Chica’s

Toronto Life - - Food -

2853 Dun­das St. W., 647-343-6562

The city’s hottest food trend—and we mean that

lit­er­ally—is Nash­ville hot chicken, fried chicken’s an­grier cousin. Of the three Toronto kitchens ded­i­cated to the spicy bird, Chica’s in the Junc­tion is the new­est and best of the bunch, run by Adam­son Bar­be­cue alum Matthew Pelechaty and his wife, Carolyn. The chicken comes in quar­ter meals, half meals, a wing plate and a sand­wich. First, they deep-fry it, then dredge it in one of three pi­quant oils: mild, medium and “hot AF.” That third op­tion is made with the world’s hottest pep­per, which goes by the lovely name of the Carolina Reaper. The crispy bird is topped with a few pickle coins and left to drip dry on a slice of lily-white Won­der Bread. We sug­gest or­der­ing a side of waf­fle fries and some house-made but­ter­milk ranch to cool the palate be­tween bites.

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