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Where's the best fried chicken in the GTA ?

Can someone suggest where I can find the best fried chicken in or around the GTA ?

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  1. Pretty sure there are multiple threads on this but if not, some of the typical ones mentioned:

    Harlem
    Stockyards
    Popeye's (yeah, for real)

    Maybe even The Counter...

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    1. re: ylsf

      I'm not impressed with Stockyards rendition. Think its over-rated. Coating was crisp but the whole thing was way under-seasoned. A piece of KFC fresh out of the pressure oven taste better!
      Fried chicken at Loblaws super store at Bayview and Hightech is mighty fine! Sold out quick around lunch time though!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Non-sense. Stockyards fried chicken is some of the best in the city. It's flavourful, moist, perfectly cooked, well-seasoned and delicious. I've not found better (and I've been looking!). Comparing it to KFC is like comparing George to Swiss Chalet - and I'd hardly think you'd appreciate that.

        1. re: justxpete

          Another vote for Stockyards, I think hands down they are the best in the city. I do not enjoy their BBQ in the least, but the Fried Chicken is great and have never had a bad order.

          Harlem is a place I really wanted to like, but found everything we ordered mediocre. They need to decide whether they want to cook Soul Food or Caribbean, because they are not doing either any justice.

          I also echo the comments about Popeye's being different in Toronto than Stateside. I love Popeye's (Especially when I lived in Orlando, FL) but I find it poor in all the locations I have tried in the GTA.

          1. re: Matt H

            I like a heavier coating than Stockyards so for me Hadley's is the best hands down in the city. I like Church's spicy. Popeyes on Yonge south of Bloor seems to be an excellent location IMO.

          2. re: justxpete

            Just a thought on Stockyards fried chicken. When they first opened I had tried their chicken and everything was good about it except it was just as Charles said, way under seasoned and bland. I went back a couple weeks later and got the same thing and it was perfectly seasoned, moist etc.

            I remember asking a friend and I can't be 100% clear on whether he had talked to Tom about it or not but he seemed to be pretty sure that they didn't brine their chicken when they first opened but started doing so a little while after.

            Again, can't be 100% sure about this as it was a long time ago but it certainly would explain things.

            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

              They actually missed out on the 'brining' part??!! Strange??!!
              Great to hear about the improvement. Will give it another try soon and hopefully will not hear fellow chowhounders addressing my review as 'non sense!! ' anymore!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                For what it's worth, I love Stockyards fried chicken... but the first time I ordered it, one piece was completely under-seasoned (as in zero seasoning), but the other pieces were perfect. So consistency with the chicken may certainly be an issue. But it's one of my favourite places in the city, so no real complaints.

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  They've definitely been brining for at least two years. When did you first visit?

            2. re: Charles Yu

              I'd never compare them to KFC, but I'm not bowled over by their fried chicken. And when I tried their BBQ chicken it was very, very pink inside so the point I just threw it out as a precaution.

              1. re: Shimso

                i've only had stockyards' fried chicken once. while i thought it was fine, it didn't really make too much of an impression.

                1. re: Shimso

                  Chicken well smoked (meaning properly) is always pink inside, sometimes ours is really pink almost bordering on red. Think of this though, the last time you actually cut into chicken even raw was it ever the same colour pink?

                  1. re: BusterRhino

                    Buster, are you guys still doing a Fried Chicken Special?

              2. re: ylsf

                I found Harlem's chicken greasier and left me with a heavy feeling. Stockyards I enjoyed, it was some of the best fried chicken I've had in this city. I think KFC is getting their chickens from Swiss because my wife ordered from a location nearby recently and the size of the drum stick looked like from a double leg dinner at Swiss Chalet (I mean the drumstick part of the double leg). Are they frying chicks and not full grown chickens any more?

                As for Popeye's, I haven't had any bad experiences with the location nearest me and the chicken was tasty. Far from Stockyard quality, but tasty none-the-less. Only got one back from my 8 piece box. KFC has been doing that for years. I remember buckets in the 80's that had a few backs in it. Never understood that really.

              3. i'm partial to the church's at st clair and dufferin.

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                1. re: autopi

                  Yea, thats good! Spicy is the way to go.

                2. Had a really bad experience with Popeyes recently and found out through the process that the Canadian Popeyes operate pretty well on their own with very little quality controls by the US company. There isn't a Canadian home office or CS dept to monitor quality standards.
                  Have never heard of Harlem or Stockyards, some details and taste comments please.
                  Where are they ?

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                  1. re: TanglinBoy

                    We had Popeye's anniversary special 8 piece box last week, and it was dreadful. Don't other places reserve the chicken backs for other purposes (e.g. making stock)?

                  2. Hadley's - with french toast!

                    1. Stockyards was the best I've had in Toronto. Harlem and the Counter (now The Tompson) didn't do it for me. Harlem was jerk seasoned and slightly sweet while the Counter's had no flavor at all. Popeye's is Popeye's so usually no surprises about what you get. Haven't tried Church's up here, but if they're like Church's in the states, they're usually good for salty fried goodness.

                      1. Noone's mentioned Drake yet? For their brunch, I think? I also know Parts n Labour has it in their brunch now.. but as a "special." Heard it's good.

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                        1. re: jennjen18

                          I tried getting the "special" chicken but they didn't have any. I think it depends on whether any is left over from the midnight food binge.

                          1. re: jennjen18

                            Had the P&L fried chicken brunch today - 3 pcs for $16 includes a tiny lump of slightly creamy limp coleslaw and a small biscuit and some franks red hot sauce. The chicken itself is very juicy, and the crispy coating has a significant fennel flavour. That being said, the coating was browned just a tad too much, though not burnt.

                                  1. re: jlunar

                                    I was racking my brain and couldn't figure it out...lol

                            1. When I ordered the chicken at the Stockyards, it was inedibly overseasoned with about a pound of black pepper. My son took one bite and couldn't eat another. I managed to get a piece down but couldn't eat another (and I'm a f**king pig). I brought it home for my wife and she wouldn't eat more than a bite.
                              I've been dying to try some from Harlem. Currently, my fave FC is from Chick N Joy

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                              1. re: air621

                                Mine was way 'under-seasoned', yours was way 'over-seasoned'!! Talk about inconsistency!!!

                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                  I'm not a big fried chicken fan, particularly eating it the way you have to, but the best fried chicken I've had in Toronto is at Stockyards. I think I've been there five times now over two years and all visits have been consistent, neither under nor over spiced.

                                  1. re: Charles Yu

                                    I've had Stockyards fried chicken twice. The first time was a while ago, but I remember liking it. The second time was maybe a year ago, and I remember finding it under-seasoned. Perhaps they do sometimes have consistency issues (although it looks like the majority here seem to like it).

                                    On a related note, I ordered the Popeye's 8-piece meal the other day ('spicy', which isn't really that spicy but is somewhat interesting at least) and it was quite good. The batter was quite thick (which I like) and very flavourful. Also good reheated the next day.

                                    1. re: Strongbad789

                                      Sounds like you would enjoy Church's

                                  2. re: air621

                                    If you do go to Harlem, get their bacon mac and cheese side. In my opinion, its the best thing on their menu. But I know everyone has their own preferences with mac and cheese... I love it at Harlem.

                                  3. The best I've had is from Stockyards.
                                    I did like the Harlem version as well but it didn't Wow me.

                                    DT

                                    1. Again, it's Popeyes, NO ONE can make better fried chicken, it's a fact, crushes any place

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                                      1. re: Bobby Wham

                                        What part did you not like about Church's?

                                      2. Pepper chicken - China Cottage
                                        Garlic Chicken - Sukho Thai

                                        1. I really like Chick n Joy in Leslieville, similar pressure cooked style to KFC but without the inherent dirtiness.

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                                          1. re: childofthestorm

                                            I totally forgot about them. I'd have to say they have the best fried chicken I've had. It reminds me of what I think KFC used to taste like when I was a kid :D And I like the gravy.

                                          2. Any Korean fried chicken worth mentioning?

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                                            1. re: Teep

                                              Stockyards is the best i have had. Been at least 5 times and its been amazing every time. Everyone I have been with also has nothing but good things to say about the chicken there.

                                              1. re: gwanderc

                                                I wouldn't exactly call Stockyards, Korean style...

                                              2. re: Teep

                                                To answer Teep's query about Korean-style fried chicken: Home of Hot Taste, in an (almost) all-Asian plaza off Yonge St. north of Steeles Ave., does a mighty tasty version (actually, several versions) of the dish. Mind, it has been a year since I was last there - I'm waiting for my cholesterol count to go down - but I recall a light, moist, crispy, unsauced bird - delicious. You can get it sauced as well, if I recall. A dark, lively spot - which may have to do with the $3 beers on offer - with an almost all-Korean clientele. Attractive prices, certainly cheaper than Stockyards, though Stockyards fried chicken is the most flavourful I've tasted in years.

                                                1. re: juno

                                                  I live not far from here and have seen it many times when I shop at PATs

                                                  Any specific order you would recommend? Will have to try it out sometime.

                                                  1. re: Sadistick

                                                    To Sadistick: sorry, but I can't recall which fried chicken dish I enjoyed. After all, it has been a year. But I seem to recall a large portion of chicken parts, bone in, and unsauced. The portion was more than enough for two. There are a number of other fried chicken versions on offer. I also recall a large portion of rice flavoured with various veggies that went nicely with the chicken. Minimal side dishes (banchan) come with the chicken. And, of course, those $3 beers (if they still exist). The staff were most helpful to first-timers. Seems to me that House of Hot Taste is a franchise out of Korea, and there's a downtown outlet (which I've never been to) near Yonge and Bloor.

                                                    1. re: Sadistick

                                                      i love home of hot taste.
                                                      i usually always get the original chicken wings. i got a original half-chicken before, but i feel like they just chop the chicken up and toss it all in the fryer at the same time. some of the pieces come out dry and boney, other pieces are good.

                                                      they also have some sauced ones, like teriyaki which is okay, i think there's a soy and garlic which i enjoy and a spicy one which is good too. my fav is still original. it comes with salt on the side for dipping.

                                                      i've been to stockyards and wasn't that impressed. but i absolutely love home of hot taste. i live in east scarborough and will go out of my way for their fried chicken.

                                                    2. re: juno

                                                      I looked it up in Yelp to add to my bookmarks and it came up w/ an address near Yonge & Bloor? Is it the same owners or different owners w/ the same name?

                                                      1. re: GoodGravy

                                                        Not sure if the Yonge/Charles Home of Hot Taste is the same as the one at Yonge/Steeles, but since I work downtown, I tried the former location today. For $6.99, I got the sweet and spicy fried chicken with steamed rice and salad. The chicken is surprisingly crispy and coated in an addictive sweet and spicy sauce. I actually prefer stronger heat, and will ask them to up the spice level next time. Chicken is also tossed with cabbage, carrots, green beans, onions, red bell peppers and baby corn. Not a bad option for the area! Also, the portion is huge, i.e. food coma inducing. Note: The chicken I had came in bite-sized white meat pieces. I haven't actually tried the fried wings / full chicken parts yet. The wings come in plain, teryaki and spicy sauce options.

                                                        1. re: LTL

                                                          Thanks LTL, I'll have to try out the wings and full chicken parts and see if they'll satisfy my Bon Chon cravings.

                                                    3. re: Teep

                                                      Teep, definitely worth mentioning!
                                                      Home of Hot Taste on Yonge and Glen Cameron is pretty good.

                                                      1. re: Teep

                                                        Mom's chicken at Galleria. Usually a twenty minute preparation.

                                                         
                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                            The new big Galleria is off York Mills, west of Don Mills. The building is attached to Dragon Pearl Buffet. The other smaller location is at Yonge just northof Steeles where the old Chapters used to be. Not sure if the Yonge location has fried chicken. The York Mills location has a giant cooking station island where they make a lot of dishes.

                                                        1. re: Teep

                                                          Wait until Mumofuku opens at the Shangri La Downtown. Insane fried chicken!

                                                          1. re: Bogels

                                                            When is Momofuku expected to open?

                                                        2. Taste of the Caribbean in a plaza on the southwest corner of Keele and Sheppard. Excellent crisp coating that's strongly seasoned, large juicy and flavourful dark meat, around $1.25 per piece. Mary Brown's is pretty good too. Stockyards dark is one of the best; the white, not so much.

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                                                          1. definite props to Chick N' Joy- I love the one in scarborough, although it's fairly salty so I try not to eat there too often! Can't see why everyone loves Popeyes, it tastes like humdrum fast food to me.

                                                            1. All the complaints about Popeyes, I do have to mention one thing.....

                                                              They're all independently owned to my knowledge, the quality will vary between locations. Find a good one and you'll be hooked. A lot of the halal ones tend to be better.

                                                              and those biscuits........drool!

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                                                              1. re: aser

                                                                Shouldn't the recipe, seasoning, frying method...etc be the same across the board?! Doubt Popeyes would allow different franchise owners to alter their recipe and hurt their reputations if misfired?!!

                                                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                  #1 variable, how often they clean the deep fryer/change the oil.

                                                                  Can't standardize that one, some places will slack while others will be vigilant.

                                                                  The one at yonge & dundas tends to be gross. The one by Markville mall was pretty good. The Richmond Hill location sucked, it closed down but used to be by the Price Chopper plaza on Major Mack.

                                                                  My local one now is pretty consistent, Duff & Bloor.

                                                                  1. re: aser

                                                                    Has anyone tried the Popeye's at Lake Shore Blvd. & First Ave?

                                                                    1. re: terrycar

                                                                      I was at that location last week for a mini chicken sandwich. They had to make the pieces/nuggets while I waited so it took about 15 minutes for a $1.99 order. In the end I was okay with that as it tasted very fresh. The chicken was also nice and crispy. Although I don't eat a lot of fried food (well except for fryer wings of course....lol), so don't have anything to compare it to, however I really enjoyed it and thought the quality was good. I did see the full size pieces of chicken sitting in the warmer though and not sure how long they were there. The sandwich I had was made with nuggets I think.

                                                                    2. re: aser

                                                                      Spadina and College is very poor one too. I have always had success on Yonge south of Bloor..

                                                                      There are many steps involved in making great fried chicken. It is very easy to see how some do better than others. Popeyes cannot afford the same oversight that a McDonalds enjoys so there are good bad and ugly.

                                                                      1. re: aser

                                                                        I like the one at Eglinton & Mt Pleasant, juicy & crispy. They're my favorite place for 8-piece payday special.

                                                                      2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                        Easy question to answer in the fact that the local KFC was lost years ago. The coating was less flavourful and that did matter less as it kept falling off, apparently a different flour type was used as that fired manager was sourcing from his ethnic origin, by that time the chicken was not fried, but the franchise was!

                                                                      3. re: aser

                                                                        Aren't they all Halal here? I knew the woman that trained the managers years ago (and still may today) and she told me that all are owned by Muslims here. I was told this when I asked her if any Popeyes here sold the pork product (can't remember what it was) that was advertised on American Popeyes ads and she said no because they were all Muslim owned.

                                                                        1. re: BJC01

                                                                          The Popeyes on Eglinton(west of Mt Pleasant) is consistantly good,I've been at least a half a dozen times.
                                                                          I'm still a big fan of Stockyards fried chicken....had it twice,great both times.

                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                            I wonder if they are still allowed to serve Halal chicken. There was an article awhile back, here's an excerpt from it -

                                                                            A group of Muslim restaurant franchisees is fighting fast-food chain Popeyes Louisiana Chicken in court over the right to sell hand-slaughtered Halal meat for religious reasons.

                                                                            The battle in Ontario Superior Court comes after the Atlanta-based franchise moved to replace the chicken supply with machine-killed birds in 14 Toronto restaurants. The company says it’s still Halal-certified; the franchisees claim the machine method is against the beliefs of a majority of Muslims.

                                                                            Here's the link to the article - http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1...

                                                                            1. re: sasgirl

                                                                              My picks:

                                                                              Stockyards
                                                                              Popeye's (my cheap thrill - I frequent the one at steeles/middlefield and it has never let me down, and it's Halal)
                                                                              Guu's Chicken Karaage. There's something so right about juicy small pieces of crispy seasoned chicken. Asian fried chicken if you will ;)

                                                                      4. Bumping up an old thread to mention that Popeye's is doing a deal tomorrow (March 27, 2013). 8 peices of fried chicken for $8.99

                                                                        I would say it is the best of the chain fried chicken.

                                                                        You should make sure you confirm that your local location is still open before going. I know a bunch of their locations closed within the last while. Lucky for me (unlucky for my waistline) a new location opened up pretty close to me..

                                                                        http://popeyeschicken.ca/index.html

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                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                          I was thinking about this for dinner but figure it may be tough to get near the place.

                                                                          DT

                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                            Thanks for the tip! Gonna get me sum fried chicken!! :D

                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                              Meet me at Popeyes, it's goin' down.

                                                                              A bunch of Popeyes in the gta switched to Krispy's due to a halal sourcing disagreement between the corp and franchisees. Maybe it's psychological but I did find the halal owned locations to have taken more care to preparing the chicken.

                                                                              I only eat it twice a year but when I'm doing it, I'm going all out, biscuits, cajun rice, hot sauce packets.....

                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                I love their greasy buttermilk buns. Sadly, my local Popeye's just failed their health inspection, so I'm done with them (which may not be such a bad thing).

                                                                              2. now that the thread is bumped up, I should say that Michi's chicken karage is probably the best fried chicken I have had in toronto

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                                                                                1. re: shekamoo

                                                                                  What else have you had that you enjoyed?

                                                                                  For me, Stockyards is #1.

                                                                                  1. re: justxpete

                                                                                    I don't normally eat fried chicken. I'm not a fan of the eating experience. (Same with ribs.) However the only place where I'm compelled to eat fried chicken is Stockyards.

                                                                                    1. re: justxpete

                                                                                      I like Stockyards too, I always order the fried chicken when Im there, I like the county general chicekn sandwich too, but the Michi karage is just so moist and well executed, I think its better than the western versions in toronto. So these days when craving fried chicken (and it happens a lot) I'd sooner go to Michi than Stockyards.

                                                                                      I like Popeyes too sometimes...

                                                                                    2. re: shekamoo

                                                                                      haven't had michi as I'm always blinded by the tasty chirashi. I really love kingyo's karaage, one of the best I've had. Someone mentioned Guu's, which tastes like box batter fried chicken to me.

                                                                                      Anyways, go order karaage at Kingyo.

                                                                                      Also, tell me someone besides me indulged in the Popeyes payday special.

                                                                                      1. re: aser

                                                                                        "Also, tell me someone besides me indulged in the Popeyes payday special"

                                                                                        Me! :D Pretty good deal and pretty good bird,too bad the service at my local location(Eg&Mt Pleasant) was a little haphazard....

                                                                                        1. re: aser

                                                                                          fwiw, I think Michi's karage is better than Kingyo's

                                                                                          1. re: aser

                                                                                            Had Kingyo's karaage this weekend and although it was still juicy, the crispy coating was too brown, though not burnt. Not as good as my first visit.

                                                                                        2. I have to give a shout out to the fried chicken in the fried chicken bao at Banh Mi Boys. Those guys have a seriously deft hand with the fryer, and the chicken is always crisp, greaseless, juicy and tasty. Honestly, if they sold them plain as chicken fingers, I would order many of them.

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                                                                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                            What's more, it's a piece of breast meat that they fry and keep juicy. It really is fantastic.

                                                                                            DT

                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                              Chicken bao? Isn't bao usually a bready sort of... thing? How can this be fried chicken?

                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                It's fried chicken and some veggies in a flat steamed bao folded in half. If you've ever had the Momofuku pork belly bao, it's the same type of thing, just bigger.

                                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                  Huh. Hard to visualize how the chicken stays crisp in there! Thanks for describing.

                                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                    Picture the bao like a tortilla. The fillings are put in AFTER the steaming and the bao is then folded in half. :o)

                                                                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                      Oh! I've never seen bao like that before.

                                                                                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                        lol, that's EXACTLY the response they want you to have when they plate it. . .(or should i say, basket). . .i've had it, and it is excellent. . .

                                                                                                        1. re: afong56

                                                                                                          I do fried chicken of any kind very rarely but I'll keep this one as a special event thought..

                                                                                              2. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                I had it for the first time yesterday. I am not generally a fan of fried chicken but holy cow this was good.

                                                                                              3. So far I like Stockyards. Harlems and Thompson Diner (fka The Counter) only so-so. Hopgood's does a special menu on Monday nights for fried smoked chicken which was good but I am not a big fan of smoked flavour outside of bacon. I had high hopes for Paulettes Doughnuts and Chicken (owner is Devin Connell daughter of ACE bakery couple) but the reviews have not been good. Would anyone recommend Paulette's?

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                                                                                                1. re: gloriousfoodwanted

                                                                                                  Didn't even know Hopgood's did fried chicken. Is it every Monday night?

                                                                                                  1. re: gloriousfoodwanted

                                                                                                    I didn't like their chicken when it first came out - but now it's not so "cocoon"-y and I have it every 3-4 weeks. I enjoy it. The chicken itself is always well seasoned and tender. Their sides leave something to be desired however, the best of them being the corn bread.

                                                                                                    1. re: gloriousfoodwanted

                                                                                                      Tried it at Thompson because of this thread; while the coating is great it was pretty bland. Won't be going back.

                                                                                                      1. re: Teep

                                                                                                        I think the Thompson is hit or miss. The 1st time I had it, it was fantastic! The 2nd time, my experience was similar or yours. It was bland, and it tasted of old oil.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          I've had Thompson a couple of times too. The meat is bland. It's the onion rings that I cannot resist!

                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                            The onion rings ARE pretty damn good!!

                                                                                                      1. re: Bobby Wham

                                                                                                        Finally got to try WBK fried chicken was overall good but a bit too greasy and lacking in seasoniong for my liking. Both Stockyards and Porchetta & Co, in that order, come out on top for me.

                                                                                                      2. I like Stockyard's slightly more than White Brick, but both aren't nearly as juicy as the fried chicken I've had at home or in the South.

                                                                                                        Will have to try Banh Mi Boys' fried chicken bao.

                                                                                                        Kind of want to try Chick N Joy http://www.chicknjoy.com/ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/329487

                                                                                                        Also have had the County General's fried chicken sandwich on my radar for at least a year. One of these days.

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                                                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                                                          stockyards, rose & sons and white brick in that order for me.

                                                                                                          1. re: fickle

                                                                                                            Gotta get myself down to Rose & Sons for that chicken.

                                                                                                          2. re: prima

                                                                                                            +1 Stockyards

                                                                                                            Chick N Joy is decent, but not worth making a special trip. If you're in the area try it, but don't go out of your way.

                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                              Interesting- that's how I'd describe the chicken at Stockyards. I haven't found a fried chicken in TO worth a special trip, yet.

                                                                                                              1. re: prima

                                                                                                                Not everyone is a fan of Stockyards. I personally love it, although my preference is really for a thicker batter on my fried chicken.

                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                  My pref is a thicker batter too. That's why I like Popeyes and Church's spicy : ) Hadley's makes an awesome fried chicken with a thicker batter.

                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                    Hadley's only makes it on Friday nights though. I wish they made it every day.

                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                      And Saturday brunch with French toast.

                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                        That's true. I forgot about that. I wonder why it isn't just a regular menu item for brunch on Saturday AND Sunday, as well as their dinner menu?

                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                          Good question!! Probably something to do with brining the chicken, shelf life and space to store it. I dunno.

                                                                                                                          I've found WB chicken to be over-brined occasionally where the texture has been off. I assume they just prepped too much and it sat in the brine too long.

                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                            Still haven't tried the chicken @ WBK either.

                                                                                                                            I'm sure they have their reasons. And the explanation you gave is probably correct, but it still sucks :(

                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                              Beast has an awesome looking fried chicken sandwich at brunch.

                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                No way. I'm going to check that out :)

                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                  I just looked @ their menu. This is a little off-topic, but they also have a chicken meatloaf. I wonder how that is?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                    WBK chicken meatloaf? I thought it was very good! On the herby side.

                                                                                                                                    Beast? Haven't tried it.

                                                                                                                              2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                Talked to the owners today, they said a lot of the poi ts you said justsayn, but also they only have one fryer so they would have to change their oil everyday which would add cost to the whole menu. They said they were looking into an oil filtration system whish would then allow it, but also expensive. Who knows maybe if they have a busy spring we could all win!

                                                                                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                  LexiFirefly, you're referring to Hadley's, right?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the update! So many details running a place. What is amazing is how consistent their chicken is!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                      Well, let's just hope they decide to splurge for the oil filtration system. Then we can have fried chicken every day :)

                                                                                                                              3. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                justsayn, I just wanted to let you know that the Huntsman Tavern, which just opened in the old Red Fish location, is being run by 3 guys, one of whom is the previous owner of Hadley's. There's fried chicken on the menu. So maybe it's the Hadley's recipe that they're using. Also they're doing brunch on the weekend, which the previous owner is in charge of, so we might be able to get our fried chicken and french toast fix :)

                                                                                                                                Here's a link to the BlogTo review, which I also put on the Huntsman Tavern thread:

                                                                                                                                http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/hun...

                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                  THANKS! I feel guilty telling you this but I ran there last Saturday when I read the announcement. Taking a break from posting on CH for a bit...but had to respond to your post : ) ) ) )

                                                                                                                                  As you know, I loved Hadley's chicken and I was pretty happy to hear it is available again. We were not disappointed!

                                                                                                                                  PS, while I am here....glad you loved Cultura! They have some great food. You will love the new Delysees, I was there during soft opening and they have some winners. The one black sesame macaron I had was exceptional, less sugary than most and filling was so creamy. Delicious rye bread too. I noticed Wagamama is stepping up their game too with more varied options. Finally...glad you loved the Forno pizza. They don't always have the spicy sausage/potato pizza and the other sausage type they have is nothing at all like it, so keep an eye out for the superior one with potato! Cheers and have a great food-filled weekend!

                                                                                                                                  PPS: New pita place on King St next to the wine store and Chinese buffet has VERY good Loukoumades!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                    Don't feel guilty justsayn. I'm just glad that you had a chance to try it and that it was as good as you hoped it would be! I can't wait to try it myself :)

                                                                                                                                    I did love Cultura, and I'm going to try Delysees this weekend, so I'll let you know how it was. I will also keep an eye out for the sausage/potato pizza @ Sud. Their pizza really does rock!!

                                                                                                                                    Finally, I love loukoumades, so thanks for the heads up!

                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                            I liked the batter. I just don't find Stockyard's chicken, under the batter, to be juicy enough.

                                                                                                                            I finally found a juicy fried chicken last night, at Ajuker at 6016 Yonge. I really like their plain (non-sauced) fried chicken.

                                                                                                                            Now I'm looking for a Southern-style fried chicken that is as juicy as Ajuker's!

                                                                                                                            1. re: prima

                                                                                                                              I've heard of Ajuker. It's around Shepard right?

                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                The 6016 Yonge location is located between Finch and Steeles, and there's a Koreatown location at 680 Bloor W.

                                                                                                                                1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                  Cool. Thanks prima! I'm definitely going to have to check it out!

                                                                                                                          3. re: prima

                                                                                                                            Here's how they make the fried chicken at Stockyards. No wonder the main two complaints are "thin batter" and "lack of seasoning". Oh well, if you like it, now you can save the trip.
                                                                                                                            http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

                                                                                                                        2. re: prima

                                                                                                                          chick n joy is total crap of a level lower than kfc
                                                                                                                          i would rather dip my money in grease and eat it than have to set foot in that hole again

                                                                                                                          1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                            I love your "reviews"! They're always so eloquently stated and well thought-out.

                                                                                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                              i mean, have you been to chick n joy lately? there's not a whole lot to be said (lukewarm, greasy, devoid of any crunch or flavour on the skin or chicken, unappealing texture on the skin [greasy, soft], an absolute mountain of utterly acceptable but unsalted fries, i think it was expensive but i don't really remember, the complete opposite side of town for me) for the place. i could waste all of our time writing about why we should all avoid chick n joy, but it's like the golden star or johnny's of fried chicken joints and i'm sure that the people who go there in full denial of its mediocrity aren't going to stop because some asshole on the internet wrote a scathing review of it. i just give it a quick burn and hope that it deters someone. anyways, now you know my mo and hopefully you are able to read some of the more positive/insightful reviews i have posted about places that aren't godawful

                                                                                                                              1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                Food aside, one of my criticisms about Chick-n-Joy is they don't let you request white meat. They determine what you're going to get.

                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                  On Toonie Tuesday, you get a thigh and drumstick, plus fries for about $3. I believe white meat is always available on the menu, but they invariably overcook it, or maybe it's just not for me. I like the Tuesday special, plus biscuit and gravy. I give the fries to the gulls.

                                                                                                                        3. there's a chinese food court spot in the sheraton parkway mall on hwy 7 at leslie in richmond hill. they make some serious (and cheap) fried chicken! typical asian/chinese style and they make them for takeout and catering. they pieces are not small either. unfortunately, i can't remember the name or the prices.

                                                                                                                          i'm going to have to get to cafe michi for chirashi and fried chicken!

                                                                                                                          1. I'm also hoping to try the Davwud-recommended fried chicken at Rally in the near future. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8250...

                                                                                                                            http://www.rallysportsbar.com/public/...

                                                                                                                            Besides Paulette's, Chick N Joy and Rally, what other fried chicken joints would any of you recommend in East York?

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                                                                                                                            1. re: prima

                                                                                                                              Funny that you should mention this. I was about to post it. I had forgotten about it. I knew there was another place I really liked but just couldn't put my finger on it.

                                                                                                                              DT

                                                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                Awesome. Close to trying Rally's chicken out, very soon.

                                                                                                                                1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                  Update: I still haven't tried out Rally's fried chicken. Now that they've switched to chicken breast, I'm unlikely to go too far out of my way to try Rally's fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                  I still have the County General chicken thigh sandwich on my wishlist.

                                                                                                                                  I did like the fried chicken with peanut sauce taco at La Carnita.

                                                                                                                                  My favourite fried chicken in TO (so far) is the cheap & tasty Ajuker Korean-style fried chicken (without sauce).

                                                                                                                                  Is it possible to request specific parts (I much prefer legs or thighs) at Paulette's?I realize the menu mentions snack size or a half chicken, which both come with white and dark meat, but I was wondering if they're flexible, considering how many people out there only seem to want white meat. I'd think a lot of Leslievillagers would lean towards white meat. http://paulettesoriginal.com/image/pa...

                                                                                                                                  1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                    Usually if you ask for dark meat only they'll (the general "They" not any one place in specific) accommodate.

                                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                                    1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                      My experience last summer was that they did not accommodate requests for specific parts (I had requested 2 breast pieces, willing to pay extra, and was told no, they cooked a certain quantity in pairs). Not sure if they have changed their policy though.

                                                                                                                                2. re: prima

                                                                                                                                  prima, until Rally sorts out their chicken supply issues, I'd suggest skipping their fried chicken. They were having consistency issues varying from incredible to inedible. Now they're deep frying single pieces hammered into submission. More schnitzel than smokehouse.

                                                                                                                                  Dear Rally Sportsbar & Smokehouse:
                                                                                                                                  Until you find a good and stable supplier, drop the fried chicken. You're ruining the reputation of what was once a marquee dish.

                                                                                                                                3. Modern Wok in the food court at 145 King St. W. (St. Andrews Subway) kitty corner to the Timmies.
                                                                                                                                  Looking at the display case, it's the chicken piled up on the right hand side.
                                                                                                                                  Boneless thigh deepfried.

                                                                                                                                  SM Seal of Approval
                                                                                                                                  ..and if you want home style chinese food, same place....

                                                                                                                                  1. Any updates or review on ' Paulette's Original Donuts and Chicken'??!!
                                                                                                                                    I would expect with a name like that ie., specializes in only '2' items - donuts and Fried Chicken. The latter should be pretty damn good??!!

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                      justxpete says that they've changed their recipe and the chicken is really good now.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                        They have insanely crispy crunchy chicken. I don't love cake donuts, though.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                          It's not "insanely crunchy anymore", which is great.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                          Tried it last summer and really liked it. I think you need to understand something before going in. Unless they've changed things.

                                                                                                                                          You order chicken that's friend in a tempura like batter and they have sauces and seasonings to put on top. So on its own, it's not great. It's designed to be eaten with condiments.

                                                                                                                                          DT

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                            It's no longer so coated in a batter, per se. It's much more an integration now, which is much, much better than it was before, in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                              I've been meaning to go back but it's not exactly convenient for me.

                                                                                                                                              DT

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                            Looking forward to checking this out. Here's a link in case anyone is interested:

                                                                                                                                            http://paulettesoriginal.com/

                                                                                                                                          3. I've been curious to know more about Paulette's as I went by this weekend. Donuts were far too sweet for my liking and apparently I was too early to order the fried chicken by a half hour. You have to call it in and on Sunday cannot get it until 11:30.
                                                                                                                                            Any other raves? or updates? Of what's listed Stockyards seems to be best IMO, but now I have B M boys short listed.

                                                                                                                                            I had the sandwich from county general at brunch and it would have been good save for the gross amount of cilantro everywhere. I thought they had mirco geens but someone in the kitchen used cilantro as a lettuce versus garnish- too much

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: eatrunrepeat

                                                                                                                                              What do you mean by "you have to call it in" at Paulette's?? You have to pre-order chicken now? Have they stopped using the "holders racks" they had before? I walked into it on Saturday to show someone as I was in the area and I didn't any fried chicken being pumped out at the time.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                When I went in Sunday I was told I couldn't get any until11:30. Also that I'd have to either wait or I could call. Perhaps it varies on time of day and this was specific to my request time? Not sure..but I would still like to try it since I live reasonably close.

                                                                                                                                            2. The Drake has a new Summer Menu and it has some pretty delicious looking fried chicken on it. Here's a link to the pic(s):

                                                                                                                                              http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/blog/2013...

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                I tried the Chicken and Waffle at The Drake for brunch last week. Chicken was dry and oily at the same time.
                                                                                                                                                It did cure my hangover but not my craving for southern fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                  I do like the Drake but never impressed with their fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                              2. In response to fellow chowhounder 'justxpete's' comment on the 'Stockyard' thread:-

                                                                                                                                                "justxpete Jun 24, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                What do you recommend for brunch there, TJ?

                                                                                                                                                And re: fried chicken - I think Charles had it only once and has been upset about it ever since."

                                                                                                                                                Today, I made a special trip all the way from up north, and amidst a newly announced 'thunder storm warning', to give Stockyard's Fried Chicken another try!

                                                                                                                                                The verdict:

                                                                                                                                                Yes! The batter coating is still undeniably greaseless, crunchy and crisp!

                                                                                                                                                And yes! the interior meat is still piping hot when served and super juicy!

                                                                                                                                                However, as per my previous visit, I still found both the batter and meat under-seasoned! The blandness of the meat simply did not reflect that the chicken pieces had been 'brined' for over 24 hours!!
                                                                                                                                                Timing was definitely more spot on than before, since the color of the coating was less dark and overcooked. An additional observation: the batter actually tasted a bit 'sweet'? The result of sharing the same fryer oil as the potato fries?
                                                                                                                                                Lastly, a word about the coleslaw. I would describe the product as 'lazy'!! Shredded cabbage simply mixed with overly tangy buttermilk and lots of black pepper?!! It actually tasted 'gamey'! Weird!!!

                                                                                                                                                In conclusion, Stockyard's chicken definitely has the foundation to become a great fried chicken if only more attention is paid to the seasoning of both the meat and the batter coating. I'm sure the addition of just a little bit more salt would kick it up another big notch!

                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                  If the chicken being under-salted is your only complaint, you can always just add some salt yourself :) That's an easy fix!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                    But why should you? I'm sorry and just a southern gal, but when I get fried chicken it should be awesome, either out of the fryer , or the next day.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                      I totally hear what you're saying...and I agree. But Charles was saying that everything about the chicken was good except for the fact that it was under-seasoned. So, I was just saying that if he liked everything about it, with the exception of the seasoning, that's a very easy fix, and not enough of a reason to write it off completely.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                        I found the chicken (fried) at stockyards to be better the next day. Nothing bad about it, but in my mind, not real southern chicken. Let the flame wars begin!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                          I've never had "real" southern fried chicken, but I LOVE Stockyards, and I've never had a bad experience there.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes I think we do ourselves a disservice by constantly comparing food to what we consider to be "authentic". In my opinion, if it's good, it's good, regardless of whether it's 100% authentic.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                            If they brined their chicken correctly, then in theory, the correct saltiness should be infused into the meat. The same also applies to the batter!! To sprinkle salt crystals unevenly onto the surface just do not create the desired taste sensation and effect! The Fried Chicken I had at NYC's Hill Country Chicken a few months back was way better!

                                                                                                                                                            BTW, How often does one find a 'salt shaker' on a table in a 'fine' restaurant, especially Michelin starred ones?! A great chef should taste and season his food properly before letting them out into the dining room!!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                              I completely hear what you're saying Charles. You're right. In fine dining establishments you won't find salt on the table and it shouldn't be incumbent on the patron to season the food so that it's sufficiently seasoned. That being said, Stockyards is not fine dining.

                                                                                                                                                              I'm not disagreeing with you. I guess I just have a soft spot for Stockyards, having always had great experiences there.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                For comparison, this 'middle of the road' ( by American standard) version from NYC's Hill Country Chicken was also greaseless, perfectly seasoned, juicy, incredibly flavorful and have great crunchy/crispy texture coating! No ad-hoc improvisation was needed!
                                                                                                                                                                BTW, they use free-range chicken!

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                    Free range chicken is a scam and a joke, in both countries. It deserves its own thread.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                      " a scam and a joke "??? - What makes you say that?? Are you referring to Hill Country's claim of using free range chicken or was your remark applied to free-range chicken in general?! Please kindly enlighten!

                                                                                                                                                                      Here in Toronto, the 'free range' chicken I've eaten from the west coast farm 'Wing Tat' was so flavorful and with such great chewy texture, I have had relatives from Hong Kong commenting the flavor was even better than the 'live' chicken from over there!!

                                                                                                                                                                      BTW, go try the free range chicken ( supplied by Wing Tat ) from Judy's Cuisine, O Mei, Emperor or Yang's...etc?? I think the taste and texture will help to sway you?!!!

                                                                                                                                                                      FYI, over 40 chowhounders who attended the chowmeets I organized, all have a chance to taste different preparation of this chicken, from establishments captioned above, one way or another. From their postings, they have nothing but praise about their taste!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                        Just tell me that your restaurateurs are not using Cornish X cross chickens, whole range or organic or penned. This breed is used in all farms and barns. It is not GMO, but selectively bred since 1955, and lives to eat. They won't go outside if there is food inside!!
                                                                                                                                                                        They can't fly, or even roost successfully.
                                                                                                                                                                        They are ready in 8 weeks,(No Frills) or 10-12 weeks (Costco, restaurants etc.) Some are fed better than others, even getting costly organic feed, but the taste is similar, and prevalent.

                                                                                                                                                                        The breed is dominant because it can't be reproduced (remember Mendel?) and the chick breeders have control, even over organic growers!!

                                                                                                                                                                        I actually like these birds, but they are all the same, from Foodland to SLM!! It depends on the cooking...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                          FYI, jay90
                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.wingtat.ca/about

                                                                                                                                                                          I have eaten the 'mushy soft textured' chicken of Costco. Never again!! The Wing Tat version is in a totally different class of its own. Yellow skin, smaller in size, harder bones and actually possesses 'chicken taste'! The meat is 'chewy' and has textural feel.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                            I always buy the free range chicken (raw, yellow oil or not) from the poultry store next to New City Restaurant in Peachtree Plaza. I find it better than Wing Tat's.
                                                                                                                                                                            May I suggest you to try?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                              Just compare the three chickens in the wingtat website. Most restaurateurs will buy the cheaper 10 week Cornish X bird on the left, to the scrawny tough 150 day laying hen in the middle. As I asked above, what do they use? And would Stockyards or Harlem be any different?

                                                                                                                                                                              BTW disgusting photo on their site with wind turbines!!
                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.wingtat.ca/about

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                wait, what? what's so disgusting about wind turbines?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                  NIMBY
                                                                                                                                                                                  And they are not contributing to the power needed for our current heat wave because there is no wind.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                    They're not good for some aspects of the environment, they may cause health problems for people who live nearby, and property values drop for people who live in the vicinity as soon as they're built.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Wind turbines are a hot topic outside the GTA.
                                                                                                                                                                                    http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=38389#.U...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm also wondering if Charles used the hot sauce, because that really adds a nice element to the chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                    Where are you from Lex??

                                                                                                                                                                    In my travels I've found that there are basically 2 types of fried chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                    One is like the Colonels with 11 herbs and spices. The other is a basic coating that is really all about letting the chicken shine through. When done right, both are good.

                                                                                                                                                                    And Charles is right, simply sprinkling some salt on the pieces is not gonna make up for a poor brine job.

                                                                                                                                                                    I'll have to go back and try it again. The piece I had was excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                      Then there is the big crunchier popeye's style.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                        I read a cook book which tells you how how to create food similar to the ones you get at restaurants. According to their tests, there is just one or two species in the KFC recipe - it's mostly MSG.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Teep

                                                                                                                                                                          Well if one of the species includes chickens, what would the other species be?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Teep

                                                                                                                                                                            Colonel Sanders was never happy with the food in his outlets after he sold out. He was even sued for libeling the holding company Heublein for calling the gravy sludge and paste.
                                                                                                                                                                            It is likely that KFC minimized the 11 spices and herbs, so that salt and pepper were dominant.
                                                                                                                                                                            Can anyone here identify any other spices or herbs in the current KFC fried chicken?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                              I recall watching Top Secret Recipe tv show a number of years ago. Season 1 episode 1 featured KFC. It was amusing to watch. Some people might not like Todd Wilbur but I found him entertaining. You can find it in the "usual" places :)

                                                                                                                                                                              In reality, not sure of the spice mix but he has some good suggestions for replicating the recipe at home even if some of the detective work looks like "made for tv"

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                Honestly, I can't even imagine eating it to find out! KFC is right up there with hero burger for me. unpalatable.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to like "dirty bird"..but lately the chicken pieces have been really tiny and the color is no longer golden brown but a dull grayish brown.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Popeyes is my go to fast food chicken joint now.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                    I reserve my 'dirty bird' designation for Swiss Chalet. I avoid it like the plague (because it actually may be the plague), and I'd be loathe to see what their chicken processing centers look like. But either qualifies...

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                        We finally had an opportunity to try Popeye's last weekend as we happened to be in Brampton at lunch time and saw a Popeye's at the City Centre. Unfortunately our experience wasn't great at all. It kicked off with a customer coming back up to the counter with a piece of chicken with a "hair on it" while we were waiting for our order. The cashier looked at her and said "so...do you want another piece?". !! We were already afraid!

                                                                                                                                                                                        We took our order to go and found that an order of coleslaw and all our sauces were missing but we had a container of poutine that we didn't order. The spicy chicken was extremely greasy and seemed as though it had been double fried. The regular chicken was tough and the wing pieces on two orders were quite over done. The red beans and rice were the highlight but the bean to rice ratio differed considerably between the 3 orders.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thankfully no hairs though!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm like you justsayn. I can't stand KFC, with the exception of their hot wings, which are kind of a guilty pleasure for me ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                          That's funny kwass. Me too but I actually even gave up on those a couple of years ago out of spite for disliking the place so much for the chicken they put out!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny! I've done things like that out of spite too :)

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                              Glad you went again, Charles! Still don't agree with you on the seasoning - maybe it's not "perfect", but it's definitely not bland...

                                                                                                                                                                              btw, I was there the other day - actually, I think it may have been the same day as Charles!!! and I had the burger... pretty damn good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

                                                                                                                                                                              (punctuation is inside joke for TJ)

                                                                                                                                                                            3. just got a batch from paulette's in leslieville -- it looks like they have dramatically changed their recipe. no more crunchy coating, in fact really barely any coating at all! the meat was burnt and dried out -- would not have believed it was brined --
                                                                                                                                                                              and just quite terrible all around. (the drumstick was ok.) i've had it before a couple times and thought it was pretty decent, but it's been about a year and they've made some dramatic changes to their chicken, and it's for the worse. the place was never a bargain, and now it's downright objectionable.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow! That looks ridiculously good!! Have you tried it jenjen?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't, but, I am now following them on twitter just to see when they do it again!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, it's ridiculously good. Probably the new best in the city. I was in today and inquired - I think he's going to make it next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                        Porchetta &co is on my radar now, thanks for the tip! =)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow!!! Looks good!!! Time for 'another' special trip!!
                                                                                                                                                                                          Damn! How come all the great sinful stuff are down south??!! :(

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                            And when I trek to Stockyards I'm always wondering - why do they have to be so far north!! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                            I had it last week and really enjoyed it. The half chicken dinner is a little more expensive than Stockyards, but you get some interesting sides and a couple of pops (go Boylans for max value). It's easily a two person meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The Sides -

                                                                                                                                                                                            The cornbread comes in individual muffins. It was solid, but not of a style I like as it was very sweet. Very filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The cilantro crema sauce was very rich, but quite tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The pickled jalapenos were good and would have worked nicely in the cornbread.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The coleslaw was beautifully fresh, zippy and tart with a touch of creaminess. I usually prefer no mayo in coleslaw, but this was stellar and was just the right counterpoint to all the rich food. A good amount as well. I finished it off two days later.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Best side though is the porchetta gravy. I could drink it by the tub. I'll be ordering extra next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The chicken was juicy, the coating nicely spiced and not greasy. Reheated the next day in a low toaster oven it didn't dry out and crisped nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Basically, they could open a dedicated outlet for Fried Chicken tomorrow and it would probably outperform their original concept. I like to suggest a Parkdale location.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Pantz

                                                                                                                                                                                              Nope, the west end is far too good-fried-chicken-heavy as is. It will have to be on Danforth East, where rent - and competition - is low!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                  from what i can gather from both living in this city and talking to a number of number of restaurateurs low price point to high, no one wants to expand eastwards. beyond libretto, which is a family friendly concept anyways, anyone i've talked to has their eye set on a very different demographic than what the east end offers. i'm not saying this is good or bad or that it doesn't leave the door open for a smart concept to capitalize on the comparatively dull food scene, but it is what it is

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                                    They will come... eventually they will come. And like me, after they stop reeling from the culture shock, some of them will stay :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                                Puzzling that their website seems to only indicate pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a special that they do every once in a while. They also do soft shell crab and lobster rolls on occasion, both of which are great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                    They are quite active on Twitter, announcing all their specials in advance. For example, they tweeted on Thursday that they will be having their soft shell crab po'boy special on Fri/Sat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://twitter.com/PorchettaAndCo

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Deep Puddle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Something ironic about only finding chicken on Twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the explanation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally got to try this last night and it was a big hit. Crispy, juicy, not greasy. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think that for me Stockyards still has the slight upper hand because I think theirs is spiced a bit more to my personal taste but just ever so slightly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good meal indeed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now if only the weather would break a wee bit and I could get a good run in to make up for all of this good eating!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think the crispness and texture of P&Cs is far better - hence why they have my vote.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A very close second for me but I'm really in love with stockyards fried chicken. If I lived closer I would eat it at least once a week without even batting an eyelash!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. I have been on a bit of a fried chicken quest over the last few months. I have tried Chick n Joy, Morgans on the Danforth, The East Ender (at brunch), Paulette's, White Brick Kitchen..... and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My favourite, by pretty far, was White Brick Kitchen. I found it flavourful and the coating - unlike at some places - was actually seasoned!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I admit that I have not been back to the Stockyards in about 3 years but the fired chicken at the time had a pretty flavourless coating - it needed some salt and pepper. I need to go back to try it again though and will soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would go back to White Brick Kitchen sooner though :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now that Hadley's is gone, WBK is by far my favourite too. Everything is great there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Just so you all know, there's a fried chicken battle Monday @ the Drake:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      https://twitter.com/spotlightcity/sta...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Free??!! No way??!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wonder how the whole event works?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Like all 86'd Mondays work - show up, free food! Mingle, walk around, sit down, etc. Just don't go late. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Furtherto what jlunar said,they still have regular seating, etc. last time and only time I have gone. Fore was for prosciutto night. I ended up or ding a meal and a drink and then when the prosciutto came out I tried the different tyes and then voted for my favourite. Going to try to make it Monday night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The popular 86'd nights can be a bit chaotic (thinking of the ceviche and donut ones I've been to in the past) - the space gets really full of people and then when they bring the food out everyone descends willy-nilly and tries to take pictures while others are grabbing food. If it's hot, it'll be gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LemonLauren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I am debating if I should go now... ha... I went for the "prosciutto" night and it was pretty calm but I am thinking the fried chicken will be popular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, 86'd is hosted by one of the most pretentious people on the Toronto Dining "scene", so be prepared!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well now that's not nice at all! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LemonLauren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very chaotic. Our first and probably last visit last night for the fried chicken thing. We got there early and got seats at the bar. While the bar area slowly filled up we dropped a mint at the bar and once the chicken became available got...two pieces. They were cold too. Should have known better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Based on my past experience it usually isn't "that" busy... Having said that, I think they could organize things a bit better to create a single direction of the flow of people... The space is quiet tight though so not sure if logistically that could even work. I can see if that is your only experience why you wouldn't want to go back though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Went tonight after another food event (the salumi event at Victorinox). Got there shortly after 8 and the chicken came out around 8:30. Had a drink and grabbed a feprice exes of chicken. It was definitely busy and a bit chaotic but overall not s bad as I expected. I wish I knew what was what but overall they were all good especially since they weren't just out of the fryer. Anyone else go? Who was the winner? Sure it is on twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  edit, just check - bar Isabel won.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      See the twitter link above that you posted :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I saw that. I thought you were saying that you didn't know who made what, but that you might know which restaurants were participating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your twitter link lists exactly who competed, which sounds like what you were asking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is what I was asking. And you're right. I didn't read the fine print on something I posted myself. Boy do I feel stupid!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Another fried chicken related event - this time at Gilead Cafe on Friday (July 19):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.jamiekennedy.ca/PDFs/chick...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yorkshire Valley Farms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6pm to 10pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beers featured for $5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FRIED CHICKEN & FIXIN'S!!! This WED. & THURS. Night ***Starts @ 5:00pm*** @ Porchetta & Co.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh my goodness - cancel all my other plans! Can anyone tell me what to expect? How many pieces can one get? What sides do they usually have? I need to know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from the @PorchettaAndCo twitter feed, see <http://pic.twitter.com/bzcHCszMem>:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2pc + 1drink = ~$13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4pc + 2drink = ~$23
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8pc + 4drink = ~$40

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          all include fixins

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the heads up... Tempted to head down to or row just for this but no where close to the area.. Guess will wait for the next special :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ha, just noticing my typo... "down tomorrow" not "to or row" :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What has the lineups been like?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haven't been myself, but if you're worried that they'll run out or that you won't get in, apparently you can call ahead to place an order. Here is what they said on Twitter:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FRIED CHICKEN & FIXIN'S TONIGHT!!! Call ahead for pre-order if you want... Starts @ 5:00pm pic.twitter.com/1UaHzIjLIL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no, we`ll be there a little after 5pm, just wondering how many people show up and how soon after starting...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i went yesterday at like 630 and there were 2 other people there. was about a 5 min wait as chicken was cooling or something, i didn't really pay attention because i was focused on making sure i didn't get a parking ticket

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chicken is good, not great. i got the 2 pc combo which came with pickled jalapenos, some buttermilk dressing thing, hot sauce, coleslaw (shredded cabbage in milky water, uniformly white and unpleasant looking and subdued in flavour), chicken gravy (really, truly delicious stuff) and a jalapeno cornbread biscuit thing studded with cheese bits, also very good. the chicken was nothing really to write home about. the pieces were small and the coating had some crunch to it but the drum was noticeably saltier than the other piece. it was also slightly on the dry side, not sure what their brining process is like but it could probably use a little more of it. not a bad effort by any means but at $15 for the above food and a soda (included, but i don't really drink soda so i wish there was a way to opt out), i felt that the value wasn't necessarily all there

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Too lazy to read the entire thread...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Don't know if it has been mentioned already, but some of the best fried chicken (especially the spicy "Southern Style Chicken" @Chicken Chicken is available at the snack bar on the second floor of Woodbine Racetrack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Below is a picture of the snackbar, so you can't miss it. Enjoy the amazing fried chicken there!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: YummyYummy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Heard about it either here or on Redflagdeals. Definitely on my list of places to check out! Haven't been to Woodbine in ages

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. According to The Grid's tweet, Paulette's is closing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, here are the full details:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/cl...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Becoming Delica Kitchen's 2nd location. No more fried chicken but dougnuts still available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow...that's nuts! I can't believe they won't be making fried chicken any more. I loved that concept!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. It's out there on the Twittersphere that Paulette's will be closing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They will however continue to make donuts. No idea where you'll get 'em thought

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DT

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is a discussion on this started by Prima and more details in The Grid article I linked to :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Porchetta and Co tweeted that they are doing the fried chicken special again. Looks like it may be becoming a regular Wednesday/Thursday thing. I will try to get out there tonight on my way to another event.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since Paulette's closed down, I've been trying to pressure them in to opening up a... Fried Chicken & Co. It's that good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So I ended up making it in last night. Not busy at all when I went around 6ish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't really like how they have the deal setup where you have to buy a drink. And, if you buy 4 pieces you get 2 drinks/etc. Having said that at least they have Boylan soda as well. I would like the option just to buy the chicken by itself. At the current pricing of $13 for 2 pieces and a drink plus some sides I won't be rushing back. I thought the chicken itself was good but to me it wasn't as good as Stockyards or White Brick Kitchen. I found the value was better at these other two places as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 Pieces is considered "a quarter chicken" they said. I didn't get a big breast piece or anything. I felt the coating wasn't even on my pieces either. I also would prefer made to order vs. holding it heated in their display counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Overall, it was worth trying and if I had gotten there at 5pm maybe I would have had more of a "wow" factor. The flavour of the coating is very good but I just have fonder memories of Stockyards and WBK. Oh, the gravy was delicious though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I still recommend people to try it but maybe my expectations were too high going into it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm curious re WBK. What makes it stand out for you over Porcetta? On my first try last Friday was good but not even close to Stockyards for me or Porcetta. I found it lacking in season and more than a wee bit greasy, like the oil wasn't hot enough kind of greasy and I had a little pool of oil on my plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to clarify by saying I have only had the fried chicken once at both WBK and Stockyards. When I had WBK I didnt' have the issue you had. Maybe it wasn't "seasoned" as much as some people like it but I prefer less salt than more so I usually don't miss salt if people under salt. It was really crispy when I had it. The only thing I didn't like was the side biscuit that had scallions in it. I wasn't a fan. I didn't have a problem with pooling oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think I need to go for a refresher at both spots to do a fair comparison with Porchetta and Co but in my memory the other two win out still.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also had a very good experience at WBK about a month ago and found the chicken to be not overly greasy at all and quite flavourful. More flavourful than the Stockyards' chicken, in fact - although I need to go back there as my Stockyards review is quite old by now. I haven't tried Porchetta's chicken yet so can't compare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love WBK too and have not had a greasy version of it. We've ordered it on 3 occasions now. Juicy, tasty and a great breading. It is probably my favourite now that Hadley's is gone. : (

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I will have to give it a second go but given all the fried chicken I've had as of late, I need to wait a wee bit or start training for a marathon - and not of the eating kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Did anyone go to the Jamie Kennedy fry up last time? They are doing another one on August 30th. I have marked my calendar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://twitter.com/YVForganic/status...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Just got back from Mom's Chicken in the Galleria supermarket and I gotta say that's some damn fine bird!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $23.00 got us a whole chicken,half with sauce half without + 3 cans o' Coke. Excellent value and real tasty. I'll definitely go back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Go early or phone ahead if you're like me and hate lineups,also bring some wet naps......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make sure you get the white pickled radish too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was so engrossed in the chicken that I forgot about the pickled raddish,which was included. Next trip there I want to try some of the steam table dishes as well. Everything looked mighty tasty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Reminder that Gilead Cafe is doing a chicken fry up again tonight http://www.jamiekennedy.ca/PDFs/chick...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Toronto Life posted up Stockyard's fried chicken recipe here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting. On DDDs this is what he did :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cut chicken into 10 pieces (breasts cut in half)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brine for 24 hrs with :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salt and Sugar, warm water to disolve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bay leaf, fresh thyme, garlic, whole allspice berries, whole pepper corns, sliced red onion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Add cold water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marinate for 24hrs with :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cayenne, paprika, lemon pepper, salt + pepper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Add butter milk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken in bag, pour in marinate, fridge for 24hrs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drain, toss in seasoned flour, shake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deep fry in 315 canola for 13 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haven't tried making this yet, but I did think I could taste allspice in that chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I find the "secret" to making KFC style is pepper. Lots and lots of pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Thought all y'all might like to know, I Went to Philly is rolling out a new menu (they say) next week and it will include Chicken and Waffles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If it's anything like their cheese steaks then it will be excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.iwenttophilly.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DT

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow!! Thanks for letting us know Davwud!! Will definitely check that out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NP.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now all we need to do is make sure it's good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just be forewarned that this is not C&W as you would know it. I was rather taken aback when it showed up at my table as a waffle cone with popcorn chicken in it. So it's an interesting spin that's for sure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://twitpic.com/djluvx

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now, first things first. They don't have a new menu up yet. I did phone first and asked if they had it and was advised that if I went in, they'd hook me up. So just ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Secondly, it was delicious. I thought the cone was amazing and the chicken was thoroughly great. They use cubed breast meat that's dredged in Frosted Flakes. It was moist enough being breast meat and very, very tasty. Props to my buddy for nailing FF for the coating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's pretty sweet. My bud was saying it's almost/boardering on dessert. He loved it too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We also grabbed an order of Pizza Fries. They were fantastic as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://twitpic.com/djliao

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've now had 7 items on their menu (not including drinks) and the worst one was excellent. I told my buddy that it's becoming a real Go To place for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is that icing sugar on the fried chicken?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It certainly was. Sweet but very enjoyable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm definitely glad to have to try it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mmmmm… cheesy beef goodness (drool). Can't wait to try the chicken and waffles. Crossing my fingers it delivers the flavour and textures of what I had down south.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. November 24 (Sunday evening - There is a special fried chicken menu at Momofuku Noodle Bar in conjuction with Garbardine:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Details
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://momofuku.tumblr.com/post/65526...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Menu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://momofuku.com/toronto/noodle-ba...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Menu here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://momofuku.com/wp-content/upload...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm a bit slow today. Do you know if it is $125 for the whole menu that can be shared by 4 to 8 or is that a pp? I don't think it is pp but I could be very wrong. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think $125 total is a safe bet. A thousand dollars for two chickens might be a little bit excessive. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Note that the $125 is for the large format fried chicken at the bottom of the menu only. All the stuff in the other sections are a la carte.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And yes, the $125 is for the order, regardless of how many people you have eating it. I've done it before with 8 people and it's plenty of food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh that makes much more sense that those items would all be a la carte. I was trying hard to make the math work in my head and as Michael pointed out $1k for two chickens is more than a bit much - even with all the fixin'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I can find no mention anywhere online of this soon-to-be-opening Licken Chicken and Seafood place on Danforth just east of Donlands. Has anyone heard anything?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No but drove by the other day and meant to post here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Intriguing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you say it is soon-to-be-opening because a sign says something generic like "Opening Soon", or because there is a fast-approaching date that is specified somewhere?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Deep Puddle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, a generic sign with no specified opening date and not a clue to be found anywhere that I can find! If anyone knows or discovers anything, keep us posted!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Licken Chicken and Seafood is now open at 1028 Danforth Ave. Apparently it is halal. I plan to try it this weekend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lucywinchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why do I get the feeling this is another former Popeye's franchise owner opening a copycat?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. What's WBK? Drawing a blank...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think I have a new best of Fried chicken in Toronto favourite, after having it a few times - Bar Isabel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Man is it addictive. Very tender, well seasoned, and a great crust. It's pretty much perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ya, that's it. Thanks Nevy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've not had their fried chicken yet... but my new fav is BI.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I was at Duke Refresher last night (a new concept from Sircorp, located in the Aura building Yonge/College). I saw they had fried chicken on the menu so I decided to order it and take one for the CH team to see if it was any good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Unfortunately, it wasn't. It was "okay" (i.e. the chicken itself was decent) but the skin/batter was weird. One of my friends tried it and he said "if I just tasted the batter/fried skin I would have thought it was fish and chips".. And he was dead on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It comes with a honey drizzle but I asked them to put in on the side. It would have been even worse with that drizzled on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Having said that ,I would definitely go back to this place for a drink. They have a decent beer selection. It is quiet lively so if you want a quiet place this is not a spot to go (most people seemed in their 30s and younger).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The amount of money I've wasted over the years taking one for the chow team is unbelievable - thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Yummy_Tummy what kind of chicken do you like.. if it's the Southern fried chicken there are tons of suggestions below. If you like a typical fried chicken I really like the one at Daisho, but it's served family style so you need to go with at least 5 people to share it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need more information feel free to check out my experience http://gastroworldblog.blogspot.ca/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gastroworld

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They only serve the Fried Chicken (same kind) at Noodle Bar now, not Daisho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: canadianbeaver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Canadian Beaver, really? Wow did not realize, but good to know. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Any new places serving good fried chicken in the city?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I recently heard about Staxx Chicken and Waffles in Hamilton - http://hungryhammergirl.blogspot.ca/2...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Definitely on my to try list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you have tried some not so good fried chicken please post as well so I can avoid it. Like, I heard that The Citizen has good fried chicken but it is $18 and it doesn't look that great in this pic! http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/the... (unless half the serving was eaten already :) )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Taco Farm in Waterloo is doing some interesting Fried chicken. It's fried in corn flour (dark and very crunchy), with a honey, lime, tequila and black pepper glaze. I found the chicken a bit too sweet at first bite - I'm not really a hot sauce guy - but once I added one of their 3 homemade hot sauces (arbol, chipotle, habanero), the flavors came together nicely...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BTW... they also do a great pork belly taco (not authentic, not trying to be)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not exactly "in the city" (GTA?) but then again, neither is Hamilton. Depending on where you live in the GTA, drive is about the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Haven't tried it yet, but a new place just opened up called Luther's Chicken and it's sold out of Churchill Bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are some pics:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I definitely want to try this place. Anyone been yet? A write up and pics on BlogTO today:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/lut...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sbug206

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've only had the sandwich (Wed. special), and it's quite good, though the amount of chicken isn't exactly generous. It's tasty though; the crust was really well-seasoned, and the chicken was tender but the not as juicy as I would have liked. It's definitely better than KFC, better than Popeye's, but Popeye's sandwich is bigger and only $4 on Wednesday or something (half the price of Luther's).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think they do a Toonie Tuesday as well (it's only one piece of chicken though).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd like to go back just for fried chicken, but the price is a bit excessive. Though I haven't tried the actual chicken outside of the sandwich, I can't imagine it being that much better than Stockyards, and it's much more expensive (a 4 piece at Stockyards is about the same price as 2 pieces at Luther's).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. BlogTo just compiled a list of the best fried chicken. Here's the link:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't believe they left Popeye's off the list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In case you don't know... the top 10 lists on BlogTo are "user generated" i.e. people vote for the top 10. I am surprised that the users didn't vote for Popeye's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also don't take the BlogTO lists as gospel but I will definitely give a spot a try if I haven't tried/heard of it before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Might be better to just stop posting BlogTO "compiled lists." They have enough traction and no one cares, because it's a bunch of nonsense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: yakionigiri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To be fair, I will not go as far as to call it ' a bunch of nonsense '. That's a bit harsh?! After all, their top voting products such as those from Stockyard and Electric mud also jive with our best candidates. However, I do agree that their 'entire' list is kind of inconsistent since fine offering from say 'Bar Isabel' was missing?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EM's fried chicken is mediocre. Bar Isabel doesn't serve their fried chicken anymore except on their late night menu. I think it was the new champ though, just in front of Stockyards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would give EM's fried chicken another shot, eaten there recently and its quite good. Porchetta's fried chicken special is also amazing when they have it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's because of the way they generate their Top 10 lists. They aren't in any way valid or accurate, but thankfully enough "people" "voted" to ensure that Kelsey's or Jack Astor's wasn't #1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eater's list of "top restaurants" was heavily criticized, but people seem to post BlogTO lists and articles in every thread. Why? BlogTO is less useful than perusing your high school friends' Facebook links...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just wait until BlogTO posts a "Best Cantonese Food in the GTA" list, Charles!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: yakionigiri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Only Eaters' first list was heavily mocked (and rightfully so). Their second list was quite respectable. Sadly, they are changing editors again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's what I'm saying. Unfortunately, BlogTO won't change "contributors" anytime soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: yakionigiri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good one! I'll toss in my 2 cents worth if and when they do publish such a list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You think they'd let you? Their #1-10 will be Ho-Lee-Chow's different locations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: yakionigiri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether their lists are accurate or not, they're still fun to read. I mean look at the conversation that this one is generating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. I'm throwing this out there as an option since it has not been listed. Try, Hawthorne Food & Drink. Chicken is soaked and cooked sous vide in buttermilk for 2 hours then fried. The result – an extremely juicy interior with a well seasoned crunchy exterior. The contrasting textures are marvelous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Disclaimer: I do not eat a lot of fried chicken. My experiences are limited to KFC, Popeye's and Church's. I'm willing to admit I like Popeye's!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Apprentice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hawthorne Food & Drink makes very good fried chicken, although the portion is a little on the small side.