From the crispy golden crust to the tender and juicy meat inside, fried chicken is a staple in American cuisine. Every region has its unique spin on this classic dish. Here’s our ranking of the best cities for fried chicken lovers:
Nashville’s legendary hot chicken—a spicy, crispy delight—has garnered fans from all over. Places like Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B’s have long queues of both locals and tourists vying for a taste.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Creole and Cajun influences give New Orleans fried chicken a distinct flavor. Institutions like Willie Mae’s Scotch House serve up plates that many swear are the best they’ve ever had.
Southern comfort defines Atlanta’s fried chicken scene. With spots like Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and Mary Mac’s Tea Room, you’re in for a treat.
The Bluegrass State knows its chicken. Joella’s Hot Chicken and Royals Hot Chicken offer varieties that range from mild to tear-inducing spicy.
Another Tennessee gem, Memphis offers traditional Southern fried chicken with its special twist. Establishments like Uncle Lou’s and Gus’s have won over many a heart.
Charleston, South Carolina
A city rich in history and culinary tradition, Charleston’s fried chicken often features a perfectly seasoned batter. Head to places like Martha Lou’s Kitchen for an unforgettable experience.
Los Angeles, California
While not traditionally known for fried chicken, LA’s diverse culinary scene has led to fusion innovations like Korean fried chicken, available in joints like Kyochon and Howlin’ Rays.
Blending Southern tradition with Texan flair, Houston boasts places like Frenchy’s Chicken, which has been serving spicy Creole-inspired chicken for decades.
Chicago’s Harold’s Chicken Shack is an institution in itself, offering succulent fried chicken with a unique Chicago twist.