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Where's the best fried chicken in the GTA ?

Yummy_Tummy Mar 26, 2012 05:58 PM

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

  1. Gastroworld Dec 21, 2013 08:52 AM

    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
      canadianbeaver Dec 21, 2013 01:14 PM

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

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        Gastroworld Dec 21, 2013 01:29 PM

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

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      ylsf Dec 21, 2013 06:21 AM

      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
        Food Tourist Jan 2, 2014 05:05 AM

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

      2. justxpete Nov 7, 2013 04:51 PM

        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: justxpete
          Nevy Nov 7, 2013 04:54 PM

          WBK is white brick kitchen?

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            justxpete Nov 7, 2013 05:09 PM

            Ya, that's it. Thanks Nevy.

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

            1. re: justxpete
              kwass Nov 7, 2013 06:06 PM


              1. re: kwass
                Davwud Nov 8, 2013 02:53 AM

                Bar Isabel


                1. re: Davwud
                  kwass Nov 8, 2013 06:00 AM

                  Thanks Davwud!

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          lucywinchester Nov 1, 2013 08:46 AM

          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
            Davwud Nov 1, 2013 11:40 AM

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


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              Deep Puddle Nov 1, 2013 11:46 AM


              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?

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                lucywinchester Nov 1, 2013 04:23 PM

                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
                lucywinchester Nov 22, 2013 06:04 PM

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

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                  sbug206 Nov 23, 2013 08:58 PM

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

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                ylsf Nov 1, 2013 08:08 AM

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



                Menu here

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                  JennaBean Nov 1, 2013 09:58 AM

                  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
                    Michael N Nov 1, 2013 10:14 AM

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

                    1. re: JennaBean
                      TorontoJo Nov 1, 2013 10:21 AM

                      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.

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                        JennaBean Nov 1, 2013 10:55 AM

                        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. Davwud Oct 24, 2013 11:35 AM

                    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.



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                    1. re: Davwud
                      kwass Oct 24, 2013 12:23 PM

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

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                        Davwud Oct 24, 2013 01:35 PM

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


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                          Davwud Nov 1, 2013 11:50 AM

                          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.

                          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.

                          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.


                          1. re: Davwud
                            kwass Nov 1, 2013 11:55 AM

                            Is that icing sugar on the fried chicken?

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                              Davwud Nov 1, 2013 03:51 PM



                              1. re: Davwud
                                kwass Nov 1, 2013 03:52 PM


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                                  Davwud Nov 1, 2013 04:04 PM

                                  It certainly was. Sweet but very enjoyable.


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                                    kwass Nov 1, 2013 04:08 PM

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

                        2. re: Davwud
                          scarberian Oct 24, 2013 07:39 PM

                          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. Charles Yu Oct 4, 2013 05:51 PM

                          Use this 'KFC' secret recipe and make them at home!!

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                          1. re: Charles Yu
                            Googs Oct 7, 2013 11:04 AM

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

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                            ylsf Sep 19, 2013 10:34 AM

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


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                            1. re: ylsf
                              PoppiYYZ Oct 4, 2013 11:27 AM

                              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.

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                              ylsf Aug 30, 2013 11:02 AM

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

                              1. petek Aug 1, 2013 10:33 AM

                                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
                                  jlunar Aug 1, 2013 12:41 PM

                                  Make sure you get the white pickled radish too!

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                                    petek Aug 1, 2013 01:00 PM

                                    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!

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                                  ylsf Aug 1, 2013 07:10 AM

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


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                                    ylsf Jul 31, 2013 12:02 PM

                                    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
                                      justxpete Jul 31, 2013 02:09 PM

                                      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
                                        ylsf Aug 1, 2013 06:53 AM

                                        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
                                          JennaBean Aug 1, 2013 07:06 AM

                                          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
                                            ylsf Aug 1, 2013 07:13 AM

                                            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
                                              lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 07:20 AM

                                              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
                                                justsayn Aug 1, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                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
                                                  JennaBean Aug 1, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                  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. Davwud Jul 30, 2013 02:44 PM

                                            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


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                                            1. re: Davwud
                                              ylsf Jul 30, 2013 03:01 PM

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

                                            2. prima Jul 30, 2013 11:44 AM

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

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                                                ylsf Jul 30, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                Thanks, here are the full details:


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

                                                1. re: ylsf
                                                  kwass Jul 30, 2013 01:24 PM

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

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                                                YummyYummy Jul 21, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                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!!!


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                                                1. re: YummyYummy
                                                  ylsf Jul 21, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                  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. kwass Jul 16, 2013 02:42 PM

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

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                                                  1. re: kwass
                                                    lucywinchester Jul 16, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                    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
                                                      mstestzzz002 Jul 16, 2013 07:15 PM

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

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

                                                      all include fixins

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                                                        lucywinchester Jul 17, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                        Thank you!

                                                    2. re: kwass
                                                      jlunar Jul 16, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                      >_< Noooo... I'm not in town.

                                                      1. re: kwass
                                                        ylsf Jul 16, 2013 08:02 PM

                                                        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 :(

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                                                          ylsf Jul 17, 2013 08:16 AM

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

                                                        2. re: kwass
                                                          lister Jul 18, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                          What has the lineups been like?

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                                                            kwass Jul 18, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                            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
                                                              lister Jul 18, 2013 01:15 PM

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

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                                                                disgusti Jul 18, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                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

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                                                          ylsf Jul 16, 2013 08:53 AM

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


                                                          Yorkshire Valley Farms

                                                          6pm to 10pm

                                                          Beers featured for $5

                                                          1. kwass Jul 11, 2013 02:01 PM

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


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                                                            1. re: kwass
                                                              Charles Yu Jul 11, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                              Great!!!!!! Thanks!!

                                                              1. re: kwass
                                                                Charles Yu Jul 12, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                Free??!! No way??!!

                                                                Wonder how the whole event works?!

                                                                1. re: Charles Yu
                                                                  jlunar Jul 12, 2013 08:50 PM

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

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                                                                    ylsf Jul 13, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      LemonLauren Jul 15, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        ylsf Jul 15, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                        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
                                                                          justxpete Jul 15, 2013 08:07 AM

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

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                                                                            JennaBean Jul 15, 2013 08:56 AM

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

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                                                                              justxpete Jul 15, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                              Ah well. :P

                                                                        2. re: LemonLauren
                                                                          lister Jul 16, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                                          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
                                                                            ylsf Jul 16, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                            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
                                                                        ylsf Jul 15, 2013 07:25 PM

                                                                        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: ylsf
                                                                          kwass Jul 15, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                          Who was competing?

                                                                          1. re: kwass
                                                                            ylsf Jul 15, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                            See the twitter link above that you posted :)

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                                                                              justxpete Jul 15, 2013 08:22 PM


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                                                                                kwass Jul 16, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  TorontoJo Jul 16, 2013 01:06 PM


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

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                                                                                    kwass Jul 16, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                    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!!!!!!

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                                                                          lucywinchester Jul 11, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                          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
                                                                            justsayn Jul 11, 2013 06:40 AM

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

                                                                          2. jennjen18 Jul 11, 2013 04:20 AM

                                                                            Has anyone tried Porchetta & Co's version? https://twitter.com/PorchettaAndCo/st...

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                                                                              kwass Jul 11, 2013 05:17 AM

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

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                                                                                ylsf Jul 11, 2013 07:25 AM

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

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                                                                                  justxpete Jul 11, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                    jlunar Jul 11, 2013 10:45 AM


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                                                                                      justxpete Jul 11, 2013 10:50 AM



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                                                                                    eatrunrepeat Jul 11, 2013 10:51 AM

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

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                                                                                      Charles Yu Jul 11, 2013 12:34 PM

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

                                                                                      1. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                        JennaBean Jul 11, 2013 01:27 PM

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

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                                                                                          kwass Jul 11, 2013 01:35 PM


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                                                                                        Pantz Jul 11, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          lucywinchester Jul 11, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                          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!!

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                                                                                            justxpete Jul 11, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                            West end, fried chicken? Where?

                                                                                            1. re: lucywinchester
                                                                                              disgusti Jul 11, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                              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
                                                                                                lucywinchester Jul 11, 2013 03:44 PM

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

                                                                                          2. re: jennjen18
                                                                                            Ediblethoughts Jul 11, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                            Puzzling that their website seems to only indicate pork.

                                                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts
                                                                                              justxpete Jul 11, 2013 10:21 PM

                                                                                              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
                                                                                                Deep Puddle Jul 12, 2013 03:49 AM

                                                                                                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.


                                                                                                1. re: Deep Puddle
                                                                                                  Ediblethoughts Jul 12, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                  Something ironic about only finding chicken on Twitter.

                                                                                                  Thanks for the explanation.

                                                                                              2. re: jennjen18
                                                                                                JennaBean Jul 18, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                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
                                                                                                  justxpete Jul 18, 2013 01:22 PM

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

                                                                                                  1. re: justxpete
                                                                                                    JennaBean Jul 18, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                autopi Jul 10, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                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. Charles Yu Jul 10, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                  38 Replies
                                                                                                  1. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                    kwass Jul 10, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                      LexiFirefly Jul 10, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                        kwass Jul 10, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                          LexiFirefly Jul 10, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                            kwass Jul 10, 2013 07:43 PM

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

                                                                                                            1. re: LexiFirefly
                                                                                                              kwass Jul 10, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                              Charles Yu Jul 10, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                kwass Jul 10, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                  Charles Yu Jul 11, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                    kwass Jul 11, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                    Thanks Charles :)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                                      jayt90 Jul 14, 2013 04:18 PM

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

                                                                                                                      1. re: jayt90
                                                                                                                        Charles Yu Jul 14, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                        " 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
                                                                                                                          jayt90 Jul 14, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                            Charles Yu Jul 14, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                            FYI, jay90

                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                              ace123 Jul 14, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                              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: ace123
                                                                                                                                Charles Yu Jul 14, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                Will do!! Thanks!

                                                                                                                              2. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                                                jayt90 Jul 14, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                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!!

                                                                                                                                1. re: jayt90
                                                                                                                                  disgusti Jul 14, 2013 09:10 PM

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: disgusti
                                                                                                                                    jayt90 Jul 15, 2013 06:34 AM

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

                                                                                                                                    1. re: disgusti
                                                                                                                                      prima Jul 16, 2013 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.


                                                                                                                  2. re: LexiFirefly
                                                                                                                    kwass Jul 10, 2013 07:31 PM

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: LexiFirefly
                                                                                                                      Davwud Jul 11, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                      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.


                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud
                                                                                                                        justsayn Jul 11, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                        Then there is the big crunchier popeye's style.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Davwud
                                                                                                                          Teep Jul 19, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                            justsayn Jul 19, 2013 07:06 PM

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: Teep
                                                                                                                              jayt90 Jul 20, 2013 04:19 AM

                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                ylsf Jul 20, 2013 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                  justsayn Jul 20, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                    petek Jul 20, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                      justxpete Jul 20, 2013 11:46 PM

                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                        kwass Jul 21, 2013 02:47 AM

                                                                                                                                        +1 Popeyes

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass
                                                                                                                                          justsayn Jul 21, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                          +1 Popeyes and also Church's.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: petek
                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs Jul 30, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                                                                            disgusti Jul 30, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                            not all pops are created equal

                                                                                                                                        3. re: justsayn
                                                                                                                                          kwass Jul 21, 2013 02:47 AM

                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                            justsayn Jul 21, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                              kwass Jul 21, 2013 07:49 AM

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

                                                                                                                              2. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                                                justxpete Jul 11, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                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. kwass Jun 5, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                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):


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                                                                                                                                  eatrunrepeat Jun 3, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                    ylsf Jun 3, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                      eatrunrepeat Jun 3, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                      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. Charles Yu Apr 21, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                    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??!!

                                                                                                                                    7 Replies
                                                                                                                                    1. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                                                      kwass Apr 21, 2013 06:23 PM

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                                                        Food Tourist Apr 21, 2013 06:24 PM

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist
                                                                                                                                          justxpete Apr 22, 2013 09:51 AM

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

                                                                                                                                        2. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                                                          Davwud Apr 22, 2013 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                                          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.


                                                                                                                                          1. re: Davwud
                                                                                                                                            justxpete Apr 22, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                              Davwud Apr 22, 2013 11:34 AM

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


                                                                                                                                          2. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 04:53 AM

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


                                                                                                                                          3. s
                                                                                                                                            SockMonkeyBoy Apr 9, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                            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. prima Mar 28, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                              I'm also hoping to try the Davwud-recommended fried chicken at Rally in the near future. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825007#7488578


                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                Davwud Mar 28, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                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.


                                                                                                                                                1. re: Davwud
                                                                                                                                                  prima Mar 28, 2013 02:49 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: prima
                                                                                                                                                    prima Jun 3, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                      Davwud Jun 3, 2013 11:40 AM

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


                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud
                                                                                                                                                        prima Jun 3, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, DT.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: prima
                                                                                                                                                        Truffles Jun 4, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Truffles
                                                                                                                                                          prima Jun 4, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks :)

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: prima
                                                                                                                                                    Googs Sep 7, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                    msprnt Mar 28, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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. prima Mar 28, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                        fickle Mar 28, 2013 01:47 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fickle
                                                                                                                                                          prima Mar 28, 2013 01:48 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: prima
                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 28, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                          +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
                                                                                                                                                            prima Mar 28, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 28, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Mar 28, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Mar 28, 2013 08:50 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Mar 28, 2013 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    And Saturday brunch with French toast.

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                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 28, 2013 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Mar 28, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 28, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          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 :(

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                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Mar 28, 2013 10:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Beast has an awesome looking fried chicken sandwich at brunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 29, 2013 05:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 29, 2013 05:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Mar 29, 2013 06:49 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  Beast? Haven't tried it.

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                                                                                                                                                                              LexiFirefly Mar 29, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 29, 2013 01:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LexiFirefly Mar 29, 2013 02:15 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Mar 29, 2013 01:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 29, 2013 01:37 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Oct 4, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              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:


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                                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Oct 4, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Oct 4, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                          prima Mar 29, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 29, 2013 10:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              prima Mar 29, 2013 10:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 29, 2013 10:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                          Googs Jul 30, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        disgusti Mar 28, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                          justxpete Mar 28, 2013 03:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                            disgusti Mar 28, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 28, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                jayt90 Mar 28, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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. Bobby Wham Mar 28, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        White Brick

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                                                                                                                                                                          JennaBean Jul 30, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          gloriousfoodwanted Mar 28, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 28, 2013 01:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              justxpete Mar 28, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Teep Mar 28, 2013 07:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Mar 28, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Mar 28, 2013 08:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 28, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      The onion rings ARE pretty damn good!!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. TorontoJo Mar 28, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                  Davwud Mar 28, 2013 08:21 AM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 28, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    It is pretty damn good :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Ediblethoughts Jun 3, 2013 06:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      TorontoJo Jun 3, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Ediblethoughts Jun 4, 2013 05:21 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          TorontoJo Jun 4, 2013 08:06 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Ediblethoughts Jun 5, 2013 02:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              afong56 Jun 5, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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. . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Ediblethoughts Jun 5, 2013 04:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      fatpersonpersony Nov 7, 2013 05:04 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. shekamoo Mar 27, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                        justxpete Mar 27, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        What else have you had that you enjoyed?

                                                                                                                                                                                        For me, Stockyards is #1.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          lister Mar 27, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            shekamoo Mar 28, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            aser Mar 28, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              petek Mar 28, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              "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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                shekamoo Mar 29, 2013 11:56 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Food Tourist Apr 21, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Mar 26, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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..


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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Davwud Mar 26, 2013 03:49 PM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                    petek Mar 26, 2013 05:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      aser Mar 26, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        barneyvernon Mar 27, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. aser Mar 28, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charles Yu Mar 28, 2012 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            aser Mar 28, 2012 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            #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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              terrycar Mar 28, 2012 09:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fryerlover Mar 29, 2012 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Mar 29, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  durianlover Jun 4, 2013 04:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                BJC01 Mar 28, 2012 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  petek Mar 28, 2012 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sasgirl Mar 28, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thecupcakegal Apr 1, 2012 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My picks:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ragtime_6 Mar 28, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. Chester Eleganté Mar 28, 2012 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lmvp Jun 6, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with Mary Brown's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Teep Mar 27, 2012 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any Korean fried chicken worth mentioning?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gwanderc Mar 28, 2012 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Mar 28, 2012 07:32 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Teep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juno Mar 28, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sadistick Mar 28, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            juno Mar 28, 2012 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nart Mar 29, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GoodGravy Mar 28, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LTL Mar 28, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GoodGravy Mar 28, 2012 01:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sumashi Mar 28, 2012 08:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chester Eleganté Mar 28, 2012 01:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Mar 28, 2012 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where is the Galleria?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sumashi Mar 29, 2012 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bogels Mar 29, 2012 08:20 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 29, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When is Momofuku expected to open?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  childofthestorm Mar 27, 2012 05:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shimso Mar 27, 2012 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    garfield Mar 27, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pepper chicken - China Cottage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Garlic Chicken - Sukho Thai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Bobby Wham Mar 27, 2012 01:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Mar 27, 2012 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What part did you not like about Church's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Davwud Mar 27, 2012 08:31 AM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          air621 Mar 27, 2012 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Charles Yu Mar 27, 2012 07:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lister Mar 27, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strongbad789 Mar 27, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Mar 27, 2012 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like you would enjoy Church's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hungryabbey Mar 27, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. jennjen18 Mar 27, 2012 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Mar 27, 2012 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Food Tourist Apr 21, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Apr 21, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      P & L?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jlunar Apr 21, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Parts & Labour

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Apr 21, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks jlunar!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Apr 21, 2013 04:45 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. GoodGravy Mar 26, 2012 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. justsayn Mar 26, 2012 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hadley's - with french toast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TanglinBoy Mar 26, 2012 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            taterbrandy Mar 26, 2012 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            autopi Mar 26, 2012 06:23 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              justsayn Mar 26, 2012 06:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Mar 26, 2012 06:22 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Popeye's (yeah, for real)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe even The Counter...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Charles Yu Mar 26, 2012 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justxpete Mar 26, 2012 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Matt H Mar 27, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      justsayn Mar 27, 2012 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Notorious P.I.G. Mar 29, 2012 01:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Charles Yu Mar 29, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TorontoJo Mar 29, 2012 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justxpete Mar 29, 2012 09:20 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Charles Yu Mar 29, 2012 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was last summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shimso Mar 27, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          autopi Mar 27, 2012 06:06 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BusterRhino Mar 28, 2012 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt H Mar 28, 2012 07:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          scarberian Jul 15, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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