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Fried smoked chicken at Buster Rhino's....run, don't walk.

atomeyes Feb 8, 2012 01:38 PM

Unless you hate juicy chicken that's perfectly smoked and coated in an awesome crispy batter, you better run, not walk, to Buster Rhino's.

Wednesday special only, apparently.

The smoke is not as strong as their ribs, but it works perfectly.

Yet another reason to drive 30 min to Whitby.

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Buster Rhino's
2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

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  1. Googs RE: atomeyes Feb 8, 2012 01:42 PM

    It's tricky business smoking, coating, and deep frying a chicken. So many things to go wrong. That he's done it at all is amazing. I suspect the lightness of the smoke is to prevent overcooking at the fryer stage.

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      atomeyes RE: Googs Feb 8, 2012 02:02 PM

      I'd think the smoke's "hidden" because the frying/coating covers it.
      who knows.

      in the end, its bloody awesome and don't you dare put any of that lovely bbq sauce on that incredible chicken!

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        Googs RE: atomeyes Feb 8, 2012 02:15 PM

        Well, we can either arm wrestle or you can ask Mr Buster.

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          Googs RE: atomeyes Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

          Upon more thought, given the interplay between the olfactory and the taste buds, I stand corrected. Hidden smoke, crunching delicious.

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        ylsf RE: atomeyes Feb 9, 2012 08:13 AM

        Write up (and photos) on spotlight Toronto
        If you haven't had lunch or dinner yet, I suggest you do before you check out this link:

        http://www.spotlighttoronto.com/bits-...

        Am I crazy for wanting to take a Wednesday off work just to go and try this?

        Looks delicious.

        1. justxpete RE: atomeyes Feb 9, 2012 08:29 AM

          Don't they have odd hours? I attempted to go there a few months ago but found they were closed at 6pm or so - and to be honest, I also had trouble finding the exact location. Seems that there is quite a few places that carry their product.

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            atomeyes RE: justxpete Feb 9, 2012 10:49 AM

            there are 2 locations. 1 in oshawa, 1 in whitby.
            the one on Thickson and Wentworth is on the northeast corner in an unassuming industrial strip mall.
            I've never been to the other location, but it has weekend hours.
            hours are on their website: http://www.busterrhinos.com/main/cont...

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              elrik RE: atomeyes Feb 9, 2012 12:53 PM

              Just a note so people don't get a surprise let down. The Oshawa location is a franchise that they ship pre-cooked goods to a couple times a week. I doubt that they would be a part of the Wednesday smoked/fried chicken special.

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                justxpete RE: elrik Feb 9, 2012 07:49 PM

                I think I was in Oshawa at the time. Explains the confusion. Thanks all.

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            Herne RE: atomeyes Feb 9, 2012 08:37 AM

            Apparently there was a plan 6-8 months ago to open more than one Buster Rhino's in Toronto. Wonder what happened.
            http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-dr...

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              Googs RE: Herne Feb 9, 2012 10:05 AM

              You can always do the wrong thing quickly. Doing it right takes time.

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                atomeyes RE: Herne Feb 9, 2012 10:51 AM

                my guess?

                the economy still sucks.
                banks won't rush to give loans to restaurants.
                location is everything.

                combine these 3 factors and I think its a very smart decision to move slowly when it comes to opening a new resto. you move too fast and you can be hit with a huge cash crunch 3 months after you open the door.

                regardless, it takes me less time to drive to Buster Rhinos from Greektown than it would take to drive to, for example, Stockyards and to find parking. and likely less gas, since its highway driving.

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                  Herne RE: atomeyes Feb 10, 2012 10:23 AM

                  Looks like my earlier reply has been removed and probably for a good reason. Anyway Stockyards is way closer than Pickering is to Greektown and with Green P parking across St. Clair. I look forward to the TO opening(s) to see what it is all about. Perhaps the owner will enlighten us as he apparently keeps track of CH.

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