Not Into Greasy Buckets of Drumsticks? The Fanciest Fried Chicken Spots Across the Country

Photo: Sweet Chick

We love holidays; any excuse to rationalize eating too much, drinking even more, and wearing too little is definitely something to celebrate. And while there are some American festivities that would probably be better off nixed from the repertoire (see: National Rubber Duckie Day and National Barber Shop Quartet Day), there are other holidays that are just too enticing to ignore. Today, on July 6, America celebrates National Fried Chicken Day, the most fowl holiday of all. So find out where to find the best fried chicken no matter where you are. 

NEW YORK

Sweet Chick: With its Southern American comfort feel, this Bedford Avenue pedestrian-stopper boasts some of the best chicken and waffles in New York. Decked out with country antique-chic decor, this isn’t your everyday modern-yet-rustic Williamsburg attraction. Sweet Chick aims to reinvent the infamous chicken and waffles with options like rosemary-mushroom, walnut-parmesan, or dried cherry. (164 Bedford Ave. at N. 8th St.)
What to order: Sweet Chick Waffle, Biscuits and Gravy, The General

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Photo: Sweet Chick (credit: Lani Lee)

LOS ANGELES

Son of a Gun: Son of a Gun is all you could hope for in a classic seafood joint, minus the Jimmy Buffet and tacky color scheme, plus an LA crowd. Though popular menu items include the lobster roll and shrimp toast sandwich, you can feed your poultry craving with the fried chicken sandwich, complete with spicy B&B pickle slaw and rooster aioli. (8730 W. 3rd St. at S. Orlando Ave.)
What to order: Fried chicken sandwich, crispy brussel sprouts with turnips, cinnamon, peanut and egg.

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Photo: Son of a Gun (credit: T. Tseng)

SAN FRAN

Firefly: Firefly, a cozy neighborhood-style outfit, serves up rich, eccentric food for the soul, like savory cornbread pudding and fried green tomatoes with yellow corn chowder. For the chicken lovers, try the non-Tuesday fried Mary’s chicken with mashed potatoes & gravy, braised romano beans and a “damn fin buttermilk biscuit (or just as fine GF cornbread for the intolerant).” (4288 24th St. at Douglass St.)
What to order: Non-Tuesday fried Mary’s chicken, fried green tomatoes.

CHICAGO

Taus Authentic: Think reclaimed barn wood, Edison bulb chandeliers, fireplaces, and veal cheek served “pot-au-feu.” Though this classy and cozy establishment serves mostly modern French cuisine, there’s still a place for the “amant de poulet” with Aunt Reba’s Fried Chicken, topped with lemon honey butter, smoked bacon green beans, and corn bread. (1846 W. Division St. at N. Marion Ct.)
What to order: Aunt Reba’s Fried Chicken, Cavatelli

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Photo: Taus Authentic

MIAMI

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar: This southern-style restaurant and bar brings all the birds to the yard with its ½ ’27-hour’ free-range chicken recipe, complete with spicy Tabasco honey. Or for the more adventurous, try the Chicken N’ Watermelon N’ Waffles, dressed in hot sauce honey, bourbon maple syrup, and chilled spiced watermelon. (1600 Lenox Ave. at 16th St.)
What to order: Llewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken.

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Photo: Yardbird

LAS VEGAS

Honey Salt: A cozy, family style farm-to-table kind of place, Honey Salt gives customers an extravagantly simple dining experience. But while the rustic décor and plush, colorful seating makes you feel like you’re dining in the comfort of your own kitchen, this isn’t your mama’s cooking; try the Briloxi Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, complete with creamy slaw, house durkee’s dressing, a brioche bun, and a caesar salad on the side. (1031 S. Rampart Blvd.)
What to order: Briloxi Fried Chicken Sandwich, crispy squash blossoms

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