 minutes before closing and they were very happy to serve us anyway. Definitely will be visiting Syd’s every trip to Belize!!!

    • That is so good to hear. We thought that our waitress was very fast an accommodating. I am so glad you liked it and keep spreading the word! Thanks for reading!

  2. Oh God Kristin… this gave me flash backs of all the fried chicken I ate in Belize! I actually loved the fried chicken wings of Chan’s Fast Food in Caye Caulker. :)

    • We did not try Chan’s – I have heard form so many people that it is a great place to stop – especially after a long day on the water. I will have to get a box-o-wings and settle into the CC Plaza air conditioning/cable tv after my next outing there!

    • I have to try Chan’s I have heard its great – especially at the end of the day when you are coming off a boat/scuba/snorkel trip and just wan to sack out in the air conditioning in your hotel. Thanks for reading – and eating!

  3. Great posting. I’m here in CC now and about to head back to the U.S. One of our must have meals was fried chicken in Belize. Syd’s is great as usual and at 9 BZD it’s a freaking steal. We also like the fried chicken at Rainbow Bar & Grill. The lowest price we saw was at Chan’s Fast Food/Pirates… At 8 BZD for a platter.

    If you’re interested, my posting on Caye Caulker from last year. Cheers!

  4. Great posting. I’m here in CC now and about to head back to the U.S. One of our must have meals was fried chicken in Belize. Syd’s is great as usual and at 9 BZD it’s a freaking steal. We also like the fried chicken at Rainbow Bar & Grill. The lowest price we saw was at Chan’s Fast Food/Pirates… At 8 BZD for a platter.

    If you’re interested, my posting on Caye Caulker from last year. Cheers!

    http://www.eatdrinknbmerry.com/2011/08/19/caye-caulker-belize-life-at-the-pace-of-however-youd-like-it-to-be/

    • I am sorry I did not see this post sooner! We love CC too and loved the Rainbow. You are absolutely correct in that it is a great value and is also a crowd pleaser. Chan’s is owned by my friend’s family and they have a serious belief about value and being able to afford an “island life.” Thanks for mentioning these places. Cheers and keep me posted about your food adventures in BZ!

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