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BIG NEWS! The return of CHURCH'S CHICKEN to Toronto!!

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LNahid2000 wrote:
Jul 17th, 2018 2:02 pm
Church's Chicken is opening soon at 531 Yonge St and 30 Harbour St as per the menu as the St Clair/Dufferin location.
Thank you for bumping this thread and giving us this update. Greatly appreciated because I live downtown and will be going to both locations for sure.

Over a week ago, I was at the Salsa on St. Clair street festival both on Saturday and Sunday. Since it wasn't far from the St.Clair/Dufferin location I had it twice. Yummy. IMHO, I definitely like their chicken more that Popeye's, but below Jollibee's spicy chicken. Woohoo more good fried chicken for downtown Toronto! Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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PigsRTastey wrote:
Jul 17th, 2018 3:21 pm
There's a Church's chicken in Brampton at hwy 10 & Ray Lawson next to Wok of Fame.
Opened back in November I think
Is it any good?
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LNahid2000 wrote:
Jul 17th, 2018 2:02 pm
Church's Chicken is opening soon at 531 Yonge St and 30 Harbour St as per the menu as the St Clair/Dufferin location.
The 531 Yonge st location puts them up against the Fry. (close by)
Good thing the Fry refuses to sell 1, 2, or 3 piece dinners, since they're more of a half or whole chicken place.
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Jul 17th, 2018 2:21 pm
Anyone like the fried chicken that you can buy at the Jamaican stall at CNE Foods of the world?
in general... I find fried chicken from JAmaican places GOOD.

Beryls pepper pot.
That place near kingston rd and gallowway.. I think is twice is nice.

Those are the ones i've tried... and 2 / 2 both are GREAT. It reminds me of popeyes... but less dry and less spicy. However it is fried to perfection. But its okay its not as spicy seasoning like popeyes... b/c West Indies style hot sauce is waaaaay better! I Rather dip it into that orange hot sauce they have.
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Jul 17th, 2018 11:48 pm
The 531 Yonge st location puts them up against the Fry. (close by)
Good thing the Fry refuses to sell 1, 2, or 3 piece dinners, since they're more of a half or whole chicken place.
The Fry and Church's Chicken serve completely different markets.
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LNahid2000 wrote:
Jul 17th, 2018 2:02 pm
Church's Chicken is opening soon at 531 Yonge St and 30 Harbour St as per the menu as the St Clair/Dufferin location.
Any idea when the 30 Harbour St location will open?
There is a new Popeyes opening at 208 Queens Quay W, so it interesting how the Harbourfront area with all its condos had no chicken places for so long to 2 new ones all of a sudden...
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LNahid2000 wrote:
Jul 18th, 2018 8:28 am
The Fry and Church's Chicken serve completely different markets.
How so? It's the fried chicken business.
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Jul 18th, 2018 9:56 am
Any idea when the 30 Harbour St location will open?
There is a new Popeyes opening at 208 Queens Quay W, so it interesting how the Harbourfront area with all its condos had no chicken places for so long to 2 new ones all of a sudden...
Popeye's is popping up all over the place lately. They're also opening up in Scarborough near Kingston road and Lawrence, which may or may not take a bite out of Chick'n'joy's business.
It'll be interesting to see how Popeye's does up against Church's chicken @ 30 Harbor street.
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playnicee1 wrote:
Jul 18th, 2018 1:23 pm
How so? It's the fried chicken business.
One is a fast food place that serves standard fast food chicken like KFC, Popeyes and Jollibee. The other is a sit down restaurant where chicken is served family style and comes with various Korean sides. Most people also eat their fried chicken with beer at The Fry, and it's much more expensive.
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Jul 18th, 2018 2:04 pm
One is a fast food place that serves standard fast food chicken like KFC, Popeyes and Jollibee. The other is a sit down restaurant where chicken is served family style and comes with various Korean sides. Most people also eat their fried chicken with beer at The Fry, and it's much more expensive.
Thank-you. That's a valid point indeed. Not leaving a tip at the Fry might also be very rude, while Church's chicken does not expect such a thing.
The Fry is still (also) in the "to go" business though...

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Jul 18th, 2018 2:51 pm
Thank-you. That's a valid point indeed. Not leaving a tip at the Fry might also be very rude, while Church's chicken does not expect such a thing.
The Fry is still (also) in the "to go" business though...

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Most sit down restaurants have a to go business. But it takes a lot longer to get your food than it would at a fast food restaurant.
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LNahid2000 wrote:
Jul 18th, 2018 3:40 pm
Most sit down restaurants have a to go business. But it takes a lot longer to get your food than it would at a fast food restaurant.
I fully agree. It sounds like The Fry will most likely promote dine in specials with Korean beer of some sort.
Or maybe have large photos in the window showing the spicy chicken sauce and their other food choices. (ie soup)
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LNahid2000 wrote:
Jul 17th, 2018 2:02 pm
Church's Chicken is opening soon at 531 Yonge St and 33 Harbour Sq as per the menu as the St Clair/Dufferin location.
This afternoon I walked by 531 Yonge Street (just south of Wellesley on east side of Yonge) to see how far along the store would take to be ready. It was completely vacant, rundown and no signs of Church's Chicken plastered anywhere. If I were to take a guess it will take a minimum of 3 to 6 months before we see an opening at this location. After my pass by, I walked to Popeye's for some spicy chicken. LOL
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Stopped in to Church's (St. Clair/Dufferin) last night and they had chicken tenders as their daily special (à la Popeye's). Same price as Popeye's Monday tenders offer - 3 strips for $4.99.

Now, I do enjoy Popeye's strips with some spicy mayo for dipping, so I was curious to see how the Church's strips stacked up.

I can say that they were the absolute best tenders I have ever had in Toronto. Though they were pulled from the hopper/warmer, they were fresh (which might be key) and very tasty.

I usually get mild from Popeye's and use the spicy mayo to add heat and flavour. At Church's I got 2 mild and one spicy without any sauce (dipping sauce was extra - definitely something they should correct).

The mild were fine but the spicy one was absolutely delicious. It was just as good as the tenders we used to get at Texas Roadhouse, my previous favourite.

Plus, despite being the same price the pieces were probably twice the size as the Popeye's tenders.

The only fast food chicken place that rivaled Church's tenders for size, in my experience, was Quik Chik (their tenders were HUGE) but they were no rival in the taste department.

I'm already planning to try them again next Wednesday to see if this was just a fluke. Popeye's might have lost my tender business (though they still have my spicy mayo business).
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is it just me or whenever i got to Churchs (Dufferin/StClair) i find the chicken taste kind of weird? fishy taste of sort? or its the oil they use?
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