Colonial Cottage’s fried chicken has remained a community favorite during COVID-19
Thanks to COVID-19, a lot of things have changed at Colonial Cottage. The Erlanger restaurant reduced its capacity, added plexiglass partitions between each booth, started new cleaning procedures and adjusted its menu thank to the pandemic. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is its fried chicken.
“It’s a very simple recipe, there’s not a lot of ingredients, but it’s the consistency of it,” says owner Matt Grimes.
That consistency has paid off—Colonial Cottage was just voted Best Fried Chicken in NKY for the ninth year in row.
“We try to make sure that we always have fresh chicken. We start with fresh, nonfrozen chicken and we do our best to prepare it consistently. It doesn’t stay around the restaurant, it doesn’t sit out,” says Grimes.
While chicken has always been an important part of the Colonial Cottage menu, it’s grown even more important during COVID-19. Grimes says that, during quarantine, about half of his weekly sales could be attributed to fried chicken.
“There’s no doubt in my mind the biggest comfort food item that there is—in this area anyway—is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. People needed that comfort, they needed that security and that dish certainly became security for a lot of people,” he adds.
With the restaurant again open for those who would like to dine in, Colonial Cottage is continuing to serve lots of fried chicken. Mondays and Tuesdays are the restaurant’s designated chicken nights—beginning at 11 a.m., the restaurant has fresh fried chicken ready to go. You can still order fried chicken throughout the week, of course, but it will be made to order and may take 20 to 25 minutes. However, Grimes says that people are always welcome to call and order ahead so it’s ready when they to get to the restaurant.
“We’re happy to do that,” he says.
Colonial Cottage also has plenty of other options for those not wanting chicken. Grimes says the restaurant is known for its use of goetta, as it originated the goetta nachos and has many other goetta items on its menu. Its omelets also remain the most popular dish on Sundays.
While the restaurant has reduced its capacity for dining in, it is continuing to offer carry out and online ordering through the Toast Takeout app. “We do want and need and encourage people to eat out and when they do think local,” says Grimes. And, for many, there may be no better place for local comfort food than Colonial Cottage.
Colonial Cottage, 3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger. 513-334-2156. M-Th, Sa: 7 a.m.-8 p.m., F: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Su: 7 a.m-2 p.m.