Chirpyhut Fried Chicken

Mharie and I are always interested in checking out new fried chicken joints. This particular place had an entry in Vanfoodster's recently completed Chicken Wing Challenge so we thought we would kill 2 chirpy birds with one stone by getting there on the last day of the challenge.
Located in a strip mall right across the street from Canadian Tire, I recall the difficult parking lot from our last visit here when the space was occupied by Zen Q. I seem to remember trying some kind of ice cream monster at the time. Now instead of ice cream, they serve (well, I assume it is new management) fried chicken and pretty well only fried chicken. So we ordered a couple of things to go.
We tried their challenge entry Meteorite Wings. They really have nothing to do with meteorites (which is probably good) but are coloured with cuttlefish ink, not unlike black pasta. This lends nothing to the flavour but is more of a lame gimmick. I can tolerate black pasta but black chicken is more than a little bit off-putting. Ultimately to my amazement, this was the challenge winner both in the media judging and in the public judging. I am not sure how that can possibly be as we have tried the other challenge entries and they were both far superior to these. Not that these were bad wings in any sense and we ordered the spicy which at least gave us a bit of a burn but they were entirely ordinary beyond that.
Next, we had some of their Popcorn Chicken. Why I ordered that we'll never know. Popcorn chicken is really nothing but leftover cut-offs and again, the word that comes to mind is ordinary. Just fine but a little too expensive for what you get.
Again, what was I thinking of, ordering mashed potatoes and gravy? The gravy was ok. Reminded me of Brownies if you remember that place. So our entirely ordinary meal (more of a large snack really) came to something around $24. Not staggered by the value.
They are open for dine-in and seem to be set up for social distancing which is good. They were friendly enough and our order did not take too long. 
Food     2  1/2 out of 5
Service 3 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 out of 5
Value 2 1/2 out of 5

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