I’ve had a long love affair with fried chicken that has spanned for >2 decades now. When I was still living in China, one of my favourite things in the world was a spciy fried chicken sandwich from KFC that my mom would occassionally buy for me. When I was in highschool, I would often sneak chicken in my backback during Toonie Tuesdays (now I think it’s just called Tuesday special since the cost has gone well over $2) when my parents refused to let me eat fried chicken since I was quite overweight (for those of you who don’t know, Asians can get fat, especially if they’re eating 4-5 candy bars or a large brownie batter blizzard from DQ every day on top of three already substantial meals).
Although KFC is good (and so is Church’s), it’s a fast food joint and is never going to be ranked as one of the best fried chickens in town. So what is the best fried chicken in Vancouver? One of the top contenders appears to be Chewies. They specialize in Southern-style cuisine, which of course includes the mandatory buttermilk fried chicken. I visited their Coal Harbour location today, during another extended lunch break. Even though the majority of the dishes on their menu were on the slightly higher end of the price range (>$20), their Chicken and Waffle was surprisingly cheap at just $16. I was worried that the portion was going to be small, and was relieved when I received a plate containing a pretty large waffle and two substantial pieces of chicken.
Chicken and Waffles ($16):
Chicken: 3/5; I’ll start with the positives first. They used boneless thighs, which instantly gives them a leg-up (pun intended) over places that use breast (dark meat > white meat in my opinion). The outer layer of coating was also delicious: crispy and crunchy, with a bit of spice and sweetness as well. Unfortuantely, the meat itself was severely underseasoned and practically flavourless. To be honest, I think that I actually prefer the chicken from KFC over this. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the chicken is good; it’s just nowhere near as good as I had expected/hoped.
Waffle: 4/5; I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed the waffle. It as soft, light and fluffy, and drizzled with delicious chive butter and syrup that lent a wonderful sweet and savoury blend. This was the definite highlight of hte dish.
So I ended up leaving Chewies having enjoyed their waffle than their chicken. Who saw that coming? The service at the restaurant as pretty good: the staff members were friendly and efficient. I do hope to return in the future to try out some of their tasty Southern-inspired dishes.