Results of Last Night's Fried Chicken Throw Down Between Noca and FnB

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Courtesy of Noca's Facebook page
Who won the featherweight fried chicken championship?
Last night was the EPIC Fried Chicken Throw Down between Noca and FnB, held at Noca -- which, it could be argued, makes for home field advantage, but never mind. No one here is suggesting fowl play.

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The hype leading up to this blitzkrieg of the birds was protracted and more than a little goofy: a tiny poster on both restaurant's Facebook pages shows two drumsticks duking it out like boxers in a ring. Their classification? Featherweight, of course.

And then there was the promotional video . . .

But, of course, all that was just delicious build-up for the event itself because, at last, after all the breast jokes and posturing, there was fried chicken to eat. This was where the rubber would meet the road, which the chicken would cross (or something like that).

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FnB's Charleen Badman and Sacha Levine
Charleen Badman (billed as "Badass Badman" for the fight, er, throwdown) and her trusty assistant Sacha Levine took the end spot toward the windows in Noca's long exhibition kitchen.

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Noca's kitchen crew having a little fun

Noca's crew stayed at the other end, while Claudio "Italian Stallion" Urciuoli planted himself in the middle, turning out pastas for the 20 (possibly oblivious) folks who showed up for the regular menu.

He also made creamy mac and cheese (loved the sturdy rotelle pasta) as an $8 add-on, which felt like a slightly odd mash-up of classic American and classic Italian.

Reservations were booked weeks in advance, and over the course of five hours, 155 fried chicken fanatics showed up to taste-test the birds.

Location Info


3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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