The Downlow Chicken Shack is a Nashville-style spicy fried chicken fast-food eatery on Commercial Dr. and Venables.
Prepare for a wait in line as it is very popular!
The menu is simple. Drum, thigh, breast, or wings served a few different ways, with different levels of SPICY.
What We Ordered Chicken On A Bun (Chicken Breast Burger) Half Bird (Four pieces, drum, wing, thigh, breast) Fries with medium spice. Ginger Beer
Chicken Burger (Mild spice) Crispy, slightly sweet glaze on batter/breading. Mild spice was very mild forgot it was there.
Nice toppings pickle, Downlow sauce.
The potato bun is basic.Nothing special here.
It’s served in a box, and is very oily when you pick it up. The bar counter top we were seated at was covered in oil, so watch out when putting your phone on the counter top in front of the kitchen/assembly line.
Fries Fries are ordered separate from chicken burger. Good amount of fries in a box. Flavor is nothing special. Some sauce, but the style of fries doesn’t go well with burger. Reminded me of lloppy fries like McCain frozen fries. Needed ketchup.
(Skip the fries and try the other sides)
Half Bird (Classic no spice) Four pieces, drum, wing, thigh, breast Good amount of meat to bone. Slightly sweet flavor glaze on breading.
VALUE: Good portion size. Average prices. Could be cheaper.
QUALITY: Good flavors and food temperature. Very Oily.
SERVICE: Ok. Friendly. Slow when busy. Lots of tissue dispensers. Cash, Debit, Credit.
BUMMER: No soda fountain or water station. Only bottled water, or bottled soda for sale. Fries are not included with the burger. Loud rap music with profanity during our visit. May not be good for children.
Overall, the chicken is the star of the show. Definitely worth repeat visits for fried chicken cravings. However somethings can be improved for the customer experience.
Hi Genki is located INSIDE a care home for seniors. The restaurant is the dining area used by the residents. It is very popular with the lunch crowd. Most people wouldn’t think about eating at a senior home, which makes Hi Genki a very unique experience.
The menu features rice bowls, curry combos, and more. Hi Genki is affiliated with Fujiya Japanese Market so the ingredients are coming from a legit source.
What We Ordered:
Tea and water included.
Chicken Katsu Curry Comes with rice, and salad.
Potato Croquette and Spinach Gomae.
Pork Donburi (Rice Bowl) Comes with miso soup.
VALUE: Good portion size. Good prices.
QUALITY: Good flavors and food temperature.
SERVICE: OK. Friendly. Slower when busy.
Cash, Debit, Credit.
Tip: Get there early. Busy during lunch.
Overall, good place for authentic Japanese cuisine.
Address: 6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4N3
McDonald’s Canada is offering a unique summer promotion called the ‘World Taste Tour’. It runs from June 18 – July 29 and features international flavors. Themed menu items include China, Italy, Australia, Mexico, and France.
The Szechuan burger is inspired by Chinese flavors. There are crispy wontons in the burger with grilled onions, on a toasted black and white sesame seed bun.
The Szechuan sauce is sweet like a generic Asian sweet sauce. It is not spicy, unlike true Szechuan cuisine. It’s mostly salty sweet.
The crispy wontons add a nice crunch to the burger. The grilled onions add to the sweetness.
Overall, the Asian themed burger is good choice for people looking for a crunchy sweet McD burger.
Chinese Szechuan Burger – June 18 to July 1
Italian Pesto Chicken Sandwich – July 2 to July 15
Aussie BBQ & Egg Burger – July 16 to July 29
Mexican Bacon Queso More-Ning® McWrap® – June 18 to July 29