One of Toronto’s oldest restaurants is bringing back a legendary menu item it hasn’t served in 20 years, for just one precious day.
Chick-N-Joy has been around since the 1970s, but it’s been decades since they served their famous chicken on a kaiser.
The family-run fried chicken restaurant at 1483 Queen Street E. is reissuing the menu item in honor of its 45th anniversary. Over the years they have been visited by celebrities like Al Pacino and Chris Rock.
Chick-N-Joy’s Dimitra Doufekas says the reason the sandwich was taken off the menu was because “it was a pain in the ass for the chef to make”. However, it’s worth it: you won’t find any processed patties here, just real chicken.
Doufekas says she compares the sacred status of chicken on a kaiser to McDonald’s pizza. She says Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau, who lived above Chick-N-Joy in the 1980s, loved it. She also alludes to the story of a captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“A famous hockey player from Toronto came knocking on the restaurant door after hours and he wanted five chickens on a kaiser,” Doufekas told blogTO.
“Bill told him he was out of a special ingredient. The hockey player went to the grocery store, bought the ingredient, and Bill made his order.” (Bill is another Chick-N-Joy staffer.)
For the festivities that day, there will also be special offers, music and competitions.
“It will be limited that day, so I encourage people to come early, we open at 11:30 a.m., to get your hands on one,” says Doufekas.
“For us, the chicken on a kaiser is reminiscent of a time of quality and skill in the fast food industry. It’s a time when the food was real. Real chicken, not processed. The chicken on a kaiser we brought back to food that was simple, unfiltered and just around the corner.”
Chicken on a Kaiser will be available at Chick-N-Joy for one day only on July 29.