Fried Chicken Bliss at Mary Brown’s

I think many people have a special spot in their food cravings for fried chicken. I know every so often I get this yearning for crispy poultry goodness. If you read my previous review of the Airfryer, you will also know that I have an irrational fear of deep frying. So what’s a girl to do when she gets a hankering for fried chicken? Head to the closest fried chicken restaurant and maybe share a box or bucket with her family and feel super, super guilty afterwards while downing glass after glass of water from the overly salted guilty pleasure. Am I right?!

So when my new foodie friend Jo (aka asked me to be her guest at Mary Brown’s North York grand re-opening (no brainer…yes!), what’s the first thing we notice? The long line of people snaked around the restaurant.  Now that’s fried chicken dedication for you, and in that scorching heat too!  I quickly learned that to celebrate their re-launch, Mary Brown’s was giving away free Big Mary’s chicken sandwiches for a year to a few very lucky people!  Whoa…FREE for a WHOLE YEAR? Shut the front door, right?

Did you know that Mary Brown’s is a Canadian company that started over 46 years ago in Newfoundland? With over 130 locations across Canada, and over 30 restaurants in Ontario, Mary Brown’s has plans to open more locations in GTA.  They pride themselves on using only fresh Grade A chickens and real potatoes that are hand-cut daily for their taters, so nothing is processed or frozen. Speaking of taters, their tater poutine is a glorious gooey goodness of crispy taters smothered in gravy and generously heaped with cheese curds. The end result is cheese string heaven.

photo credit: Carol F

As for that ubiquitous fried chicken? Well, Mary Brown’s Fried chicken consumption left me with no guilt. Zero. Zip, Zilch. Nada. The first thing I noticed was the size of the chicken: bigger. Taste: not overly salty. Skin: crispy crunchy, but not too much that it scratches the roof of your mouth and you’re left with dining battle wounds. Meat: juicy, moist, tender. Verdict: yummy fried chicken!

But it’s not just their signature fried chicken that is delicious. They have Chicken Pop-Ins which are bite sized chicken pieces perfect for little hands (and big ones too as a snack). However, I fell in love with their Big Mary Chicken sandwich that comes in regular or spicy. I got the regular, but I would definitely order the spicy next time!

Photo credit: Carol F

If you missed out on Mary Brown’s Grand Re-Opening you still have a chance to win a FREE Big Mary’s chicken sandwiches for a YEAR with me on Instagram.  Here’s your chance to get in on fried chicken bliss!


  1. Follow @bakingzen @aznmodern @marybrownsofficial
  2. “LIKE” my Mary Brown’s chicken contest post
  3. Name one menu item from Mary Brown’s
  4. Tag a friend on the post


Contest closes July 8, 2016. No purchase necessary. Prize must be accepted as awarded. Chicken prize coupons only redeemable at new North York location at 3199 Dufferin Street (close to Yorkdale Shopping Centre). Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries.

Photo Carol aka @bakingzen


Oh, and great meeting a few of the Toronto FC!

Thanks to Rey (aka @EatnMingle) for a scrumptious time!

~ Carol (aka. @Bakingzen)


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