Food & Drink

The Best Fried Chicken Spots in Montreal

Published On 10/07/2015 Published On 10/07/2015

Dinette Triple Crown

More than any gospel church, Dinette Triple Crown will make a fried chicken believer out of you. Few can resist the juicy, expertly fried chicken served with creamy coleslaw, hushpuppies, corn bread, or even fried sweet potatoes... so it’s best not to even try.

DaWa

DaWa

DaWa is proving that Southern fried chicken is not the only game in town. This Korean grill serves both the familiar American favourite and its own twist on the genre: slightly sweet, slightly spicy, perfectly balanced fried chicken. Go with the traditional Korean-Tao chicken, or try the sweet chili-covered Sunsal Gang-Jung, or the wasabi-kissed Sunsal Pa-Dak. In any case, you won’t regret it.

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Cartel Street Food Bar

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4111535

Cartel Street Food Bar

Continuing the theme of international fried chicken is Cartel Street Food Bar. Though this tapas bar may not immediately spring to mind when looking for your fried chicken fix, its pisco-marinated fried chicken with Sichuan salt & pepper is a fusion work of art. It’s also a window to the world of Chifa, or Chinese-Peruvian food.

SuWu

SuWu may have earned a reputation for itself as one of Montreal’s premier brunch spots for its bottomless mimosas, but we think the real reason for SuWu’s fame is the French toast fried chicken BLT. The perfect marriage between sweet and savoury happens right here, and we’re not surprised that some of the city’s best fried chicken is at its heart.

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Imadake

Those looking to go further in their culinary fried chicken tour are invited to visit Japan, or at least the Japan on offer at Imadake, one of the city’s many izakayas. Called karaage and served here with wasabi aioli, this is a spicy, explosive dish that leaves you wanting more.

Prohibition Montreal

Prohibition

For those looking for a different blast from the past, the 1920s American-themed Prohibition slings fried chicken for brunch on weekends. Served atop maple-fried challah French toast, and with a strong drink on the side, this is one breakfast we can get behind.

Deville Dinerbar

Deville Dinerbar

This 1950s-style restaurant is a bit swankier than the title of diner implies. Fittingly, the fried chicken here not only comes au natural, but also in the form of a salad... and this buttermilk-marinated version gives the original dish a run for its money, especially when eaten with the addictive sweet croutons and the highly original bourbon-pear dressing. 

Nouveua Palais

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Nouveau Palais

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Nouveau Palais

In our humble opinion, the undisputed gem of late-night eats in Montreal is the tucked-away Nouveau Palais. When this bastion of comfort food decides to serve fried chicken and waffles for brunch, you know they're going to be rich, crispy, and irrevocably delicious.

GaNaDaRa

Now that we know that fried chicken is as big of a deal in Korea as it is in the Southern US, it’s time to try a different take on this delicacy. At GaNaDaRa, pa dak (Korean fried chicken with thinly sliced scallions) is available for dinner only and takes about 20 minutes to prepare, but it’s worth every second. This simple dish is perfectly executed, generous, and a hit every time.

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Ksenia Prints is a Montreal-based freelance writer, photographer, and chef. Follow her delicious goings-on At The Immigrant's Table.

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1. Dinette Triple Crown 6704 rue Clark, Montreal, H2S 3E9 (Mile End)

Authentic southern food is hard to find in Montreal, but Dinette Triple Crown does it well. They serve the staples, like fried chicken and coleslaw.

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2. DaWa 6135 Rue Sherbrooke O, , H4A 1Y3

DaWa is a Korean-meets-Southern comfort food restaurant offering inventive combinations of the two cuisines, such as the sunsal pa-kak (fried chicken served with green onion and soy sauce and wasabi).

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3. Cartel Street Food Bar 101, ave. Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2M4

The street food of Mexico, Peru, China, and the United States are brought under one roof at this relaxed eatery. Cartel also supplies globally-inspired cocktails such as the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, Thai Basil Mojito, and Kentucky Wise Guy.

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4. SuWu 3581 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2X 2T6 (Plateau)

Inside SuWu, you'll find comfy antique sofas, pinball machines, and super-awesome drink prices that're all half-price from 5-7p. And if you're hankerin' for some eats, they have a menu loaded with tasty options like their amazing mac n' cheese grilled cheese.

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5. Imadake Izakaya 4006 rue Sainte-Catherine O., Westmount, H3Z 1P2

Always packed to the brim (and more often than not with Japanese ex-pats), this izakaya serves a variety of sake and Japanese fare, and don't miss out on their heralded takoyaki octopus balls.

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6. Prohibition 5674 Monkland, Montreal, H4A 1E4 (Notre Dames Des Graces)

Prohibition certainly has acclaim as being a great drinkery, but they also serve up some surprising food, including deep-fried Southern fare and even North African dishes.

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7. Deville Dinerbar 1425 rue Stanley, Montreal, H3B 5K2

Deville is a unique diner and bar located in Downtown Montreal that serves up a variety of pastas, sammies, burgers, and salads. Or if you're in more of a drinking mood, there's a full bar of unique cocktails.

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8. Nouveau Palais 281 rue Bernard, Montréal, H2V 4K8 (Outremont)

Located in Outremont, this "new American diner" has some terrific 'Merican eats, like juicy burgers and crispy chicken and waffles.

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9. GaNaDaRa 1862 Maisonneuve Blvd W, , H3H 1J9

This Korean food spot is known for their famous spicy poutine, crispy pa dak (friend chicken), and various bibimbap (mixed rice) dishes.

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