The Broaster chicken from Country Roads Cafe in Lehigh Acres. / Amy Sowder/The News-Press
Q: My friends and I are wondering if there is a restaurant in Fort Myers that serves Broaster chicken? We ate at (Country Roads Cafe) in Lehigh and it was wonderful but a bit of a drive. We were able to get chicken prepared this way in Wisconsin where we are from.
A: My first encounter with Broaster chicken was at the Alva Country Diner, which is no closer than Lehigh (so not much help). But having tasted the crunchy, pressure-fried goodness that is Broaster I understand your yearning. The Broaster Co. sells its trademarked, pressurized fryers and proprietary marinades and breadings to select restaurants willing to pay to become licensed in the Broaster method of chicken frying. The process is said to lock in juices and lock out grease. The times Iíve had it, it tasted like well-made fried chicken Ė which is to say delicious. But back to your question: Iíve seen Broaster chicken on the menu at The Cadillac (16641 San Carlos Blvd., south Fort Myers; 267-4132; bestwebspot.com). And, after putting the question to my Facebook page, I learned First Round Draft in Cape Coral (1217 Del Prado Blvd. S.; 673-9010; frdcape.com) serves it too. The Cape is somewhat closer than Lehigh. And a $2 toll for good fried chicken seems a small sacrifice.
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