A take-out fried chicken shack serving Calgary since 1958, Chicken on the Way is a classic of its kind. Amenities are few. Ordering is done at a counter inside and everything gets sent out in a bright yellow box.
When you stand in line waiting to place your order, you see a bin full of potatoes waiting to be cut and deep-fried and you smell the alluring aroma of hot chicken pulled from boiling oil. Although shrimp and flatfish are available from the fry basket, chicken rules this roost; and the standard meal ranges from two pieces in the Snack Pac to five pieces in the Hungry Man Dinner. It is sturdy-crusted, oil-infused, luscious chicken, a joy to handle as well as to eat. The skin pulls away in great chewy strips and the meat below is moist and flavorful. Side dishes include excellent French fries and big, super-crusty, slightly sweet corn fritters. Gravy is also available – for dipping chicken or fried potatoes.
Special thanks to Elise T, roadfood.com user, who tipped us off to Chicken on the Way, writing that her mother remembered it as “the only chicken place in Calgary when she lived there in the ‘50s.” There now are five locations around the city.