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Dine in: My Final 3 Fried Chicken Fest Meals.

The past weekend marked the end of this year’s Fried Chicken. For my final 3 meals I did dine in for all of them.

This is post number six: Here are links to the previous five. One, Two, Three, Four, and Five.

Dine in wings at Smittys.
I enjoyed the wings during my dine in Saturday lunch at Smitty’s.

I started off with Saturday lunch at the Smitty’s, Pembina and Grant. Then headed down to the Cibo Waterfront café, before a late Sunday lunch at The Wood Tavern wound up my Fried Chicken Fest meals.

Also in today’s post, I am going to rank my Fried Chicken Fest meals. As I always say, just because a dish gets a lower ranking, doesn’t mean if wasn’t a good dish, just that I preferred the dishes above it.

Lunchtime Dine in at Smitty’s

The reason I chose Smitty’s to start the weekend off, is that I figured that given the size of the restaurant, it would be fairly easy to get a seat. This turned out to be the case.

The Fried Chicken Fest offering was: Mexi-wings

Twelve (12) of our famous fresh, never frozen Chicken Wings, hand-breaded and then fried to golden perfection. Tossed in a homemade taco seasoning, drizzled with sour cream and topped with green onions. Serve with queso for dipping!

The wings really delivered on the crispy. I generally enjoyed the taco seasoning, although it was a little saltier than I like. The sour cream and the queso added a nice, creamy counterpoint to the crispy wings.

Bone bucket
Dine in at Smitty’s includes a bucket for disposing of your bones.

I liked the fact that there was also a bucket for depositing the cleaned off wing bones. A benefit of the dine in experience. Another benefit of dine in is attentive staff.

It wasn’t part of Fried Chicken Fest, but I finished my meal off with a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes.

Cibo Waterfront Café Dine in

For Saturday Supper, I went to dine in at Cibo Waterfront Café. I used Open Table for the first time to make my reservation. I wasn’t happy with this. Being a single diner Open Table only allowed me to make a reservation at the bar.

The bar is also the staff prep area, so their work conversations were all a part of my dining experience.

Enough about that for now. The Cibo entry was: Arrabiata Chicken Sandwich

Garlic Parmesan Fried Chicken with a spicy arrabiata and pesto aioli topped with a smoked Provolone and hot capiccola, pickled fennel, and arugula.

Dine in Chicken Sandwich from
A crispy chicken sandwich with a good, spicy sauce was part of the dine in experience at Cibo.

This was a really good sandwich. The coating was very crispy and the chicken really moist. I really enjoyed the heat in the arriabata and pesto aioli.

Winding Up My Dine In at The Wood Tavern

My final fried chicken dish came from The Wood Tavern in the Norwood Hotel. This was in my old work stomping grounds when I was priest at St. Philip’s. I’ve been here several times, both before and after the renovations.

The Wood Tavern Chicken Sandwich
My final sandwich on this dine in weekend. Good but incomplete.

The Wood Tavern entry was: Wood Tavern Crunch

Crispy buttermilk fried chicken, habanero aioli, pickled butternut squash, lettuce, tomato on a grilled brioche bun.

The sandwich uses crunch in the name, and they made sure they lived up to the name. The coating on this patty delivered crunch in every bite. Unfortunately, as it was the last day of the promotion, they had run out of the pickled butternut squash.

As a result I didn’t get the whole sandwich experience. So, as I come to the end of this post, this sandwich won’t be listed in the rankings. Instead it goes down as an incomplete. A really good incomplete, but incomplete, nonetheless.

2022 Fried Chicken Fest Rankings by restaurant name.

1.) St. James Burger & Chip Co.

2.) Merchant Kitchen (No. 1 last year)

3.) Fionn MacCool’s

4.) Little Goat Food & Drink

5.) The Tallest Poppy

6.) Cibo Waterfront Cafe

7.) 1928 Eatery & Pub

8.) Khao House

9.) WienerPeg

10.) Shark Club

11.) The Local Pub

12.) Yard Burger

13.) Brazen Hall

14.) Smitty’s Grant and Pembina

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.