The lunch crowd descended on Leslieville’s newest takeout joint, Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken (913 Queen St. E.) as it officially opened for business today. The store is an offshoot of Delica Kitchen (both owned by Devin Connell) and specializes in—as the name suggests—fried chicken and donuts that come in regular size ($2.75) and donut-hole portions (eight for $4.50). Each day, Paulette’s will feature seven different donut flavours; today’s are blueberry balsamic, cinnamon latte, root-beer float, raspberry rose, mango-yuzu, and D’Oreo—each with colourful swirls fit for a Dr. Suess book. Donuts are available in the morning from 7 a.m. and the chicken starts frying for lunch at 11a.m.; prices are $8 for two “snack size” portions of chicken and $15 for a half-chicken combo with a side. It’s not exactly Toonie-Tuesdays-at-KFC cheap, but the chicken is considerably crispier, less oily, and doesn’t feel like a grease bomb exploded in your stomach. They also come with dipping sauces and salts like—an Indian-inspired garam masala salt—for an extra kick.
With Paulette’s now located right beside Mercury Espresso, across from Ed’s Real Scoop, and just a few steps away from Leslieville Pumps, the intersection of Queen and Carlaw has become a hungry east-end office worker’s dream come true.