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Spatch Downtown (Flagler Village)

Spatch

468 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33301
954 338-2600
Overall Rating
2.4
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
06/15/2018

Details

Hours: 10a-11p
Attire: Casual
Parking: Private Lot and Free Garage
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only
Has WiFi: Yes
WiFi Password: None - you have to give them a fake email to get in
Outside Dining: Sort of

Pros

Hip Decor
Cool Takeout Bags

Cons

Chicken isn't very Good
Hot Sauce isn't Hot

Insider Tips

Rotisserie Chickens next door are Better

Critic's Review

I was parked 50 feet from the place when I went to Fresh Market, so I decided to get some chicken. I eat a lot of chicken, so it's difficult to get excited about it. But I tried the other location when they first opened and I owed it to them to see if they've gotten any better.

Inside the place is very rectangular; menu on the wall, music blaring; a fast food restaurant with nicer furniture.

Spatch Counter

I was surprise there was anyone else there at 4:40p on a Friday. Some people eat early I guess.

Spatch Interior

The place reminds me of Burger Fi.

They're all in on the saucy station; I was astonished on my visit to their first location to find that the hot sauce wasn't hot. Maybe they've fixed the problem?

Spatch Sauce Bar

While I waited I fiddled with my phone; the wifi here has an annoying login where they ask for you email. Why annoy your customers with such nonsense. I'm not giving you my real email address anyway.

I ordered a 1/4 chicken white meat this time with "hot" sauce, and laid out the extra $1 to "upgrade" to sweet potato mash.

They have pretty fancy bags, which I promise you're paying for in the price of the product.

Spatch Bag

When I opened the food, I said to myself "This is a Dinner?". It just didn't seem like much food for $9.35. They didn't give me any extra sauce, so I guess you just get when they brush on the chicken? I should have gotten some cause at the Saucy bar, but I thought I'd get a container with my take out. They're very cheap with the sauce!

Spatch Quarter White with Sweet Potato Mash

I tried the sweet potato mash first; the word I'd use is addictive. Just the right amount of sweetness. I'll swirl some butter into this when I reheat this and it will be even better. Not sure why I had to pay an extra $1 for it though; What's in here, 1/2 a yam? Most places don't charge more for sweet potato fries and there's nothing to a mash other than some liquid.

Spatch Quarter White Meat

The chicken had a citrusy flavor; the hot sauce has absolutely no heat. NONE. The flavor of the sauce only makes it about 1/4" deep; most of the breast is just dry and flavorless. What's interesting is that the sauce doesn't play well with salt. When I salted the meat, it seemed to make the sauce taste bad. Not that there was any sauce on the chicken.

Unlike the chicken I got at the other location, this chicken was cooked through; however it was quite dry. The trick of cooking the chicken properly and still having it be moist has not yet been mastered by Spatch.

I can get a whole chicken better than this for the same price, and then I can put actually hot sauce on it if that's what I want. Why buy this stuff?

Conclusion

If you want to sell citrus grilled chicken fine; but don't advertise the sauce as being made with super hot peppers if your sauce has no heat. I'm astonished that nobody in this restaurant group understands this simple concept.

I rarely order chicken out because it's too easy to make cutlets at home or to just pick up a rotisserie chicken; for the same price I get 4x as much chicken plus 2 quarts of stock. I can't think of a reason that I'd ever come in this place again.

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Administrator
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Another Restaurant People idea bites the dust. They tried to copy Meatball Kitchen, then Nando's. True visionaries.
Administrator
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Whole Foods is now selling spatchcocked chickens in the rotisserie section. You'll have to supply your own Peri-Peri sauce.
Todd
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That Peri-Peri chicken idea was a real winner, eh?
Administrator
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They used the 'S' word on Murphy Brown, confusing their audience in the same way TRP has confused Fort Lauderdale.
Linda
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9.49 for 7 wings? do I get blue cheese with that? I thought this was fast food? That's a nice sports bar price.

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