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iso great fried chicken

i am looking for that blend of crispy and juicy.

it has been years since i had great fried chicken - and that was at someones place - never been able to find it anywhere else.

not looking for buckets of grease or anything fancy - just good honest fried chicken with a hint of spice (and/or sweet).

do we have this in our fair city or shall i have to wait for a trip south?

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  1. I've enjoyed the fried chicken at Harlem, Stockyards, and The Drake all within the span of the last two months. Been on a bit of a bender I guess.

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    1. If a Toronto restaurant won't give you that great southern juicy crispness, this will:
      http://www.chow.com/stories/11719
      The secret is slow frying, in a pan.

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      1. re: jayt90

        That chef uses soybean oil, I say use vegetable shortening. You'll get fantastic results.

      2. I like Chick'N'Joy on Queen East, a block or two west of Coxwell on the South side. They're right near the streetcard yard on Connaught and you see a lot of TTC drivers go in. The fries are good but nothing special; it's the chicken I like. Not too greasy, crisp skin and thin batter with just a litle bit of seasoning and the meat is always juicy. My test for fried chicken is whether it's still appetizing eaten cold out of the fridge the next morning. With Chick'N'Joy, sometimes there isn't any left to make it to the next morning :-) They've got a couple of other locations further east into Scarborough, and apparently their fluorescent yellow chip sauce is famous, though I have no desire to try it. If you go there often enough, they'll start to slip extra pieces into your order.

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        1. re: SpupEh

          I swear that mysterious gravy is cream of chicken soup.

          1. re: sbug206

            really? it looks like velveeta or something. *shudder* I'm too skerred to order it to find out what it actually tastes like.

            1. re: SpupEh

              The gravy is truly bland, and the chips vary from place to place, but usually hand cut. The chicken is good for the price, keeping in mind this is a take off on the Colonel, and that means they use a pressure-cooked deep fryer, not as good as pan fried southern chicken.

        2. Upon the recommendations of fellow chowhounders, I had the fried chicken from the Stockyard. It was great! They make it to order so it takes around 15-20 min. I was getting it to go and it stayed crispy and hot until I ate it. It is not cheap (I think $12 or so) but you get a HUGE portion. Enough for two to share. My only complaint is the sauce on the side: they gave me hot sauce. I do not like hot sauce with my fried chicken, I prefer honey or nothing. But really, that is just me being nit-picky.

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          1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

            I love honey with fried chicken! I thought I was the only one.

            Would definitely have to give Stockyards a try.

            1. re: TOchowgal

              thanks for this info - stockyards is likely the closest so will try that first.

              1. re: TOchowgal

                honey and fried chicken is quite popular in the southern USA. My friend's mom in abilene texas makes an awesome fried chicken where she flavours the honey with red chili flakes.

            2. For me the ranking goes:

              1. Harlem
              2. Popeyes
              3. Stockyards

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              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                Agree on Harlem's fried chicken - tasty!

                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                  I ilke Popeye's. I seem to be in the minority.

                  1. re: zeva

                    I'm a popeyes fan myself - the spicy chicken is great

                2. Recently tried the fried chicken at Allen's. It was like $16 or $17 and was pretty bland. Portion size wasn't great, and the collard greens were in this weird tomato sauce. Cornbread was nothing special either. Next time, it's burgers and fries only at Allen's.

                  1. stockyards to date is my fave. big pieces of chicken, crispy golden fried and not as greasy as usual. the fries that comes with are good too.

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                    1. re: ttran88

                      Had a Big Mary sandwich from Mary Brown's in Mississauga last weekend that was very good.