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Churrasco of St. Clair

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on April 8, 2013 / review policy

Churrasco of St ClairChurrasco of St. Clair has been serving up rotisserie cooked chicken and Portuguese specialties since 1986. It's a no-frills take away counter that offers excellent value for fast take away, delivery and catering seven days a week. It also happens to be home to some of Toronto's best barbecue chicken.

Churrasco of St. ClairBehind the counter, the charcoal grill sizzles and the rotisserie oven slow cooks Maple Lodge chickens, which come out crispy-skinned but succulent and tender inside. Whole BBQ (or grilled) Chickens go for just $10.79 (take that Swiss Chalet and your $21 equivalent), but the most popular single serving order is the half chicken combo that comes in under $8.50 with a choice of any side.

Churrasco of St. ClairRoasted parisian potatoes and rice with peas are on display in a glowing red hot table, but there's also a fryer in the back if french fries are prefered. Luckily at lunchtime the Mixed Green and Caesar Salads ($3.59/sm or $5.29/large) are offered in combos as well. Made fresh daily they're served with housemade dressings that have proved so popular they've been bottled ($4.99/355ml).

Churrasco St ClairFor me, the only obvious criticism to be made of the place is the meager portions of hot sauce they dole out, which, in my opinion, should be ladled from a bucket as gratuitously as requested. For the best value, I already know to skip the 65 cent miniatures and just go for the 20oz cup ($1.93). One or two tiny cups will come with your order (depending on its size), but those are never enough.

Churrasco of St. ClairCoated in a patina of poultry smoke, the well-worn interior is the telltale sign not only of Churrasco of St. Clair's longevity, but also, its popularity. There's a handful of counter-top stools tucked into a nook behind the soda coolers, but eating here is akin to slumming it, so I stick to take-out and walk over to the nearby Wychwood Barns.

Open from 9am until at least 8pm daily.

Churrasco of St. ClairPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

17 Comments

David / May 17, 2009 at 04:06 pm
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This place was good like 10 yrs. ago! New owners, crappy food. Chicken is dry, and staff is amateur. Hot sauce tastes like Tabasco. Just another example indicating the abominable palates of the readers of blog.TO.
Justin Goncalves replying to a comment from David / August 2, 2010 at 05:38 pm
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Original Owners Cousins from Portugal took this place over again it is almost just like 10 years ago
Kevin replying to a comment from Justin Goncalves / August 8, 2011 at 08:56 pm
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Are you sure Justin? I thought two lawyers owned it for investment purposes and that's why it went down hill so fast. Are the original owners really back? Thanks.
Sean / March 29, 2012 at 08:09 pm
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I ate there tonight. It was amazing.
sean / July 4, 2012 at 09:05 pm
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Im not sure if any of you guys have ever had real Portuguese chicken before..
tried this place today because of reviews and it was pretty crappy. sauce tasted very tobasco like, the chicken....so gross i didnt even eat it all, potatoes and rice were equally as bad
. Id rate it as Coffee truck food quality at best.. try the place on college just west of dolce gelato ( right next to pizza nova) . Chicken is waaaay better, sauce is traditional and i find myself ordering more chicken even when im full because its tasty! Cant remember the name though. Sorry =[
Victor / February 12, 2013 at 09:05 am
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Awful! Ordered a WHOLE grilled chicken and potatoes, got home to open the box and there was only a half chicken with 2 tiny legs (looked more like wings) and was VERY dry.... I called to complain, was told to ask for manager next time. Never going back there again... Piri, Piri sauce is not authentic and tasted awful as well... What was supposed to be a dinner for 3 quickly became a dinner for 1.. Avoid, there are better chicken places here in Toronto and for a lot cheaper! I'm portuguese and i DO NOT endorse this place at all!!
Malcolm / April 8, 2013 at 11:41 am
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Used to live around the corner from there 10 years back and visited frequently, but judging by things others have told me about the slip I won't be back - not when there are better options not terribly far away.
ttraveller / April 8, 2013 at 01:49 pm
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Another typical BlogTo review. Substandard food of suspect quality. Ridiculous prices for meagre portions. About as far from Portuguese piri piri (I grew up in Mozambique) as it's possible to go. But BlogTo (and it's foodie fanbase) thinks it's all just wonderfully peachy keen.
mezimeen / April 8, 2013 at 03:31 pm
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Being Portuguese and having had a (very) respectable amount of Churrasqueira chicken in my day, I'd have to agree this place isn't the greatest. If you want some tasty grilled chicken I've always enjoyed Vila Verde on Dundas. I think they have a second location on Rogers Rd, but I've never been. Anyway, it's a bit of a hole but don't let that turn you away. It's bloody good and pretty authentic. Try it out.
Buy Coffee Online / April 9, 2013 at 04:03 pm
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Definitely one of the best kept secrets on St. Clair West! Love going there during the week for a late night snack :)
Maggie P / June 7, 2013 at 08:42 am
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Just had this last night. AWFUL!!!
Portions of chicken very tiny, dry, tasteless. Hot sauce was more like BBQ sauce with Indian spices. BARF!
Spencer Mussellam / July 26, 2013 at 02:32 pm
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You really need to update the reviews. Place looks filthy to me, the staff is rude and not knowledgeable. We have tried twice in the past week for old times sake but left both times with nothing. Used to be a nice place now it is not even worth trying. Terrible
john doe / August 22, 2013 at 11:40 am
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I used to work there am the owners are not related to the original owners in any way. they are sri-lanka and they chickens have been changed to smaller then before.
Sean / September 3, 2013 at 10:28 am
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Inspected on: August 27, 2013
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 9 (Minor: 2, Significant: 7)
Crucial infractions include: N/A
Maitai / September 3, 2013 at 11:51 am
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When did the ownership change? We used to love it but haven't been there in a few months.
Jenny / December 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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Worst chicken I've had. Far cry from anything Portuguese
Food Crit / May 21, 2014 at 01:02 am
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I'm truly not sure if most of you even have taste buds, I've been coming here with friends and family for the last nine years - the last 3 years have been great even better than the start, to add if you like reading they were featured on the Toronto Star in a positive note. New staff are very pleasant

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