Got to Love that Chicken: Max’s Chicken and Seafood
After the done-to-death Portuguese chicken restaurant craze, comes the equivalent of chicken and seafood fast food chains — enter newly opened Max’s Chicken & Seafood.
Fried chicken is a comfort food and it is the kind of food that is a family favourite. So one quiet weekday evening, we paid Max’s Chicken & Seafood a visit at their Heartland location (801 Matheson Blvd West). The bright and large signs made this place easy to find.
Since a long time favourite franchise changed their chicken source from hand to machine slaughtered around Toronto and the GTA, people have been searching to fill the fried chicken void in their lives. There are a few options, and Max’s Chicken & Seafood is one of them.
This particular location was spacious, clean and had lots of seating. We also found the staff to be professional and knowledgeable about the menu offerings.
The daily specials caught our attention, which offered great deals on some of our favourite items. We decided to order the Three-Piece Chicken Finger (Tuesday Special), Popcorn Shrimp, Chicken Sandwich and the Two-Piece Chicken Combo. Our side orders included fries, onion rings and biscuits.
Naturally, we compared the food at Max’s to the food at this same establishment. We feel that comparing Max’s to them is like comparing apples of different kinds: Gala vs. Macintosh. Even though the apples look similar, they have different tastes.
We first tried the Chicken Fingers ($3.89 – Tuesday Special) and were surprised at how delicious they were. They were moist from the inside and had the most amazing black pepper coating on the outside. Best of all, it was not greasy at all. The Chicken Fingers were our favourite item of the night.
Our Popcorn Shrimp ($5.09) order had a generous amount of Fried shrimps. They were not like any battered crustacean from the competition at all. They were larger and crunchier but lacked the spicy kick of flavour we were hoping for. They were different, but good in their own way. We enjoyed them with their accompanying tartar sauce.
The Chicken Sandwich ($4.99) was similar to that one we all love. It had the spicy mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, and the crunchy chicken. It was a decent sandwich and we would recommend it.
Lastly, we tried the signature deep-fried Chicken ($7.10). Although similar in appearance to pretty much any fried chicken on the market — the taste was really different. It was spicy but we felt that the spice in it was South Asian inspired. The outside of the chicken was crunchy and the inside perfectly cooked. Although the chicken had a different taste, we enjoyed the change.
We also tried the biscuit, fries and onion rings, all of which were enjoyable. The biscuit was a little crunchier on the top than what we are used to, but good nonetheless.
Overall, Max’s Chicken and Seafood should be your next go-to place to satisfy your deep-fried chicken cravings. We recommend the Chicken Fingers the Chicken Sandwich. The different flavours are sure to entice your taste buds and keep you coming for more.
Meat Source: Chicken is from Zabeeha Poultry Suppliers Ltd., hand slaughtered.
Sadia and Nadia are sisters who have a passion for halal food. Their hobbies include spending their hard-earned money at new restaurants, trying different cuisines, and instagramming pictures of food. Sadia loves to cook and bake while Nadia enjoys eating only. They run the Halal Food Enthusiasts blog where they share their food adventures and recipes.
Max’s Chicken & Seafood
801 Matheson Blvd West, Mississauga