Now, you may get the impression from some of my latest posts that I`ve been going all trendy with my eating habits. However, I still like to go out and find some old-fashioned comfort food. One such place a few blocks from where I work is the Chicken Chef located on Marion Street. We didn’t eat out a lot when I was a kid, but this is the kid of restaurant we would most likely eat at.
Chicken Chef started out in Carman, MB, and has grown to where they have 40 locations in three provinces. They are indeed a local success story. As the name implies they special is chicken, specifically the deep fried kind often associated with the Bluegrass State.
Chicken, because that`s in the name.
My first visit I decided to go with the obvious choice and have the chicken dinner. The chicken was well cooked well cooked and the skin nice and crispy if a little greasy. However, the grease is part of the experience at a place like this. It came with a large serving of fries and a macaroni salad. The actual order is one large side and one small side. The fries and salad were my choices. The macaroni salad was the most impressive part of the meal. The ingredients were quite fresh, and unlike some such salads it wasn’t drowning in mayonnaise. Plus, despite the appearance, the portion is quite substantial.
Chicken Chef Burger
While chicken is there main item, the overall menu is fairly broad. The next time I went in I ordered the Chef Burger. Advertised as coming with the works, there was a healthy sized burger, along with all the toppings. I upscaled my large side to go with the sweet potato fries and ordered the baked beans for my small side. Once again the small side was very flavourful. I also liked that the sweet potato fries were fairly firm in the middle.
This trip I was feeling a little hungrier so I ordered dessert. I ordered my favourite pie, blueberry. This turned out to be a really good choice. The crust was good, but the filling was the star. The natural, slightly tart flavour of the blueberries shone through. You can get it with ice cream, but I prefer my pie like I prefer my scotch, straight.
The coffee is reasonably strong. It’s also bottomless cup with meals, so it has that going for it. The service was friendly and efficient. The one thing I did find amusing was the number of opportunities to spend an extra quarter or so. From wrapped mints to claw machine they seem to have them all. For a change of pace, and memories of childhood meals out, Chicken Chef wasn’t a bad choice for me.