Fantastic fowl: Top fried chicken joints in Ottawa

If you want to live a long and healthy life, fried chicken’s probably not a regular feature on your plate. But when that craving strikes, nothing quite hits the spot like it! At first glance it may seem like a challenge to find something in Ottawa other than the Colonel’s red and white buckets, but here are some reliable spots for fried chicken that go above and beyond.

Zaki Broast & Grill

1385 Baseline Rd, Ottawa, ON K2C 3G1

They might call their chicken “broasted” here, but don’t worry – the broasting method still produces that comforting fried chicken quality you crave, only juicier! Not only are the breaded chicken pieces seasoned to perfection and made fresh to order, but they come out of the broaster tasting clean and crispy, without that old grease flavour. Zaki’s also specializes in Middle Eastern and Asian fare, serving up a delicious array of beef and chicken kabobs. Clean and modern-casual, this laid back, cozy spot is just the place to enjoy some great comfort food with friends and family.

Crispy's Burgers & Fried Chicken

D 1433 Woodroffe Av, Nepean, ON K2G 1W1

If you’re craving fried chicken, this is one of the best places in town to get it, served up crispy and tender with a side of delicious golden fries and a great selection of dipping sauces. The homemade burgers, wings and variety of signature Philly cheese steak subs are other big draws at this busy grill. While you wait for your fresh-to-order chicken feast, you’ll enjoy relaxing in the casual, clean environment. You’ll also appreciate the spot-on service from the super-friendly, eager-to-please staff!

Union Local 613

315 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J8

If you’re looking for the trendiest fried chicken in town, get yourself to this Southern-inspired speakeasy, tucked away in a basement space. The feel of this hipster spot is full of Southern, rustic charm, with exposed brick, large colourful murals, lots of warm floor-to-ceiling wood panelling and a unique communal seating concept in the middle of the restaurant. Once the food arrives, you won’t care who you’re sitting beside anyway, with that fried chicken you crave cooked to juicy perfection. You’ll also enjoy Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and cast-iron cornbread.

Bowmans Bar & Grill

1170 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K6

If you’ve ever dreamed of stacking up your fried chicken with some waffles, Bowman’s gastropub can accommodate your fantasy craving! The fried chicken and waffles drizzled with garlic maple syrup is a standout favourite dish here. While you wait for your food in the cozy, spacious pub, you’ll enjoy munching on homemade guacamole and tortilla chips, served up warm and crispy, perfect to go along with your craft beer or cocktail selection. The warm and friendly staff also have a way of making every diner feel like they’re getting the special treatment!

Shawarma House

3059 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2B 7K4

Yes, it’s a shawarma house, but this popular Middle Eastern eatery serves up an excellent fried chicken too! Expect to get nice huge chunks of chicken, fried up extra crispy on the outside, and juicy and flavourful on the inside. The satisfying beef and chicken shawarma plates are pretty awesome too, full of garlic, and satisfying big appetites for a nice small price. The atmosphere is super casual booth-style seating, designed for simply getting down to the business of satisfying your hunger!

Quinn's Ale House

1070 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X3

This cozy, family-run pub in Ottawa’s Old South neighbourhood is a great place to enjoy a relaxing pint and a fabulous plate of that perfectly cooked fried chicken you’ve been dreaming of! The popular Quinntuckey Fried Chicken gets you two pieces of nicely seasoned boneless chicken chunks, served with fried and classic coleslaw. The chicken here is marinated before it gets breaded, which makes the flavour something special. If you hit this warm and friendly pub on the right night, you might even get treated to some live music!

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