Restaurant Buck (Paris)

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Serving the best fried chicken in Paris? That’s the audacious challenge taken on by Balthus Levin, the Levha sisters’ former protégé, and Alexandre Slama, an ex-computer engineer. After selling their goods from a dark kitchen and frying up chicken for a handful of events, the duo opened up a brick-and-mortar shop in the 11th arrondissement, complete with orange details and a white waxed concrete interior. The night we went, we savored their highly-anticipated fried chicken: a tantalizing combo featuring a chicken tender, a drumstick and a thigh, all wrapped up in a kosher breading made with lactose-free buttermilk (the house’s secret recipe); and to go with it all, a side of insanely crispy sweet potato fries, served with your choice of homemade dipping sauce (we opted for the smoky chipotle mayonnaise), along with a delicious little brioche bun (sourced from Le Bread Shop) and chicken broth. But what if you’re vegetarian? They’ve got you covered with fried oyster mushrooms, available as tenders or served in burger form. // Marise Effouet

FEELING THIRSTY? An assortment of low-intervention wines (Raisins Nouveaux, a Muscadet from Jo Landron at €7 a glass, a Beaujolais from Raphaël Chopin at €28 a bottle), or a Beavertown Neck Oil session IPA (€7 for 330 ml).

PRICE: Combos €16-24, buckets €29-39 (6-10 pieces, 3 sauces and 2 buns), sides €4.50.

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