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There is a Mary Brown's Chicken franchise on Dufferin Street, south of Yorkdale.
I have been driving past this location for years and the store always seems to be empty of customers-yet it continues to exist. I also rarely see this product advertised. Can anyone who has eaten this chicken comment on it? What is the secret of its longevity?

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Mary Brown's Chicken
3199 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A2T2, CA

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  1. They're all over the place in Durham, I don't mind it for fast food fried chicken. I'd probably rank it behind Popeye's in terms of size of the chicken and flavour. It's more of a KFC style but better tasting. I find it to be expensive though, so, I usually only buy it with coupons out of the Entertainment Book.

    I do like the Big Mary sandwich.....

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    1. re: Dr Butcher

      Ditto on the Big Mary and the taters too.

      1. re: terrycar

        Bingo, it's all about the Big Mary and Taters.. I actually find their fried chicken to be rather plain and tasteless; they have these outlandish claims of extreme marinating if you ever visit their website or store but the chicken doesn't taste of it..

        BTW, you asked who their customers were? Newfies :P

        Mary Browns is huge in NFLD and our Brampton location is filled with Newfoundland ex-pats heheh..

        cheers

        1. re: duckdown

          What is on this 'Big Mary' sandwich?

          1. re: duckdown

            The company is Newfoundland-based, having started their in in the late 60's. Every location I've ever been in has some down-home (Newfie) reading material. The chain is big in NL and more likely to locate where there are significant NL ex-pats, such as KW-Cambridge and Fort McMurray, AB.

            Among fast-food chicken places, I rate it ahead of KFC and Popeye's, the latter based on a small sample size. It IS quite greasy, but the juiciest and most tender.

      2. I think it's better than both Popeyes and KFC

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        1. re: shekamoo

          Yup, I'm a Mary Brown lover too...best fast food fried chicken.

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          Mary Brown's
          1920 Dundas St, London, ON N5V3P1, CA

          1. re: shekamoo

            Better than KFC definitely... Popeyes can be hit or miss.. When Popeyes is good (ie: not a teenage deep frying kid who doesnt care) then Popeyes is definitely better.. however if you get the lazy chicken friers who just submerge your chicken in semi-hot oil, Popeyes can be the greasiest by far of all 3... Mary Browns is the solid, more reliable product IMO

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            Mary Brown's
            1920 Dundas St, London, ON N5V3P1, CA

            1. re: duckdown

              AND Mary Browns is a Canadian Owned company as well which makes it even more appealing.

              My favourite sandwich of all time (next to mine) is the Mary's Browns Big Mary with Taters. I will drive out of my way to get it.

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              Mary Brown's
              1920 Dundas St, London, ON N5V3P1, CA

              1. re: BusterRhino

                I'm headed there to get one right now :)

                It's only 5 mins from my house here in brampton hehe

                Cheers

          2. Mary Brown's has the best legs in town !

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            1. re: Crispy skin

              They have locations scattered across the country. Here's the link for the Ontario franchises:

              http://www.marybrowns.com/locatoron.html

              1. re: CeeQueue

                I know! I have eaten there for probably 30 years. Their old slogan used to be "Mary Brown's has the best legs in town!"

                1. re: Crispy skin

                  Mystery solved! It was the CPK thread where someone asked for a location. I'd been reading both threads and posted to the wrong one.

                2. re: CeeQueue

                  I've lived in downtown T.O. for 18 years and I still get cravings for this stuff!

                  It was a sad day when the location in Ajax closed. I can no longer insist on a quick stop when visiting the inlaws.

                  Ah, memories! As teenagers in the wasteland of Durham in the 80's, we'd often grab a couple of boxes of taters, maybe some chicken and then just drive aimlessly around.

              2. For some reason I never took to Mary Brown's. Also find their portion sizes small. What I do miss is Church's Chicken which is all over Vancouver. A couple opened up in Durham about 10 years ago and never took off and closed within a few years. Pity.

                IMHO I rank their chicken over KFC, Popeye's and Mary Brown.

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                Mary Brown's
                1920 Dundas St, London, ON N5V3P1, CA

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                1. re: fogducker

                  I liked Church's Chicken too. I remember I would go to Harvey's not for the burgers but for the fried chicken. Something about the coating - just comfort food to me. I miss it!

                  1. re: fogducker

                    I miss Church's Chicken as well. I remember the days when I was a young girl and my parents would take me to the location on Kipling near the Buns Master Bakery. We'd always get free drinks and sometimes the corn dripping in butter.

                    I was sad to see the locations attached to Harvey's close up a few years ago. I did recently get a fix when I was in Detroit and Chicago and the chicken was just as moist as I remembered. While I thoroughly enjoyed the taste of nostalgia, my significant other thought otherwise.

                    1. re: fogducker

                      Church's was my favorite of all, I think

                    2. I love their chicken. I think that it tastes so good is because I think they use Peanut oil for the frying. Perhaps that could be the reason that there are not too many around (peanut allergies)??