If KFC is the closest you’ve gotten to tasting fried chicken, consider yourself challenged to try these five excellent fried chicken joints. There’s always baked, grilled, broiled and boiled. But everyone’s favorite type of chicken is fried, because I mean, it’s fried. I’m sure you have your local favorite joint to get your chicken fix, but put these on your bucket list the next time you want top-shelf yardbird.
1. Willie Mae’s Scotch House (New Orleans, Louisiana)
As soon as you hit the homepage, you’ll see the declarative statement “America’s Best Fried Chicken” right there for yo’ eyeballs. And for good reason: Willie Mae’s is simply a legendary spot in NOLA and beyond. Not only do they have a history worth reading about, but the restaurant keeps that history alive by giving customers and outsiders a reason to come back for more.
2. Ezell’s (Seattle, Washington)
Obviously, Oprah’s favorite makes it to our top three. Probably because as their slogan states: they’re “fresh, good, and fast.” Honestly, with Oprah’s schedule, what more could you want? I’ll have what she’s having.
3. Hattie B’s (Nashville, TN)
Shut the cluck up (their words, not mine) because imma need to talk about Hattie B’s for a hot second. This family-run Nashville joint has people road tripping down South just for their hot fried chicken, pickles, and iced tea combo. Leave room for dessert, because you’re going to want to try their banana pudding.
6. Gladys Knight’s Signature Chicken & Waffles
Get here early on the weekends to avoid the wait because your mouth will already be watering at the thought of entering Atlanta’s famous Gladys Knight’s for their signaturechicken & waffles.
8. Honey’s Kettle (Culver City, California)
Cooked in peanut oil using “nutritionally superior” chicken as noted by the owners, Honey’s Kettle in downtown LA has a taste you’ll remember. It’s comfort food without the guilt and grease.