Behind The Chicken

It’s all for the love of fried chicken! We are a husband and wife team with a serious passion for fried chicken and all things spicy. We believe that high quality ingredients, generous portions, and good ol’ hospitality are key to a perfect casual joint.

During a trip to Nashville, Chef Matt experienced Nashville Hot Chicken for the first time - it was love at first taste. The combination of crispy skin, moist chicken, and balanced hot seasonings blew his mind and he knew Toronto needed to experience this too.

The chicken joint he first visited was a little shack on the outskirts of downtown Nashville. This wasn’t just some “Top Ten Things to Do in Nashville” tourist trap of a restaurant, pushing cheap mugs and overpriced bumper stickers, this place was the real deal, the kind of place that you feel the locals want to keep a secret. So when Matt came back to Toronto, hot chicken was burnt into his brain. If there is one thing that Matt and Carolyn want people to know, is that this isn’t a carbon copy of another fried chicken restaurant in Nashville. We do our own thing, our own way, with a lot of heart. When building our recipes, we started from scratch and incorporated our own ideas and flavours to create a truly unique version of Nashville Hot Chicken. Each individual piece of chicken is dry brined with a blend of our own spices and rests for two days to ensure the brine has time to work its way to the centre of every piece of chicken. All of our spice blends are made in-house; even our Carolina Reapers and Ghost Peppers are blended by hand to ensure we are using the purest and hottest peppers possible! All our chickens are brought in from a local Ontario farm, are grain-fed, free-run, never receive any hormones or steroids, and are 100% halal.

Chica was our gentle, sweet, loving, Yellow Lab and was one of the hundreds of dogs rescued from an overpopulated shelter in Israel.