There is no shortage of wonderful restaurants to dine at in Canada’s most central city, but nothing seems to unite Winnipeg’s diverse food scene quite like fried chicken.
Fried chicken on toast at Clementine
Forget chicken and waffles. At Clementine, located in the heart of The Exchange District, fried chicken is presented on top of a thick, toasted piece of house-made sourdough with a slather of three-onion dip and house pickles. Wash it down with “The Dude,” a blend of Kahlua, espresso, tonka bean-infused milk and bourbon, and you’ve definitely done brunch right.
Chicken fried chicken at deer + almond
This big and appropriately messy sandwich has been a signature dish at this inventive restaurant for the past few years. A golden, crispy-crunchy chicken fillet is topped with tangy zucchini pickles and a house-made ranch dressing. Order a side of one of the ever-changing and creative salads, because life over the lunch hour is all about balance.
Fried chicken at Jollibee
Winnipeg has one of Canada’s largest Filipino communities. The city is also home to the only two Canadian Jollibee locations (a third will open in Edmonton in 2018), a wildly popular fast-food chain based in the Philippines. Jollibee serves up crispy fried chicken alongside other comforting dishes like the Jolly Spaghetti topped with hot dogs, ham and ground pork in a sweet tomato sauce. A bucket of fried chicken and spaghetti from here might be just what the doctor ordered after a long night.
Korean fried chicken at The Merchant Kitchen
With tequila on tap and a menu that’s split between Latin- and Asian-inspired offerings, this downtown hot spot attached to the Alt Hotel Winnipeg has a lot of big, bold flavours on its menu. But, its fried chicken platter always reigns supreme. Ten pieces of brined and battered, juicy chicken come piled high with soy syrup and garlic chile sauces for dipping. Any leftovers make for a great midnight snack as well.
Fried chicken and waffles at The Tallest Poppy
Originally only available on weekends, Poppy’s fried chicken and waffles were so popular that they became an everyday menu affair, and for good reason. Fresh and fluffy Belgian waffles (arguably the best in the city) are topped with a generous portion of chicken and a healthy dose of maple syrup for drizzling. It’s a truly mouth-watering trifecta.