It’s National Fried Chicken Day, which begs the question: Who does the best fried chicken in Vancouver? It’s a seriously tender call. Accordingly, I’ve mapped and listed all of my current favourites – the ones I consider to be contenders – below for your ranking consideration. Your votes are appreciated, but good luck choosing just one…
Capable, unpretentious and fun, Kingyo is also one of city’s most consistent restaurants. I always recommend it to out-of-towners looking for an emblematic bite of Vancouver, and this is partly due to their always excellent boneless fried chicken karaage with shredded red pepper (which I never fail to order).
The Downlow Chicken Shack is the newest addition to Vancouver’s fried chicken scene, and they are totally blowing up on account of their unique (in Vancouver) “Nashville Hot” style. This stuff is wicked delicious, and never mind the line-up; it moves fast.
Is there better Korean fried chicken in Vancouver? Possibly, but there’s just something special about Zabu that makes me return time after time. The flavours and crunches are just so distinct, and the options are welcome. Order both the Soy and the sweeter Yang Nyum styles. Good luck trying to decide which is best.
Wait, do food trucks count? They do when the product is as addictive as Mogu’s sweet and spicy karaage. This stuff is so good that it deserves to be considered here among its brick and mortar brethren. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this stuff yet, pounce!
High quality bird rubbed with the company’s signature spice mix, coated in yellow mustard and thoroughly doused and dusted in a sieved blizzard batter of potato starch and all-purp/rice flour. Still waiting for a location closer to home…
Wait, chef Andrea Carlson does fried chicken? It’s true, and fabulously so. The pieces are boneless, succulent bites that come dusted with dill powder on pickle mayo. A refined option, but no less delicious.
Another fancy take on fried chicken, this time from the very creative Mike Robbins. His buttermilked pieces are crispy, boneless, wicked tender and deliciously lit with turmeric pickles on a puddle of electric mustard sauce. Tastes like McNuggets did when you were a six, which is to say the best thing ever.
They’ve had a couple of side twists and variations here over the years, but the fried chicken itself has remained consistent. At the time of writing it’s served with potato and cheddar waffles with spicy honey, slaw and a little of the Chinatown restaurant’s superb gravy, which makes everything it touches extra amazing.
Their gluten-free batter is loved by many. Good on the bone and off. We love the entire line-up here, but have become especially partial to the fried chicken sandwiches and the fried chicken tenders. New location opening soon.
No list of fried chicken would be complete without mention of this strip mall staple in Richmond with its sun-bleached 80s decor and two piece boxes loaded up with fries, (questionable) salad and gravy. Just try to talk us out of it…
If we ever did a “Best 4am Fried Chicken” poll this invariably entertaining bastion of edible eclecticism would beat out Church’s by a landslide. They do the Fritou stuff here, so it’s crispy, available in both regular and spicy.
This Central Texas-themed BBQ joint is best known for its superb brisket, but their cornmeal-battered (boneless) fried chicken is ridiculously on point (shows best in sandwich form with a side of tots, because Texas).
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