Special Report

The 30 Best Fried Chicken Places In America

Source: Photo by Krysha M. via Yelp

Dirty Bird
> Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
> Rating: 4.5

You’ll have to wait 15 minutes for your order at this unprepossessing-looking counter-service place, as its fried chicken — sold in two-, four-, and six-piece boxes in various combinations of pieces — is made to order. If the boxes won’t do the trick, there are also eight-, 12-, and 20-piece buckets. Chicken tenders and chicken and waffles are also on the menu, as are eight different fried chicken sandwiches.

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GG’s Southern Kitchen
> Location: Valdosta, Georgia
> Rating: 4.5

The lead item on the short menu at this casual spot in southern Georgia — which promises “home cooking done right” — is fried chicken, served with two side dishes and cornbread or crackling bread. Yelp reviewers love the sides and the “lightly battered, moist and delicious” fried chicken, which gets high marks on the site. According to a reviewer, “Fried chicken not loaded with grease, same delicate seasoning permeating deeply through the meat.”

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
> Location: Memphis, Tennessee
> Rating: 4.5

Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt and his wife, Maggie, started selling fried chicken out the back door of a tavern in Mason, Tennessee, northeast of Memphis, in 1953. They opened a restaurant in the community 20 years later. Na’s son Vernon “Gus” Bonner inherited the place and renamed it for himself, and in 2001, with his blessing, a longtime customer of Bonner’s launched this Memphis offshoot, now one of two in the city. The Mason establishment is still in business, but there are a total of 30 locations around the country, from New Orleans to Chicago to L.A. Chicken plates include baked beans, slaw, and white bread.

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Hattie B’s Chicken – Midtown
> Location: Nashville, Tennessee
> Rating: 4.5

Hattie B’s offers counter-service fried chicken at three locations in the town where the hot chicken craze started — Nashville — plus one each in Memphis; Atlanta; Las Vegas; and Birmingham, Alabama. Heat levels here range from “Southern (no heat)” to “Shut the cluck up!!! (burn notice).” The Midtown/Broadway location in Nashville gets the most praise from Yelpers.

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Honey Butter Fried Chicken
> Location: Chicago, Illinois
> Rating: 4

The menu here — currently available for pickup and delivery only — offers humanely raised fried chicken, served boneless (except for the drumsticks), with corn muffins and honey butter on the side. Eight house-made dipping sauces are available, including blue cheese and candied jalapeño mayo. There are also four variations on the chicken sandwich theme.