On our way to Ah-Beetz, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a Lee's Chicken. Yes, call it a 6th sense, "I can see restaurants!" I put forward the idea to Kim and Anita that we visit this Lee's after we eat pizza. The good thing about being with other foodies is that they are usually up for anything. Never pass up an opportunity to eat! So, despite being completely stuffed, we stopped at Lee's before getting back on the freeway. Initially, the other people waiting for their orders were quite perplexed at my picture-taking. At one point, I just had to tell the guy staring at me that, "I'm not Japanese". I explained what I was doing and everything seemed a bit more normal. It took a little while for our order; but we were not complaining. The reason is what makes Lee's Chicken so good is because they cook it to order, not like that "kept warm" chicken at KFC. This brings up an interesting story... The founder of Lee's Chicken was actually the nephew of Colonel Sanders and had helped run KFC. Another interesting fact is that LA Chicken used to be a Lee's Chicken. That probably explains the similarity between the two (down to the gravy).
I ended up getting half regular and half spicy. Kim and Anita dug into the regular and the skin was crispy and peppery. The tender, juicy meat billowed out steam since it was so freshly fried. This is how good fried chicken is supposed to be. Not like that shriveled up crap you get at KFC and the greasy, one-dimensional flavour you get at Churches (although I don't mind it). I ate a piece of spicy myself and honestly, it's not really all that spicy; but it's got a slight kick to it. Too bad there are no Lee's in Vancouver or Burnaby. The last one that's remotely close is in Port Coquitlam. It's probably for the best anyways, otherwise I'd be eating fried chicken everyday.
- It's cooked fresh
- It tastes good with a good mix of spices and lots of pepper
- Ugly gravy, but it tastes good!
- None really near Vancouver
- You generally have to wait for your order, but it's worth it