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Jan 7, 2012 12:35 PM

Where can i find the Best Fried chicken in the GVRD

I've been asking arounda nd searching yelp and really i havent found anything.

I'm looking for amazing fried chicken. Has anyone had this in vancouver? I've been told the shore club makes a good fried bird but I;ve yet to try it.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

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  1. For the marinated in buttermilk variety, you can try ReFuel and the less than a month old Chewies. Other takes on fried chicken wings include Phnom Penh (Cambodian) and Zabu (Korean).

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    1. re: el_lobo_solo

      Thanks for the suggestions!

      I absolutely love Phnom Penh, their chicken wings are out of this world. Zabu is a new one to me though i will ahve to check it out.

      Really what i want is some good old fashion down home country style fried chicken. The stuff i would expect to find on the table at an alabama grandmothers sunday dinner. Hope that paints a good enough picture haha.

      I have never heard of chewies. i will have to check that place out.

      1. re: vancouvermatt

        "Really what i want is some good old fashion down home country style fried chicken. The stuff i would expect to find on the table at an alabama grandmothers sunday dinner. Hope that paints a good enough picture haha."

        If you're south of the line, try Old Country Buffet [gasp] in Bellis Fair. I know what y'all thinking, but fried chicken is something they're pretty good with. And Haggen's (when fresh from fryer) is darned good too.

        1. re: vancouvermatt

          Makes me sad that when someone asks for Southern style fried chicken they get tons of Asian style recs. would be nice if the Vancouver food scene could be a bit more balanced.

          1. re: lunchslut

            A good Carribean place should have fried chicken. All the carribean places in Toronto have it on the menu。,

            1. re: lunchslut

              Big Al used to have a Southern joint in Marpole, on Hudson if memory serves. Had v. decent fried chicken. And a buffet too. We went there at least half a dozen times before they closed.


              1. re: LotusRapper

                Big Al does the 1st and last Saturdays of the month at The Lion's Den Cafe near Kingsway & Fraser (beside Les Faux Borgeois). Not sure what food he cooks on those days though...

              2. re: lunchslut

                This is a hard one. As much as I'd love to have real authentic "southern" food, there's a reality to living in Western Canada. There's no history of migration from the south to BC (or to Canada really). Balance really isn't the key here, it's that there isn't the population base to provide the cultural incubation for that side of the food scene. I know you all know this, but you can't really fault Vancouver for a lack of southern food (or Mexican, etc).

            2. re: el_lobo_solo

              More recommendations is you are south of the border:

              Portland - Pine State Biscuits
              Seattle - Serious Biscuit

              Both had the tastiest fried chicken with their biscuits.
              Sorry I couldnt help with in town recommendations :)

            3. I've been wondering about that too. There was a time when the now-defunct Lee's Chicken (Kingsway & Royal Oak) and Uncle Willy's actually served up pretty good 'uns. I even like Church's, but definitely not KFC.

              ReFuel's seem a bit inconsistent to me, sometimes better (more moist) than others.

              Gyoza King on Robson has terrific chicken karaage, FWIW.

              I had L.A. Chicken once in Richmond, pretty good.

              1. For wings, that 'dessert' place in the Aberdeen food court is pretty great! Have yet to find Southern-style fried chicken locally (not that I've looked all that much - have had Refuel's and sadly it was a miss - tough - when I had it).

                The 'salty-peppery' chicken at 'Beefy-beef' Noodle place (Main street?) was quite good on one try - moist chicken, crispy, and well seasoned.

                1. I gotta say, I never thought much of Church's but I tried their spicy recipe recently and it's pretty delicious. I'm kind of hooked on it, but I always order all dark meat with the thigh being my favourite. I still don't know why people like fried chicken breasts. I also really like their spicy thigh sandwich and their hot and sweet which is a spicy thigh sandwich topped with coleslaw instead of lettuce and tomato. It's too bad their fries suck.

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                  1. re: tdeane

                    I too prefer dark meat pieces, the thigh is my fave, breasts are usually a tad too dry.

                    I recall once having really good fried chicken at Helen's Grill (Main/King Edward), but found the rest of the place disappointing in many ways.

                  2. No idea if this would be considered the OP's target bird style but I too really enjoyed LA Chicken in Richmond a couple months ago. Only one try but it was at 4 pm, off hours, which bodes well methinks. The spicy had a good bit of zip but wasn't too hot, the coating was thin, crunchy and relatively greaseless and the meat itself moist and flavourful. I'd go back.

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                    1. re: grayelf

                      Good to know about L.A. I work near that area of Richmond and am always haunting that little strip looking for some good takeaway. Haven't had American style store-bought fried chicken in a couple of decades (except for ReFuel) so it'll be interesting.

                      1. re: eatrustic

                        You will feel like you've stepped in a time machine for sure. Report back, won't you?

                        1. re: eatrustic

                          Whole Foods has (had ?) dang good baked "fried" chicken in their deli section. Not cheap, mind you.

                          1. re: eatrustic

                            Just be prepared to wait or call ahead to order. L.A. Chicken fries chicken to order so it is a bit of a wait when buying a tray-load.