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Sep 11, 2009 12:29 PM

Southern Style Fried Chicken in Calgary

Dear Chowhounds,

Do I have a challenge for you!

So recently I was reading a foodie book, and the author spoke about the fried chicken he had in the Southern USA.

So my question is, where is the best fried chicken in Calgary?

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  1. chicken karaage I had at O Shima last night was excellent.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      man.... if they only had Popeye's or Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles here

        1. re: John Manzo

          John, was it Southern style ? I am embarrassed to say I like K.F.C. But am slow to trust new places(..the calories and such makes me tone down my cravings to about once a month and I don't want to squander them.) I would love some great Southern Fried chicken!

          1. I wouldn't say its "southern fried" (being a southerner myself) but its damn good...Red Tree in Marda sells fried chicken that is brined, baked and fried. Its lemon buttermilk rosemary and its damn good! You have to call and see if they have it though, they only do small batches. Its also available in Kensington....

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            1. re: messier

              Red Tree, eh? I have to check that out. My current fave for fried chicken right now is Chicken on the Way. I also wish there was a Popeye's in Calgary. And yes, Roscoe's is the best! Chicken and waffles with a side of collard greens...mmm

              1. re: JingJong

                finally went to check out red tree in kensington in search of some fried chicken and it's now closed at that location, with a for lease sign on the window. oh well, went to peppino's as a consolation and picked up some delicious gorgonzola alfredo sauce.

                1. re: theauditor

                  Thanks, no wonder there's no answer when we phone.

                  1. re: theauditor

                    I was in marda loop last week and bought the whole tray...if you get a chance you really should taste it! Its brined and lemony and good...i'm pretty prego so you could probably feed me anything right now, but I'd love to know if someone else loves it as much as I do!

              2. random reply: there's this "Chicken Cottage" I've been driving by... Anyone know if its good?

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                1. re: crigg

                  Yeah, I'm curious about the Chicken Cottage too. I did a quick google, and it seems like it is every where in Europe.

                  I think I'll drop in this week some time

                  1. re: ilikebigmactoo

                    It's good chicken at Chicken Cottage, close to Popeye's or Church's but since it's Halal it's costs a fair bit more. Hage's supermarket on 52nd St and 15th Ave has halal fried chicken and it's surprisingly good for a bit cheaper.

                    I still have frozen Popeye's chicken in the freezer so I haven't had to visit any of these places for a few months but hopefully the quality and taste is still good.

                    1. re: slingshotz

                      I love Cottage Chicken. I hit it once every couple of weeks. Very flavourful and not as greasy as KFC. Their potato wedges are really good as well. I get the lunch special for $6.95 (I think) which includes two pieces of chicken (dark & white), two deep fried hot wings, fries (or wedges) and a medium fountain pop. Great value.

                      1. re: DeeDub

                        Where is this place? It sounds fascinating. I love KFC but the grease destroys me the next day.

                            1. re: cancowboy

                              I will have to remember them the next time I'm in the NE and hungry. Thanks for the link.

                            2. re: DeeDub

                              mmm sounds good, is there good gravy?

                              1. re: crigg

                                Checked out the website and will definitely give it a try. One question - does anyone else think that the photo of the grilled chicken on the Our Menu page looks like a person sleeping on his side with hands tucked under his head? Maybe I've been working too late.


                          1. re: Susanbnyc

                            IMHO it's the best we got and I do enjoy it :)

                            1. re: Susanbnyc

                              Good if drinking, hungry or just looking for some plain inexpensive eats. Nothing to write home about.

                              1. re: maclock

                                A little off topic but a close cousin to fried chicken is Brava Bistro's crispy cracklin chicken. Truly outstanding. It is pan roasted and very, very flavourful. I highly recommend it and am kicking myself for not trying it before last night. One of the best chicken dishes I have ever had.

                              2. re: Susanbnyc

                                No offence, although Chicken on the Way is a Calgary landmark and have great corn fritters, their chicken is just not flavorful, like no seasoning in the flour, also so dry, over cooked? Fried chicken is always good but I hope we can get something better.

                                1. re: beekeroc

                                  You have to go when it's busy there, or else you stand a very good chance of getting chicken that's been sitting in the heat rack.

                                  Also, their chicken quality varies greatly. I've had some terribly chewy chicken from there.