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May 15, 2009 09:18 AM

Church's Chicken.... Anyone??

Following up on the post for Popeye's vs Chick-n-Joy vs KFC I was curious does anyone know where we can get Church's chicken? IMO this is the best fast food fried chicken and it appears we have none in Canada :(

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  1. I remember the days of Church's Chicken in Toronto. When I was a child, my parents would bring me once every few months. But alas, they disappeared. They did come back briefly (partnered geographically with Harvey's) for a few years. Nowadays there are no locations in Toronto that I am aware of.

    There are some in BC. Your best bet might be to drive across the border to Detroit. Last time I was in the city there was a location near the DIA, as well as several others located throughout the city.

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    1. re: daeira

      I remember having at Harvey's as well every weekend with the family. Big pieces of chicken that were so juicy and piping hot, fresh from the fryer. No other fast food chicken comes close, in my opinion.

      1. re: LTL

        I crave the fried okra side too. That's a shame it didn't work out with the Harvey's partnership.

        1. re: abigllama

          IIRC, the reason Church's didn't "work out" with Harvey's had nothing to do with the quality or success of the chicken (our location in Richmond Hill was always out of chicken, and we had to wait 10-15 minutes every time for them to cook it fresh - of course, the time lost waiting was worth it to get the chicken piping hot from the fryer!), but more to the fact that the owner of both Harvey's and Swiss Chalet, Cara Foods, thought it made more sense to open locations with both brands, and not support a competitive chicken franchise. Probably not a bad business decision on Cara's part, but an unfortunate one for those of us who like Swiss Chalet for what it is, but also loved Church's for its wonderful chicken.

          BTW, in many locations in Ohio and Michigan, Church's shares locations with White Castle - nothing like ordering four sliders to go with a two piece chicken dinner!

          1. re: abigllama

            I too dreamed of the fried okra for many years until I bought a deep fryer. I still can't get over how easy it is to reproduce.

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        1. There is one at St. Clair and Dufferein St. :D! I passed by it but haven't gotten a chance to go in, thankfully this poster (in the link) noted the intersection!

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          1. re: TastyCheese

            The spicy is so good!!! The biscuits pale in comparison to Popeyes though.

          2. I've never tried it, but TastyCheese is right...there is a location @ St Clair and Dufferin. I just drove by it today

            St Clair Restaurant
            69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

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            1. re: kwass

              Yep - big place - very clean and chicken is always fresh - not like some popeyes.

              1. re: kwass

                Could this be true? Am I reading correctly?

                This is pretty exciting for me. I haven't had Church's chicken in a few years. I wonder if this means that they're trying to expand into Ontario again.

                1. re: daeira

                  I know. It's pretty exciting. One caveat - the wings are normal now - they no longer have the chunk of breast meat attached. The chicken is still brined and super tasty through and through.