Brownies Chicken and Seafood in Maple Ridge is one of the last franchises in Canada. Brownies was popular back in the 70’s and 80’s with multiple locations. Original owner and operators – Gary and Janice revamped Brownies and made sure the food is top quality that customers will remember.
I sure don’t remember since I wasn’t born yet but those who remember Brownies gravitate towards their fried chicken.
There aren’t many seat inside, it is mostly for take out from what we observed. We saw a few chairs and a counter if you wanted to eat inside. Since it was a hot sunny day, the space was very hot, so we decided to eat outside as they have 2 tables out there.
We got the six pack of chicken that comes with fries and a choice of gravy or salad. Without hesitation we chose gravy.
They source their chicken from Rossdown Farms, which is close by. You can get your chicken done in 2 ways – regular and cajun. We asked for half and half as we wanted to try both tastes. The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside depending on the piece. Thighs are generally the best as dark meat is delicious. I like how it’s not too salty either.
Of the original and cajun flavours, it was really hard to tell which was which, but I think the original one has more pepper, which I liked.
The medium fries with cajun spice was delicious an crispy. After a while some went limp but eat them while its fresh and dunk them into the gravy.
The fries are from Cavendish Farms
The popcorn shrimp has cajun spice as well because why not? Each piece has a small piece of shrimp battered and fried till golden brown. This dish was ok, but at least it’s Ocean Wise certified, so it’s caught in a sustainable way.
Cod and Onion Rings
We also tried a piece of cod and swapped the fries with onion rings. It comes with tartar sauce as well. They use Alaskan Cod and it was ok, a little flat and dense. If you eat it with the tartar sauce, it is better.
The onion rings were crisp and delicious.
I’m glad I had friend who love fried chicken that they knew about this gem that has been forgotten by future generations like me, plus I live closer to the city, so Maple Ridge is a little bit far. I’m still thrilled to be able to see another outstanding chicken restaurant. The chicken, fries and gravy were the best parts.
22899 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, BC