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The Best Jerk Chicken in Toronto

The best jerk chicken in Toronto is Jamaican BBQ bird at its finest. The smokey scents of these jerk drums have taken ahold of this city for decades. The competition gets as spicy as the marinade: there's no shortage of allspice- and Scotch bonnet-flavoured meats, served on rice, in your favourite patties, and even on poutine.

Here's the best jerk chicken in Toronto.
 


Allwyn's Bakery
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Allwyn's Bakery

The strip plaza staple by York Mills now has four locations for regulars to flock to. They've been serving mean jerk chicken-stuffed sandwiches and patties with slaw since 1996. Try it with their house-made hot sauce at the original store, at Yonge and Sheppard, the Queensway, or Queen West.

Albert's Real Jamaican
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Albert's Real Jamaican

This Jamaican mainstay on St. Clair West since 1986. What started as a takeout spot has expanded to a comfortable restaurant where people can eat some proper jerk chicken. Dinners come with rice and peas, slaw, or curry veggies on the side. Don't forget the ginger beer, made in-house.


Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen
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Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen

Pimento, oak, and cherry wood fire up the slow-baked jerk wings at this King West restaurant, which is definitely the most modern spot on the list. They also have jerk chicken that comes in quarters, halves, or whole, with their signature slaw on the side.

Jerk King Bloorcourt
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Jerk King Bloorcourt

There are multiple locations of Jerk King, including in the Annex, in the Grange, and the late night counter by Bloor and Dufferin: probably their most famous store. The jerk chicken, which you can get as a meal or in a patty, is what keeps the lineups going, most days. 


Rasta Pasta
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Rasta Pasta

Nothing says summer like seeing—and smelling—the drum firing up outside this Kensington favourite, but flavourful jerk is on the menu all year round. Get their chicken in a grilled panini or on a standard bed of rice with slaw.


Mr. Jerk
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Mr. Jerk

There are six locations of Mr. Jerk around the city (the original was at Peanut Plaza) but the store in Cabbagetown is the classic. The brand has made a name for itself over the last three decades for its impeccable jerk.

Chris Jerk
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Chris Jerk

If you’ve never tried the jerk poutine from this restaurant on Birchmount, you're missing out on a quintessential Toronto experiece. Tender jerk chicken is shaved off the spit shawarma-style and served on fries doused in gravy; it's the best of two worlds.


Cool Runnings
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Cool Runnings

After 17 years operating the beloved original on Main Street, owner Aubin Cooper finally opened a second location of Cool Runnings in 2020. Eglinton East now has its own spot for jerk chicken that lacks the kick, which is goods news for you spice-averse jerk fans.

Tropical Joe's
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Tropical Joe's

Tucked away inside the food court of Gerrard Square Mall is this venerated counter for tasty jerk. Get it on poutine, boneless and skinless, or in huge lunch portions with rice and peas. They don't hold back on the heat here.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Allwyn's on Queen. @cindyluchan of Mr. Jerk, @atam_79 of Albert's Real Jamaican Foods


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