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Toronto’s Best Fried Chicken By Neighbourhood

Get ready to check out Toronto’s best fried chicken.

Neighbourhoods throughout Toronto chart a hopeful, diverse constellation of options when craving fried chicken, whether classic, southern style or with a fusion twist. There’s really no excuse for settling for corporate chain experience — you owe yourself better, and besides, what exactly do white-suited business magnates and spinach-pumping sailor types know about fried buttermilk goodness, anyway?

These are Toronto’s best fried chicken options, by neighbourhood.
 

ST. CLAIR WEST

St. Clair West’s Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder’s fried chicken might be the city’s best. Fully invested in the southern tradition of patience, chef Tom Davis’ thyme and jerk seasoned bird bathes 24 hours each in brine and buttermilk. Take four pieces of that served atop a waffle and all drizzled in chili maple molasses and citrus glaze, and you’ve got a recipe for success.


 

THE JUNCTION

Options abound for fried chicken in the Junction. With locally sourced chickens and spices straight from Mumbai, Love Chix coats bone-in thighs and boneless breasts in love and honey hot sauce. During brunch hours The Hole in the Wall makes a mean chicken and waffles plate. Indie Ale House does it two ways — southern style with potato salad, ranch sauce and hot and honey mustard, and shanghai style with pickled daikon and hoisin sauce on a sandwich, while Roux flips southern fried chicken and buttermilk bran waffles drizzled with bourbon maple syrup.

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HIGH PARK

You deserve to be taken in if you sleep on the southern boneless chicken thighs and bourbon-vanilla and waffles at High Park’s Mugshot Tavern, and you know it.

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RONCESVALLES VILLAGE

In Roncy, The Ace serves country-style boneless fried chicken morsels on a heaping plate of collard greens, cornbread and ham gravy.


 

PARKDALE

When in Parkdale, know that popular izakaya Guu offers deep fried chicken karaage and garlic mayonnaise pairing.


 

DUNDAS WEST

Gushi Japanese Street Food’s renowned for their Japanese-style deep-fried chicken morsels, and Old School keeps it classic.


 

WEST QUEEN WEST

The County General makes large-format meals of chickens painted in gochujang and hoisin-espresso BBQ sauce, and Pennies has got delicious fried chicken sliders.


 

OSSINGTON

On Ossington, Oddseoul serves fried chicken inspired by the Carolinas and fusion tempura-fried chicken.

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KING WEST

In King West, Mascot’s restaurant space does a plate of buttermilk fried chicken with mustard greens, wild mushrooms, hot sauce and ranch dressing that’s intended for sharing but easily enjoyed on one’s own.


 

LITTLE ITALY

In Little Italy, P.G. Clucks serves spicy fried chicken at their College Street walk up, also available next door at Birreria Volo.

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BALDWIN VILLAGE

In Baldwin Village, Mo’Ramyun offers fried chicken wings coated in ramen noodles.


 

THE ANNEX

In the Annex, The Fry delivers Korean style chicken with a kimchi kick, while Rose and Sons often does a large-format buttermilk fried chicken dinner, available classic style or “Nashville” hot.


 

KENSINGTON MARKET

Breaking with southern tradition, Kensington Market’s Dirty Bird forges ahead with a “northern fried chicken” that’s dusted up all sweet in maple sugar. And, you might be pleased to know that the breading is a gluten free flour blend.


 

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

When in the Financial District, hit Real Sports Bar & Grill for garlicky tenderloins and house sauces that are the stuff of pre- and post-game dreams. For larger parties, if you give Momofuku Noodle Bar 24 hours’ notice, they’ll prep two whole birds (one southern style, one Korean style) for your group (parties larger than nine are asked to order a double order) along with a spread of fixings: scallion pancakes, ginger scallion sauce, jalapeño garlic sauce, pickled vegetables, radishes, herbs, and tabasco salt.

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YONGE & DUNDAS

If you long for large, tender slabs of crispy fried chicken bigger than your palm, get to Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken at Yonge & Dundas. Meanwhile, Don Don Izakaya serves up crispy morsels of garlic-ginger fried chicken with kewpie mayo.


 

CHURCH-WELLESLEY VILLAGE

In Church-Wellesley Village, Smith serves fried chicken boneless with ham gravy and collard greens, while Kinka Izakaya (formerly Guu) builds their nugget format bird in a sweet and salty soy, mirin, and ginger marinade.


 

CORKTOWN

Corktown’s Carbon Bar does more than barbecue right. Here, you’ll also find a crispy buttermilk skinned classic worth writing home about amongst the righteous pit gems.

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DANFORTH VILLAGE

Morgans on the Danforth is your spot for a pint of Ontario craft and a plate of buttermilk fried chicken. Here it comes with a heap of mashed Yukon Gold, winter slaw, and sriracha honey for an extra kick.

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KING EAST

Building a solid case for ham-fisted puns and frill-less comfort on King East, Cluck Clucks reigns with an enviable arsenal of chicken & waffle dishes, best dispatched with one of their creamy house sauces.


 

LESLIEVILLE

In Leslieville, Eastside Social delivers upscale casual comfort in a plate of buttermilk chicken with salted fingerling potato and chive salad.

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