Special Report

These Are the Best Fried Chicken Places in America

Old Country Store
> Location: Lorman, Mississippi
> Rating: 4.5

According to the website NatchezTraceTravel, “People travel for hours to partake of {the} ‘Heavenly Fried Chicken'” at this rustic establishment northeast of Natchez, originally opened as, yes, a country store in 1875. The chicken is the star of the all-you-can-eat buffet, served daily from 10 a.m. to early evening. TV food personality Alton Brown has visited, and he says that the only fried chicken he’ll eat is his own or the one served here.

Source: Peck Peck Korean Fried Chicken via Facebook

Peck Peck Korean Fried Chicken
> Location: Teaneck, New Jersey
> Rating: 4.5

“We’re a small mom & pop shop with a very big dream,” announces the Peck Peck website. The wings are an assortment of wingettes and drumettes, and there are also drumstick combos (which adds legs to the wings), chicken tenders, and two chicken salads. The chicken comes in three flavors: salt and pepper, soy garlic, and sweet and spicy.

Source: Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack via Facebook

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack
> Location: Asheville, North Carolina
> Rating: 4.5

Paying “homage to ‘Nashville style’ hot chicken and southern soul food” (according to its website) Rocky’s serves various chicken combinations in eight degrees of heat, from plain to extra hot. Wings and chicken and waffles are also on the menu, as are grilled and rotisserie chicken and chicken pot pie. There is a second location in Arden, just south of Asheville, and an offshoot in Greenville, South Carolina, is in the works. Rocky’s is currently open only for pickup and delivery.

Roscoe’s House of Chicken N Waffles
> Location: Los Angeles, California
> Rating: 4

The soul-food combination of chicken and waffles is said to have been invented at Wells Supper Club in Harlem in the late 1930s. Harlem native Herb Hudson brought the concept to L.A. in 1975 (there are now eight Southern California locations). Not all the offerings involve waffles, by any means (the Oscar, for instance, is three chicken wings, grits, one egg, and a biscuit), but chicken and waffles is definitely what President Obama had when he visited Roscoe’s in 2011.

Source: Royals Hot Chicken via Facebook

Royals Hot Chicken
> Location: Louisville, Kentucky
> Rating: 4.5

Fried chicken tenders (either as a plate or in taco form), two sandwiches (fried chicken and fried chicken salad), and chicken-tender-enriched kale salad and mac & cheese are the fare served here. Spice levels stretch from no-heat Classic Fried to Gonzo. There’s a second Royals in Louisville besides this Market Street location, as well as one in suburban Jeffersontown, Kentucky.