Score $6.50 chicken dinners for one day only at this iconic Canadian restaurant chain

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I grew up in Toronto in the 1980s, where I developed an affection for Swiss Chalet. The iconic Canadian chain opened their first location at 234 Bloor Street West in Toronto back in 1954 in a location that eventually was demolished about a decade ago to make way for condos (isn’t that always the way?).

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Eventually Swiss Chalet grew from their Toronto home base to include a couple of hundred locations across Canada and in the U.S. They’ve since scaled back a bit – they closed up all their U.S. locations, and one of their major Vancouver locations, on Broadway in Kitsilano, closed in the spring of 2017.

That said, Swiss Chalet is still going strong, and is celebrating their 65th anniversary right now. Known for their rotisserie chicken (and that Chalet Sauce), the chain will be selling their Quarter Chicken Dinner for just $6.50 a pop on Sunday, June 23.

The legendary Quarter Chicken Dinner features their chicken, prepared following the same recipe they’ve used for all 65 years, served with fries or salad, Chalet Sauce, and a dinner roll. The meal typically costs $10.99 and up, and, for many, is instant nostalgia.

The $6.50 special price is available for guests who dine in or do take out, and can be ordered ahead online; the $6.50 pricing is not applicable for delivery.

Swiss Chalet’s Metro Vancouver locations are:

  • 3860 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
  • 110-2105 Hawkin Street, Port Coquitlam
  • 7488 King George Highway, Surrey

They also operate locations in B.C. in Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Victoria.

“Swiss Chalet is honoured to be celebrating its 65th anniversary with Canadians,” said Frank Hennessey CEO of Recipe Unlimited in a media release. “We couldn’t have reached this milestone without our loyal customers and wanted them to take part in this very special occasion.”

This article has been updated from a previously published version with a correction regarding the availability of delivery.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom