Funky Fried Chicken

From Kerala style to Turkish, honey butter to hot sauce, these are the spots chefs go for crispy fried chicken. Dig in to discover where to get some in your city.

July 15, 2014 ● 5 min read


The Kerala-style fried chicken from Cardamom Hill is "on another level" says chef Jay Swift (4th & Swift) and is "the best damn fried chicken in the ATL, period" according to chef Todd Richards (The Shed at Glenwood).


Chef James Holmes has the fried chicken scene covered in Austin with his "picnic style" fried chicken at Olivia and "Ad Hoc like" fried chicken from Lucy's, a favorite of chef Rene Ortiz (Fresa's Chicken al Carbon).


Chef Ana Sourton's Turkish inspired sesame fried chicken at Sarma is "off the hinges" according to chef Barbra Lynch (No. 9 Park).


Both chefs David Posey (Blackbird) and Jason Hammel (Nightwood) go to Honey Butter Fried Chicken to get their fried chicken fix, saying it's "juicy and crispy" and a "breakaway hit."


Chef Kent Rathbun (Abacus) loves the fried chicken from Babe's Chicken Dinner House so much that he "went there for Easter Sunday."


The fried chicken at Punch Bowl Social is the "best hangover cure ever," says chef Jenna Johansen (Epicurean Catering).


The fried chicken at Cafe Duck Butt is "delicious," says chef Sheldon Simeon (MiGRANT).


The fried chicken at Haven takes chef Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar) back to the days when she would "sit in her great-grandma's kitchen and inhale's that good."

Las Vegas:

Fried whole chicken from Soyo is where chef Sam DeMarco gets his fried chicken fix round the clock—they "put out the goods until 4am."

Los Angeles:

The herbed fried chicken at Farmshop is "worth driving across town for," says chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) and is also a favorite of chef Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City).


There is "nothing ordinary" about the fried chicken at Michy's says chef Dena Marino (MC Kitchen), particularly how it makes chef Dewey LoSasso feel like "Scarlett from Gone with the Wind."


Chef Derek Dammann (Maison Publique) says the fried chicken at Dinette Triple Crown is best enjoyed "in a picnic basket to eat in the park."


Chef Kelly McCown (Goose & Gander) says The Q Restaurant & Bar "has it all" including his favorite Sunday Fried Chicken Dinner.

New Orleans:

Racking up a whopping seven chef recommendations, the fried chicken at Willie Mae's Scotch House is obviously the place to go. 

New York:

Chef Gavin Kaysen (former executive chef of Café Boulud) says the fried chicken at Momofuku Noodle Bar is chef David Chang's "best-kept secret."


Four of Philly's top chefs agree that the fried chicken from Michael Solomonov's Federal Donuts just cannot be matched. 


The Draper Valley fried chicken at Ivring Street Kitchen is like a "warm hug from Grandma, who just had a good day in the kitchen" says chef Ken Forkish (Ken's Artisan Bakery).

San Francisco:

The dry fry chicken at San Tung has quite the reputation in San Francisco for being "irresistible" "addictive" and is even referred to as "crack wings."


Chef Kamala Saxton (Marination Mobile) says the fried chicken at Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey is her "favorite" and suggests diners don't "miss out" on the kimchi it comes with.


"Who doesn't love fried chicken?" asks chef David Lee (Nota Bene) and says The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder's fried chicken dinner is "the most crispy and moist fried chicken" around.

Washington DC:

Chef Anthony Lombardo (1798) likes the fried chicken and waffles at Birch & Barley so much he says he "usually eats a double portion."