Two words. Fried chicken. It's so good you SHOULD feel guilty but you just can't logically regret something that felt so right. Either way, a good friend of mine was craving some good fried chicken - nothing of KFC quality - and took note that BlogTO rated Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder #1 in Toronto for the best fried chicken (if you want to read the list yourself feel free here). We decided to go on a Friday afternoon as we were both in the mood!
First impressions included a) ridiculously strong smell of Barbecue b) ridiculously strong smell of meat c) ridiculously packed and d) ridiculously cramped. We waited approximately 15 minutes for seats as the restaurant only provided stools and counters.
In the spirit of fried chicken, we both ordered Stockyards' good ol' famous fried chicken combo.
Stockyards Fried Chicken Dinner, 14$ The combo is served with coleslaw, bed of fries, hot sauce, ketchup and 4 pieces of buttermilk fried chicken. Coleslaw - average, meh. Nothing too special but was a nice change from the heaviness of the rest of the plate. Fries - I actually hate fries but these were delicious! Nice and skinny and well seasoned, definitely not over salted and you could tell they were fresh. Now onto the best part... the chicken. Firstly, you can definitely tell it's been marinated for a couple days; the meat is juicy, succulent and full of flavour. The crispy outside is drool-worthy at the least. Mmm. However, I can still say I prefer a sweeter sauce with my chicken compared to the hot sauce which I found revolting. If you really like the combination of chicken & waffles, I would suggest asking for the chilli honey pepper glaze if you're dining in!
And there you go. I feasted and now I slightly feel like crap but it was worth it. As I have embarrassingly tried the top three contenders on BlogTO's best fried chicken list, I'd still have to say Drake Hotel is #1 in my heart. However, if you're in North York and craving some very much above par fried chicken, Stockyards is your place!