On an absolutely fabulous, sunny day, I had the chance to meet up with a friend of mine from first year whom I haven’t seen since, but finally got to see her today. Siti and I have always kept in contact via social media, and when I stumbled upon one of her snapchat stories at the Dirty Bird, I insisted that she would take me there one day for our reunion. Well, today happen to be that day!

The Dirty Bird is located within Kensington Market, which is also not a bad walk from UofT. Of course, with the weather permitting a nice stroll, it made the commute to Dirty Bird much more pleasant. The Dirty Bird specializes in their unique combination of fried chicken and waffles (unique combo indeed!) and is a popular hit for many Torontonians and tourists alike! I was happy to try it out for the first time with my old friend 

The atmosphere of Dirty Bird was quite snug, yet cozy. Its dark, wooden furniture and blue walls gave the ambiance of the place a hipster feel. We placed our order up front with a friendly man who served us beautifully and with the utmost respect. He kindly informed us that we would be expecting our food within a 10-15 minute wait (we came during prime time, a.k.a lunch time, so the place was packed!) Siti and I decided to step out of the place during that time to explore Kensington and then once we came back our food was there waiting for us!

Down below we got Siti’s selection of food, which consisted of two items: on the left she got the Dirty Fries which were hand cut fries with their signature dirty seasoning, cheddar, dirty aioli, French fried onions and Chives, and on the right are two different types of Chicken Wings – one being the Buffalo Flavor and the other being Dry and Dirty Flavor. On her personal preference, not only was the food delicious, filling and satisfying, but all of Dirty Bird’s foods are Halal. So, if you prefer Halal, Dirty Bird caters for you!

And then my choice for lunch – the famous ODB Boneless Thigh and Leg, Waffle with Buttered Maple and Dirty Sauce and a side of Coleslaw. This is a signature dish at Dirty Bird and was a recommendation by Siti for my first time trying out the place. All I have to say is that this dish was largely filling, largely satisfying and, large. The quantity of the whole dish was on the larger side, and being a person of petite stature, made it a difficult dish to finish eating. HOWEVER, I can see what all the hype is with the ODB, as the combination of the sweetness of the waffle, and the dirty sauce on the crispy chicken was absolutely phenomenal!

The visit to Dirty Bird was a great choice, and allowed easy, laid-back eating in order to catch up with my friend. I highly recommend this place to all foodies and people alike, if you’re looking for some interesting combinations and food packed with distinct flavor! Thank you to Siti for showing me this restaurant to document on Foodie Utopia!

For more information about Dirty Bird and their fine establishment, take a visit to their website: https://www.thedirtybird.ca/site/


Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ 

Ambiance – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ 

Taste – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

Service – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡