On the eve of its 75th anniversary, Chalet Bar-B-Q on Sherbrooke Street W. in NDG continues to cater to a loyal clientele. Chalet Bar-B-Q opened its doors in August 1944 and over the years the iconic restaurant has built a legendary reputation for some of the best charcoal barbequed chicken anywhere — and that is because they have never tampered with a winning formula.
Each day they buy fresh, plump chickens that are slowly roasted over hardwood charcoal in custom built, brick ovens. The staff makes sure every chicken is crispy and golden on the outside and tender and juicy in the inside. Add some mouthwatering French fries or baked potato, a toasted bun and their famous dipping sauce and you will be in heaven.
Service here is lightning fast. The dining room features 42 tables while a party room can accommodate 40 people. There are eight delivery vehicles out on the road at any given time while pickup service is quick and easy. Many of the staff, like 26-year veteran server Louise Goedike, are so familiar with customers they greet them on a first name basis.
Chalet Bar-B-Q has some fantastic lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with full course meals starting as low as $8.95.
Marcel Mauron was the original owner and today his daughter Louise McConnell oversees the spacious venue. David T. (like Mr. T.) has managed the locale for the past 15 years, working under GM Danny Colantonio. “We order close to 3,000 chickens a week,” said David, who can often be found packing orders in the kitchen.
Besides the standard chicken dinners, you can order chicken soup, coleslaw, salads and a BBQ chicken sandwich on a Kaiser bun. A children’s meal for kids 10 and under costs only $6.10. Beer and wine are available, and they offer some delicious desserts, from chocolate or carrot cake to apple, coconut cream or lemon meringue pie.
There is free parking in the rear of the restaurant, located at 5456 Sherbrooke Street West. Reservations are accepted for parties of five or more. For more information, call 514-489-7235 or visit www.chaletbbq.com