Spice City Toronto: Legendary Jerk Chicken Joint Gets a New Home
The North York staple has moved to bigger and brighter digs, but the food is still dependably tasty—and spicy.
Allwyn’s Bakery has long been a legend amongst residents of North York. The location at Parkwoods Village Centre was obscure to say the least, but Allwyn’s had no trouble drawing a crowd of rabidly loyal fans thanks to its killer jerk chicken and dirt cheap prices. Now the restaurant has a moved into a more visible storefront at Donwood Plaza at 81 Underhill Drive.
Allwyn’s regulars have flocked to the new location, which opened three months ago after the old space was given up to expand Shopper’s Drug Mart as part of the Parkwoods Village redevelopment. “There are lots of old folks and new faces,” says stoic staffer and Jamaican immigrant Donald Simpson, who has worked for Allwyn’s for almost 20 years. “It’s much busier and there are lots of lineups,” he sighs.
The new location is still modest, but bigger and brighter than the previous space. There are some stools and a table so patrons can eat inside instead of scarfing down the food in their cars. Heck, there’s even a phone number now. But the basics haven’t changed.
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