How do you like your fried chicken?

Thick batter? Sweet or spicy sauce? Traditional or with a twist?

There are so many factors to consider when it comes to this indulgent dish that people can be picky.

Thankfully, the city is full of restaurants that offer fried chicken (with more to come), so there are plenty of options for you to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day this Wednesday, July 6th.

Let’s discover 10 must-try fried chicken restaurants in and around Victoria to celebrate the occasion: 

Popeyes Louisiana Chicken

Popeyes Louisiana Chicken opened their very first Vancouver Island location in December 2021, and it has been incredibly popular ever since!

Stop by this fried chicken lovers dream for signature chicken, handcrafted tenders, chicken sandwiches, wings and more.

  • Location: 1646 McKenzie Avenue, Unit 104
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday

Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken

Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken is the perfect spot for those late night fried chicken cravings. 

Their menu offers half and full orders of their signature fried chicken with 6 sauce options. All chicken can be ordered bone-in or boneless.

  • Location: 512 Yates Street
  • Hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday

Chicken 649

Chicken 649 specializes in authentic Korean fried Chicken, with all dishes made with fresh, marinated chicken and sauces house-made with fresh ingredients.

Enjoy signature and premium chicken options, offered in half and full orders as well as wings!

  • Location: 2224 Quadra Street
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday

Thunderbird Korean Fried Chicken

Thunderbird serves up fried chicken in the heart of Cook Street Village, and says they have the tastiest, crispiest and spiciest chicken in the city.

The chicken joint serves 4 piece, 7 piece and 14 piece meals with 6 flavour options. If it is difficult to choose, they also have an option to try half and half, to try two flavours.

  • Location: 253 Cook Street
  • Hours: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Sunday

Chicken on the Run

Chicken on the Run has cooked their chicken through a process called ‘Broasting’ for 25 years.

Pieces of hand cut chicken are marinated in Chicken on the Run’s secret recipe for 24 hours, allowing the marinade to go right to the bone. 

Once an order is placed, the chicken is cooked in a specialized pressure cooker.

  • Location: 405 Craigflower Road
  • Hours: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday

Jones Bar-B-Que

Jones Bar-B-Que is a Victoria classic!

Try pieces of fried chicken, fried chicken and waffles, a 10 piece bucket, wings or the Jones Big Crunch sandwich.

Watch out for a new location coming to Langford soon!

  • Location: 1725 Cook Street
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Sunday

Deadbeetz Burgers

If you like your fried chicken in burger form, Deadbeetz has you covered. 

Deadbeetz Burgers’ Deluxe Chicken sandwich is a breaded chicken breast with house made dill pickles, lettuce, and chipotle mayo. Nashville hot it up for an extra dollar! 

  • Location: 1950D Oak Bay Avenue
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday

Heron Rock Bistro

Another delicious fried chicken burger can be enjoyed at Heron Rock Bistro. 

Their fried chicken burger is served on a freshly baked bun with fried chicken, homemade bread and butter pickles and spicy aioli.

  • Location: 435 Simcoe Street
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

The Ruby

The Ruby is well known across the city for their oven roasted chicken, so you know their fried chicken is going to be something special. 

On National Fried Chicken day, try their chicken and waffle breakfast!

  • Locations: 3110 Douglas Street and 642A Johnson Street
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday (Douglas), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday (Johnson)

Pelicana- King of Chicken

Pelicana says they are the King of Chicken, the freshest, juiciest and most tender chicken in the city.

They offer 8 and 16 piece fried chicken options, with 10 sauce options. As well as 10 piece wing meals!

  • Location: 3749 Shelbourne Street #124
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday

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