The Chickery (@TheChickery) brings a fast and casual restaurant serving up roast chicken to the Queen and Spadina neighborhood. The restaurant is brought to you by David Adjey (from Food Network’s, Restaurant Makeover) and Danny Farbman (owner of What a Bagel).
As the name of the joint indicates, the menu is centered around chicken and is broken down into the following sections: roasted Chickery chicken, ultimate buttermilk chicken fingers, crafted sandwiches and big chicken salads.
Since it was our first time here, we stood dumbly at the counter for a few minutes looking at the menu. The girl behind the counter was quite friendly and provided us with some helpful suggestions.
Given that it’s a chicken joint, we had to order some of their free-range chicken, straight-up. So, we decided on the 3 Piece Chicken meal. With one side, it will cost you $11, for two sides, $14. The chicken comes with a choice of sauce: house gravy, smokey bbq, purple plum and buttermilk ranch. We went with the smokey bbq sauce which was a great recommendation from the girl behind the counter.
Our 3 piece meal came with two drumsticks and a thigh – all dark meat. If your preference is white meat, you’ll have to go with the ¼ chicken meal instead. While the meat was moist and I found the spice rub to be quite tasty, I didn’t find the chicken particularly memorable. Maybe I’m just a little spoiled because Mike’s mom makes an amazing roast chicken.
The Chickery offers the typical sides you’d expect at a fast, casual chicken joint including a house salad, shoestring fries, slaw, baked beans, chopped collard greens, mac n’ cheese and potato salad. The one we decided to add to the chicken meal was the Chickery Slaw. With a vinaigrette dressing, it was nice change from the traditional creamy coleslaw. I actually enjoyed the slaw more than the chicken.
The other item we ordered was the Buttermilk Chicken Finger Sandwich – buttermilk chicken fingers, iceberg shred, butter pickles, cajun remoulade ($13). The sandwich was on the small side (consisting of only one large chicken finger), so if you have a hearty appetite, this sandwich will not leave you satisfied.
The fried chicken finger wasn’t at all greasy and was juicy in the middle. It was a decent sandwich but I would have preferred a bit more of the cajun remoulade which was advertised on the menu…I couldn’t detect much of it. Another complaint I have is the chicken-to-bun ratio. There really wasn’t enough chicken for the bun and many of my bites consisted of bread only.
As the sandwich comes with one side, we decided on the Potato Salad. The sides at the Chickery are definitely some of their strong points. We both loved this salad which contained some smashed potatoes as well as some large chunks, giving it a creamier texture. The grainy mustard and the addition of the dill went a long way. Easily one of the best potato salads I’ve had!
Overall, I thought the food was decent but the chicken didn’t wow me. Frankly, I felt the sides were the most memorable part of the meal.
At a glance:
• Fast & casual chicken joint
• Located just off of Spadina (entrance is on Camden), between Queen & King
• The chicken didn’t wow me but the sides were memorable
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 3 stars
• Service: 4 stars
• Atmosphere: 2 stars