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Fried Chicken Craving!

pickymama Aug 9, 2007 07:24 PM

I developed a serious craving for fried chicken after watching Bobby Flay's Throwdown last night. Went to Popeye's for a quick fix, but I'm sure there must be better fried chicken makers out there. Suggestions? Thanks.

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    jen2202 Aug 9, 2007 07:35 PM

    I've heard that Mary Bown's is the best chain wise, but other than that I'm not sure.

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    1. re: jen2202
      wiki Aug 9, 2007 07:45 PM

      Popeye's - the one on Overlea is Halal & it's great. Pick up the potato thingy from Bamiyan next door (Afghan) and you have a perfect meal.

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      deepcreek Aug 10, 2007 06:49 AM

      It's been discussed on this board before, I think... but what about Ajuker Fried Chicken on Bloor east of Christie? You can have it either 'naked' or with a delicious sticky salty-sweet-spicy Korean sauce. Cheap too!

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      1. re: deepcreek
        sumashi Aug 10, 2007 10:32 AM

        here's one of the threads:


        i like deepcreek's suggestion of Ajuker, but i don't agree that it's cheap :D !

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        childofthestorm Aug 10, 2007 08:22 AM

        On Queen St. E., Chick N' Joy is great. Or Cajun Corner for Louisiana style.

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          zengirl18 Aug 10, 2007 11:20 AM

          Alberts Real Jamaican Food on St Clair at Vaughn used to have fabulous fried chicken - great flavour, crispy, not greasy and very juicy. It's great with rice and peas and some oxtail gravy....

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            pickymama Aug 10, 2007 11:37 AM

            Thanks for the info. Haven't tried Korean fried chicken before. What's the difference between this kind and the traditional buttermilk kind?

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            1. re: pickymama
              sumashi Aug 10, 2007 04:05 PM

              Did you read that thread I linked to?
              We kind of mentioned what the difference might be... maybe different batter, cooking method and the sauce...

            2. mainja Aug 10, 2007 04:24 PM

              yeah, for me, if I'm craving fried chicken it's Mary Brown's all the way.

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              1. re: mainja
                jennjen18 Aug 10, 2007 05:11 PM

                the best mary browns is the one in oshawa, near the oshawa town centre. interestingly, they're run by koreans. :)

              2. LovelyAsia Aug 10, 2007 04:37 PM

                I feel your pain pickymama - the first time that episode aired, I went on a search and did a comparison of Chick'n'Joy (which had a write up in Toronto Life's Take Out Edition) and bought some KFC (Kentucky - not Korean) and was VERY disappointed - Chick'n'Joy was drier than KFC and the seasonings tasted almost identical!

                If you like Popeye's spicy version, it sounds like the Korean might be a good option.

                I know that I am going to give it a try! It might solve my Fried Chicken Cravings AND my yearning for good Kara age (Japanese style spicy fried chicken)

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                1. re: LovelyAsia
                  c_snapper Aug 10, 2007 11:44 PM

                  i concur to all the whole mary browns recommendations

                2. duckdown Aug 12, 2007 05:46 PM

                  Yea, here in Brampton the Mary Browns reigns supreme..

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                  1. re: duckdown
                    pickymama Aug 12, 2007 08:36 PM

                    Will definitely try Mary Browns. Thanks a bunch. Now I'm just gonna try to finish up the leftover pieces from the Popeyes takeout in the fridge... :)

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