Where to get the best fried chicken in Metro Vancouver

Jul 5 2020, 10:00 am

Summertime brings a couple of different things with it.

Sunshine, beach days, and the arrival of a national food day (July 6) that allows us to do one thing and one thing only, celebrate the best fried chicken in Metro Vancouver — our fave activity.

Well, technically eating this crispy fried delicacy is our favourite activity, but unless you have a stomach of steel, you can’t eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so when the time comes to scratch that hunger itch, which joint do you head to?

We all have our favourites so, in the spirit of being all-inclusive and kind, we decided not to definitively rank them, as many of these spots have special tricks and offerings that make them must-visits individually.

But that being said, we can certainly layout the best of the best in one list which can serve as your ultimate guide to fried chicken in and around Vancouver, so we did just that.

Here’s where to get the best fried chicken in and around Vancouver.

Juke Fried Chicken

 

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While there have been some changes over at Juke recently, the delectable chicken you can order from them has not. Whether you’re dining in at Chickadee, the new Keefer Street cocktail concept, or looking to order for takeout or delivery, you can expect Juke’s signature gluten-free fried chicken, ribs, and sides to hit the spot.

Address: 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336-5853

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DownLow Chicken Shack

 

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Easily one of Vancouver’s most beloved local brands, DownLow has become a true staple in the comfort food scene. DownLow offers Nashville hot chicken in several different forms, including sammies, by the piece, and atop one of our favourite secret menu items ever: Fries On The DL.

Address: 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 778-866-5662

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The Frying Pan (food truck)

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No storefront? No problem. The Frying Pan doesn’t need a brick and mortar to qualify as a top spot for fried chicken. This truck offers patrons a mashup of Nashville and Korean-style hot chicken sandwiches, making it a top stop for folks downtown craving chicken with a kick. Catch this food truck at 505 Burrard Street weekdays for lunch, and keep an eye on their socials to see where they’ll be on weekends.

Address: 505 Burrard Street (Monday to Friday from 11 to 2:30 pm)

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L.A. Chicken

 

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Many Vancouverites have deemed L.A. Chicken as the best fried chicken place in Metro Vancouver, and we’d have to say it definitely tops our list. This spot’s spicy fried chicken is best paired with its signature fries and gravy — a true indulgent trifecta.

Address: 11780 Thorpe Road, Richmond
Phone: 604-278-4737

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Duffin’s Donuts

 

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Duffin’s is way more than a doughnut shop, because you can also get spicy or regular fried chicken here too. This gem is not only family-owned, but it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so late-night chicken cravings and Duffin’s runs are a perfect pair.

Address: 1391 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-325-5544

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Their There

 

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It might not look like your typical fried chicken joint, but Their There has some serious crispy goodness behind its doors. This Kitsilano spot’s classic buttermilk fried chicken sandwich truly hits the spot, especially with a side of fries.

Address: 2042 West 4 Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-736-8828

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Zabu Chicken

 

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Zabu Chicken serves authentic Korean style chicken, a lot of folks say it’s the best in the city. Its most popular dish is the Zabu soy original chicken, and as the Koreans say ‘Chimaek,’ nothing is better than a plate of juicy fried chicken and some ice cold beers. Other than fried chicken, the restaurant also serves family-style Korean eats.

Address: 1635 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-602-0021

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Church’s Fried Chicken

 

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Another cheap and cheerful addition to our list, Church’s has tons of locations in Metro Vancouver making it very easy to try if you haven’t before. This American franchise has been serving up fried chicken for over 65 years, you can head in and grab a chicken combo, burger, or ever a wrap if you’re feeling wild.

Address: Several locations in Vancouver and Metro Vancouver

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Popeyes

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We have a lot of Popeyes Chicken fans in Metro Vancouver, and it’s safe to say the brand rocked our crispy-fried world when they opened the doors to their first Metro Vancouver location in late 2018 in Port Coquitlam. While the brand’s infamous spicy fried chicken sandwich isn’t available in BC just yet, you can still head to its four locations in the Lower Mainland and get its other signature staples.

Address: Several locations in the Lower Mainland

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Nightingale

Nightingale

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Nightingale has a secret weapon: its buttermilk fried chicken. It’s definitely more a fork-and-knife situation at this eatery, but the spiced maple syrup, sumac, and pickles make it worth using utensils…just this once.

Address: 1017 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-695-9500

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HiFive24

 

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HiFive24’s freshly baked and fried chicken is made with trans-fat free oil and without frozen ingredients. It’s open 24/7 at most locations, which is perfect to satisfy your craving at any hour. Other than its classic fried chicken, HiFive24’s thick-cut fries are also very popular.

Address: 203 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-327-4898

Address: 8669 Tenth Avenue, Burnaby
Phone: 604-540-9255

Address: 5933 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Phone: 604-423-2912

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