Top 10 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants In Vancouver
Vancouver, can you smell that?
It’s invading your nostrils everywhere you step in the city. It’s keeping you up at night. It’s even distracting you at your job.
The aroma haunting your very soul is the powerfully sinful scent emanating from every fried chicken place in Vancouver. You inhale the air, almost tasting the fried goodness in every whiff, and start to crave the crispiness of the skin harmonizing with the moistness of the meat.
But where can you find the best-fried chicken in Vancouver? Which restaurants have the secret touch that’ll have you coming back for more, day after day? After all, a simply mediocre chicken place won’t satisfy your immutable craving.
Lucky for you, we compiled one of our most succulent lists to date: the top 10 best fried chicken restaurants in Vancouver!
10.) Duffin’s Donut
How could a place with “donuts” in its name be famous for anything other than donuts? By making some of the best fried chicken in Vancouver. That’s how.
We get it, a donut shop serving Chinese food, noodles, tortas, donuts, and boba might confuse – even concern – you at first. However, you’ll be blown away by Duffin’s fried chicken once you take your first illustrious bite. Suddenly you’ll be overwhelmed by a chicken that’s crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and served to perfection 24 hours a day!
Duffin’s is family-owned and has been around for thirty years—giving the staff plenty of time to craft each subtle hint of texture and flavor in every one of the cultural smorgasbord of menu items.
A definite crowd favourite is Nightingale’s stunning buttermilk fried chicken topped with spiced maple syrup, sumac and pickles. It is only one delightful piece in this modernized Canadian menu puzzle. You’ll also be swept off your feet by a diverse range of culinary excellence and aesthetics when you set foot in this restaurant.
While Nightingale is more than just a fried chicken place, there is no doubt it’s still host to some of the best-fried chicken in Vancouver.
Location: 1017 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C4
A true trendsetter in the Vancouver Fried Chicken scene, Zabu is renowned for its own brand of “KFC”; Korean Fried Chicken.
Zabu’s Korean spicy chicken has a reputation for making diners sweat. The radiating heat is best cooled down by the pickled radish or yogurt soju. However, if you’d rather forego any burning sensation, Zabu’s fried chicken is also served with a savory soy sauce that’ll be sure to leave your taste buds jumping with glee.
Comfortably coated in a thin layer of batter, Zabu’s chicken is served in heaping portions, seasoned with delicate care, and boasts a pleasantly salty and sweet flavor profile.
LA Chicken is nothing fancy, but its loyal masses don’t seem to mind that. Instead, the legions of customers both old and new making their sojourn to this absolute haven of fried chicken seem more focused on other culinary factors.
Namely, the satisfyingly crispy breading nestling the juicy meat that falls off the bone before you can take your first bite.
There’s fries, coleslaw, and gravy but make no mistake, LA Chicken is first and foremost a fried chicken joint—and once you’ve had your first bite you’ll be very content with that fact. Now onto the difficult decisions; spicy or original?
Church’s painstaking process is the most sterling example that frying the most nuanced, richly flavored chicken is truly a labor of love. It starts when they marinate their farm fresh chicken in their original recipe of spices the night before. They then hand-bread each piece of chicken. With that kind of dedication to the process, crunch and flavor are almost guaranteed!
When you go to Church’s, you’ll enjoy generous portions served piping hot, a perfectly balanced batter, and wonderfully crisp skin over tender cuts of chicken.
Don’t let the fast food label fool you, quality is the reason Church’s has its sterling reputation throughout Vancouver.
For more darn good Korean Fried Chicken, you’ll need to go to Kosoo on Robson Street. This popular spot draws large crowds, because they know how to make good fried chicken, and BBQ. Go hang out with a bunch of friends and enjoy beer and chicken Korean style.
There’s nothing that isn’t amazing on their menu, and we adore some Honey Butter Fried Chicken, and the Mayack. Try the Soy Garlic Chiba, or go for some gorgeous Grilled Pork Belly with lettuce, miso soup, spicy salad, dipping Sauce, and two bowls of rice. Wash it all down with soju and you’re good to go!
If you suffer from a gluten intolerance or simply have an aversion to gluten, we’ve got some incredible news for you; thanks to Juke, you can actually enjoy fried chicken! Even better? Although lacking in gluten, Juke’s fried chicken isn’t lacking in satisfying crispiness, tantalizing juiciness, or mouthwatering flavor.
You can order these gluten-free pieces of heaven in non-spicy or spicy (and believe us, it’s very spicy!) with the classic fixins like cornbread, brown-butter corn on the cob, or Juke’s signature dirty fries which arrive perfectly cooked and smattered with gravy, green onions, and pickled onions.
Dare we say even gluten lovers would be enamored by Jukes delectable fried chicken.
A family-style restaurant, Phnom Penh is known for what locals call the ‘Holy Trinity’ – 3 items that comprise of Cambodian-style fried chicken wings, beef luc luc, and butter beef.
Since we’re talking about fried chicken, we’ll focus on the wings.
But these are no regular chicken wings nor is Phnom Penh an ordinary chicken place, evidenced by eager diners standing in line for hours anticipating their first bite. Unlike your common fried chicken, Phnom Penh is able to accomplish a light dish bolstered by the addition of just a touch of sugary sweetness to balance the salty wings.
Needless to say, there’s no wonder Phnom Penh has grown into jam-packed local staple.
Frying pan’s mission statement is to serve the best fried chicken in the world. While it’s a lofty goal and utterly impossible to quantify, this fantastic food truck (and Gastown storefront) is certainly on the right track.
The energetic, cheerful staff is known for serving a bevy of mouthwatering dishes, including a hearty fried chicken burger that diners won’t stop raving about. If you’ve even got any room left after the burger, you can order the Frying pan’s crispy bulgogi fries. And hey, if you possess an actual bottomless pit, you can order a fried egg on top of your fried chicken burger!
Food trucks really know how to have fun – and the Frying Pan is no different. While we can’t distinguish whether Frying Pan contains the best fried chicken in the world, we can safely proclaim its standing as one of the premier fried chicken places in Vancouver!
We also featured them in Vol.3 below:
Locations: -Black-505 Burrard st. Vancouver, BC -Silver-900 W Cordova st. Vancouver, BC
It’s funny how a place called Downlow could make you feel so high with the scrumptiousness of its otherworldly fried chicken.
Downlow’s delectably juicy boneless chicken thigh is its signature dish, characterized by the crispy skin synonymous with any fried chicken worth savoring. It’s best ordered with the DL sauce (a spicy mayo-based sauced) drizzled delicately on top and cornbread on the side.
In fact, we’d feel irresponsible as gastronomical enthusiasts if we didn’t further elaborate on the inconceivable deliciousness of the cornbread. Layered with cheese and jalapeno slices and a slathering of honey and butter, this ‘side’ dish packs the satisfying punch of any main course.
Downlow certainly lends credence to the notion that you need to visit the lowest point before you reach new heights.