You can never go wrong with chicken—especially Portuguese BBQ chicken with rice and roasted, one-bite potatoes. But where can you get a flavour overload or the best deal for your taste? I've got it covered, from the traditionalists to the adventurists.
Here are the top 5 Portuguese chicken restos offering the best flavour, service and price that Brampton has to offer. Prices do not include tax.
Go to Martin's if you have a large appetite or need to feed a lot of people. Their smallest portion is a half chicken dinner with two sides and it is generous with thick pieces of chicken. Expect the typical staple of roasted potatoes and rice as well. If you order the dark meat you're in for a treat. The skin has a unique sweetness that's more than a pleasant surprise. And their potatoes have a subtle veggie flavour to them that sets them apart from other restaurants. I had the pleasure of watching NBA basketball when I was there, but I didn't watch for long because service was quick. On a side note, Martin's has Latin Night on Saturday's.
Half chicken meal, roasted potatoes, rice and piri piri sauce: $7.95
This restaurant wins the award for giving customers more bang for their buck. They offer a customer appreciation meal from Tuesday-Thursday with a quarter chicken of white or dark meat, two sides, choice of water or specified soft drinks and piri piri sauce for $6.99! I'm still shaking my head in disbelief. And the food is delicious. Their chicken's flavour is right on and is a great option for the traditionalists of the dish. The chicken is tender and the sides are kept fresh in massive hot plates at the store front. And to top it off, the staff is very friendly and their newest location on Clarence Street is five weeks old and looks marvelous. In and out in five minutes between rushes and I wouldn't have a problem waiting if I came during peak hours.
Quarter chicken of white or dark meat, two sides, choice of water or specified soft drinks and piri piri sauce: $6.99
This joint won the trophy for best traditional BBQ chicken. This family-owned and operated churrasquiera has a serious dinner rush where lineups to the door are the norm. And can you believe that I was in it out in 15 minutes? This place doesn't fool around. Though white meat is a dollar more expensive, it is so worth it. A quarter chicken combo with white meat provided incredibly juicy chicken and an ideal texture on the outside with a nice saltiness to the skin that had the right amount of crispiness. Go here if you want your BBQ chicken done right and if you're a piri piri sauce connoisseur.
Quarter chicken meal dark meat, choice of two sides and piri piri sauce: $8.00
Quarter chicken meal white meat, choice of two sides and piri piri sauce: $9.00
Time for the ringer! This restaurant isn't even known for their BBQ chicken. They were featured on The Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here for their sandwiches. But this Portuguese restaurant didn't forget where they came from and they put their own spin on the traditional dish that's perfect for anyone who wants to shake it up. Their quarter chicken meal, with a choice of white or dark meat (made-to-order) is a little different because they also grill their chicken. I was happy to see the grill marks on the chicken leg I got, I even think it looked tastier. Aside from unbelievably juicy chicken meat with a savoury layer of skin, their sides put you past the point of no return. Get their "skins"— thinly sliced potatoes with the skin and a punchy flavour of salt and pepper. You won't be sorry. Located in the heart of downtown Brampton with City Hall right across the street, this is a great place to stop in it during a day out. The place is very popular with city workers thanks to the proximity as well. But you really gotta eat here.
Quarter chicken with choice of white or dark meat and choice of home fries, skins, or fresh cut coleslaw: $8.25
If you are looking for the full package this is the place. Sweets, hot meals, alcohol, lots of space, TVs, Nova Grill and Bakery has it all. You've probably seen Nova Grill and Bakery locations around the GTA, but this is one of the few that offers cooked meals. The quarter chicken meal is tied for the cheapest meal on the list, advertised at $6.99 in store. A huge perk is the variety of sides to choose from. Stick with your roasted potatoes and rice, or grab some steamed vegetables, rapini, small baked potatoes (with the skin) instead. And believe me, the list does go on. The chicken is done well and doesn't venture far from traditional Portuguese tradition with juicy meat and a crispy-ish skin with mild or hot piri piri sauce on the side or slathered on. Come to the restaurant/bakery for a get together with family or friends and I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed. Even if you don't get the chicken.
Quarter chicken of white or dark meat, two sides and piri piri sauce: $6.99