Juicy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and full of flavour: Fried chicken can be so damn good. Whether you’re getting your fingers filthy picking up the pieces plain or pairing them up with some fluffy waffles, there are a few ways to enjoy fried chicken around town.
Here are five fried chicken dishes to get your hands on in Vancouver.
If you’re a fried chicken purist, you’re going to have to make the trek to Richmond to find LA Chicken. It will give every fast food bucket of chicken a new high standard to beat, thanks to the small menu of chicken and sides served up in a plain Jane no frills strip mall joint.
Address: 11780 Thorpe Road, Suite 160, Richmond
For a pile of crave-worthy fried chicken wings, the must-go destination is Chinatown’s Phnom Penh. This Cambodian-Vietnamese eatery is legendary in Vancouver for their chicken wings, served with a salt-and-pepper dipping sauce to take that crunch fried goodness to a whole new level.
Address: 244 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Give your morning meal a fried chicken shake-up courtesy Jam Cafe. This Victoria export not only teams up their fried chicken with waffles, but also offers it as an Eggs Benny or on French Toast for a tasty twist.
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Nope, this isn’t a new fried chicken spot. It’s one of Vancouver’s newer ramen restaurants, but their signature menu item is a bowl of spicy Jiro-style ramen topped with juicy fried chicken, AKA karaage. Do yourself a favour and whisk it off the soup while you slurp, though, to keep that coating crispy.
Address: 501 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
For a sophisticated take on fried chicken, head to Kitsilano’s acclaimed AnnaLena, where Chef Michael Robbins offers his Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with sesame dashi mayo and charred shishito peppers.
Address: 1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver