Cheap Eat of the Week: fried chicken from Paulette’s

There are few things in this world that I am as unabashedly passionate about as fried chicken. While in NYC, I’m partial to Momofuku Noodle Bar’s fried chicken meals (which they say is for four to eight people, but is really for 10 hungry people) or Harlem’s Red Rooster further uptown. For something closer to home, there’s The Stockyards’ fried chicken dinner, complete with slaw, or Chantecler’s cold fried chicken, served on lettuce wrap Sundays.

Bottom line: if you’ve got fried chicken, I’ll come calling.  

Call it comfort or obsession, there are some things — like finding the love of your life or the bartender that always gets it just right — that you just can’t deny. Fried chicken is one such food and, while glorious, could very well be my downfall one day. Enter: Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken in Leslieville.  

Starting at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays through Sundays (donuts start at 8:30 a.m. but can sell out quickly), Paulette’s serves up old-school fried chicken like the kind you would have at your grandparents’ house for Sunday family dinner. Nothing overly fancy, but crispy as hell — something between Miss Vickies’ potato chips or a good tempura batter.

The “snack chicken” box ($8) comes with half of a chicken breast and one piece of dark meat along with dipping sauce (choose from hot sauce, tandoori BBQ, honey, sumac oregano rub, garam masala rub) and four garam masala donut dots (they’re like nose-to-tail for donuts — making good use of all the donut).

Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken, 913 Queen St. E., 647-748-1177

Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

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