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The waving chicken had been beckoning travelers on the VFW Parkway (which some of you might remember as Rte. 1) in West Roxbury for ages. One guess what Fontaine's served until it closed in late August, 2004 (to be replaced by some sort of yuppie place).


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One of my friends (who actually loves this place) calls it the "whack-off chicken".

Posted by Dave on December 12, 2002 11:26 AM.

the famous chicken

Posted by ac on May 15, 2003 03:14 PM.

i call it the "flickin chicken"

Posted by ah on June 23, 2003 12:28 PM.

Being a 32 year resident of West Roxbury, the most common name among the 30 somethings is the "masturbating chicken."

And they not only serve chicken, but they have ribs and seafood too....the Adam and Eve special is my recommendation, fried chicken and melt in your mouth ribs.

Oh, one other note....they make the world's BEST onion rings!!!

Posted by Jim on August 22, 2003 11:53 AM.

I grew up in Dorchester and enjoyed dining at Fontaine's with my family quite frequently. That was many years ago. You can always count on your meal being as good as the last time you were there, which can't be said about many places. That's probably why Fontaine's is still here. It's a landmark! Never had any better fried chicken or onion rings. They're the absolute best, and I can attest to it's consistant quality for over 40 years.

Posted by joyce weiner fleming on October 9, 2003 08:13 PM.

Fontaine's is truly one of the last best restaurants in the city of Boston. Not only has it been open for 57 years, but also, it has maintained its consistency throughout the years.
If you are looking for a great place to eat with good food, prices, and atmosphere, Fontaine's is the place to go.

Posted by mayor t\homas menino on December 3, 2003 08:17 PM.

I am 53 yrs old. I remember my mom taking out food from Fontaines starting when I was about 5 years old. George, the orignal owner who opened it in I believe 1946, still comes in every day although he handed over all management duties to a management team. The food is still good but some say it has changed a bit in taste when the new management took over. They hired all new cooks and I believe that was a big mistake. They redid the interior and I hate the hard wooden chairs ont the bar side. Prices are not the cheapest, but the portions are good. They need to improve their bloody marys though. George used to make a good one. Now they dont have a clue how to make a good bloody mary. I have heard some comments that the fried chicken is not what it used to be, but I believe it is still reasonably good. They just did over the flickin chicken sign again---a true landmark.

Posted by John on January 11, 2004 04:27 PM.

I grew up in Readville; we used to get takeout from Fontaine's when I was a kid...as an adult, I introduced so many people (including my husband) to Fontaine's. The Chicken Imagination was the best!
Alas, we visited there recently and were dismayed to find that nothing tasted the same under the new management...I wish they would go back to how it was.

Posted by Eileen on March 17, 2004 08:36 AM.

Check out there new website at www.eatatfontaines.com

Posted by tom on April 25, 2004 08:10 PM.

I recently visited Fontaines for the first time in a couple of years. I was unsure if I would dine there again because I heard that it was not as good as it used to be. Anyway, I got a coupon in the mail and decieded to try it. I was very pleased! The food was great and the service was even better. We had a very nice young waiter that went out of his way to see that everything was just right. I will definately return.....especially if they offer more coupons!!!

Posted by Pauline on May 11, 2004 08:28 AM.

the best part about that place is that it looks *exactly* the same now as it did the day it opened.

i thought the vfw parkway didn't start until the *other* side of spring street?

Posted by Kathleen on June 18, 2004 07:48 PM.

The end of an era. Fontaine's closing was inevitable, considering the age of the owners, but life without their special chicken baskets, chicken livers, onion rings, banana fritters, and of course rolls .... national franchises will never do for me. July 31, 2004 will be "Black Saturday". Even if legal matters keep them open a few days longer, this is the end. Goodbye my friend.

Posted by nancy on July 31, 2004 03:26 PM.

They had the best honey mustard sause. GoodBye Chicken Man You Will BE MISSED !! August 22,2004 The doors will be closed. Let's all go for one more meal !!

Posted by David on August 20, 2004 10:07 AM.

i love the great Fontaine's. it will be missed.

Posted by arturo on August 20, 2004 10:10 AM.

I had heard rumors of the closing too late to get there for one last meal. My family used to drive from Dorchester for just about every special occasion. Father's day, Dad's birthday, etc. It was my Dad's favorite restaurant. It has been mine too for as long as I can remember.

Is there any chance that the famous fried chicken recipe will be published or re-surface with another restaurant? It would be a shame if all of us who are fans were never able to sample that crispy magic once more.

Posted by Mark on December 7, 2004 01:48 PM.

I heard there is a website with all of the recipes, Any help on that

Posted by Denise Medina on December 11, 2004 11:35 AM.

Fontaines was my favorite restaurant growing up in Dorchester as a kid and then as an adult. I am sad to not be able to have their chicken any longer. Is there any way to obtain their recipe?

Posted by Marilyn on July 11, 2005 02:20 PM.

I made alot of friends working in that kitchen, I'll miss them all.

Posted by Chip on July 19, 2005 04:38 PM.

hi, cannot find any other restaurant out there like it, been going since i was 3, now 56, it used to be topseys, any cook book info???

Posted by alice on August 1, 2005 05:10 PM.

JUST TURNED 55 AND SPENT THE FIRST 14 YRS OF MY LIFE IN WEST ROXBURY... MY MOTHER GREW UP ON BLOCK FROM TOPSY'S AS I ALWAY CALLED IT... I CAN REMEMBER GOING DOWN AND CLEANING THE PARKING LOT JUST TO GET SOME ONION RINGS... THE BEST... THE BONELESS FRIED CHICKEN A DOUBLE ORDER OF ROLLS.. AND A ICE COLD MUG OF BEER ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOR LUNCH WAS JUST GREAT AFTER A NIGHT OUT IN BOSTON IN THE LATE 60'S... DON'T FORGET THE IPSWICH FRIED CLAMS.... WITH THE ONION RINGS, AGAIN WITH THE ONION RINGSSSS.... JUST GREAT!!!!!! MOVED TO FLORIDA.... 34 YRS AGO AND EVERYTIME I GO TO BOSTON.... MY FIRST STOP IS TOPSY'S.... I'LL MISS YOU... AND, WHO HAS THE RECIPES?????? I'LL BUY THE BOOK TODAY... SEND A REPLY.... PLEASE....

Posted by BILL CHALIFOUX on November 23, 2005 04:49 PM.

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