Toronto has a plethora of excellent fried chicken sandwiches, but a select few stand out from the rest.
Extra fresh, extra juicy, and extra carb-heavy are the qualities necessary to be chosen as one of the city’s top 5 bird sammies, and these are our picks.
Here’s where to get your hands on the best fried chicken sandwiches in Toronto.
Porchetta & Co.
On King West and in First Canadian Place, this spot awaits you with an honest, proper, Southern-style fried chicken sandwich. Crispy chicken is complemented by lettuce, creamy mayo, and — importantly — bread and butter pickles, all atop soft white bread. When it comes to a fried chicken sandwich without the frills, you really can’t ask for more than this baby is offering up.
Address: 545 King Street West; First Canadian Place – Exchange Tower
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This Dupont Street establishment revolves around fried chicken, so there’s no question that their sammy is one of fierceness. Crispy and juicy meat tossed in mouthwatering sauce, sprinkled with arugula and sandwiched between soft buns makes for a two-hander that’s worth writing home about. An added bonus is that the atmosphere of the original location on Dupont has a true restaurant vibe, so you can take your time and enjoy this bad boy alongside a brew.
Address: 1588 Dupont Street
Address: Assembly Chef’s Hall – 111 Richmond Street West
This College Street spot is home to some of the sexiest fried chicken sammies in all the land. Options include a junior, a honey jalapeno, or a sandwich with honey crueller halves serving as the bread, but you can never go wrong with an original. The chicken is hefty, the bun is strong, and the grab-and-go street-side counter you’re ordering from feels foodie AF. Unassuming to the eye, this is one of those places that fits the phrase “if you know, you know.”
Address: 610 College Street, Toronto
Naked, Mild, Medium, Hot, Extra Hot, or Devil’s Breath. Those are your choices for spice level on this ridiculous(ly good) sandwich, and we must warn you… the heat here is not for the faint of heart. Instead of being tossed in mere spices, the chicken is coated in spicy oil, which means the intensity of the flavour builds each time you take a bite. So brace yourself, remember to breathe, and get ready to hop on this wild ride — it’s well worth it.
Address: Wasted Youth Bar – 834 Bloor Street West
Home to one of the city’s absolute best burgers, Rudy also houses the Valentino. This fried chicken sammy feature’s the spot’s Valentino sauce, which is like mayo, but better, plus creamy coleslaw and mild hot sauce. Served on a squishy potato bun, the bird hangs over the edges and the sauce drips down your arm… and once you’ve taken a bite, you’ll know there’s not a thing about it you’d change.
Address: 619 College Street
Address: 69 Duncan Street