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The Best Fried Chicken in Every State You Must Taste


Sure, you know you can get great fried chicken in the South or in Harlem. But what if you’re in, say, the Midwest, or California? Not to worry—there’s plenty of fried chicken your way, too. Our friends at Yelp have created a list of the best fried chicken in every state, so you’ll never have to go without that salty, crunchy goodness.

To come up with the list, Yelp looked at restaurant reviews that mentioned fried chicken, then chose the best spot in each state using “a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning ‘fried chicken.’” So you can rest assured that each spot on this list comes with reviews from real people. And almost every spot on this list is open for either dine-in or carryout options, so you can enjoy your food any way you like. Your dinner plans are solved! (And for more, here are 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.)

fried chicken sandwich from saws soul kitchen birmingham alabama

This isn’t just any fried chicken sandwich—it’s a sweet tea fried chicken sandwich. And if you’re bringing the kids along, there are even sweet tea chicken tenders on the kids’ menu. Yum.

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plate of fried chicken with potato salad and collard greens

At Roscoe’s, you can get a delicious plate of ribs or a crispy order of fried chicken. “Best fried chicken in town, hands down,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. We’re sold.

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Yelp’s top chicken restaurant in Arkansas, Cathead’s Diner in Little Rock, has closed. But we think Monte Ne Inn Chicken looks just as delicious.

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“This spot should be in every travel guide,” wrote one enthusiastic Yelp reviewer. “Best fried chicken I ever had. So juicy, crispy & delicious.”

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Delicious Southern food, right in Los Angeles? Yes, please! “Hands down, best Southern food in the valley,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. “Their fried chicken was perfection.”

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fried chicken biscuit sandwich with gravy

Fried chicken and biscuits sound like the perfect combination to us! You can even order a biscuit sandwich for the best of both worlds.

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plate of fried chicken with mac and cheese and collard greens

The fried chicken sandwich is the thing to get here! Or, go for the “church plate,” which features classic Southern sides. You’ll leave full and happy, no matter what you order.

fried chicken breast with broccoli and coleslaw

“The best fried chicken—so juicy and crispy,” one Yelp reviewer wrote of this Delaware spot. “The biscuits were incredible, the coleslaw and potato salad were delicious. Friendly staff and great service.” Now, that’s what we like to hear!

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Unlike many of the other places on this list, The Hangar Bay Cafe & Gallery isn’t a Southern restaurant. Instead, it’s a Japanese ramen spot; both the noodles and the fried chicken will rock your world.

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“Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is the exact definition of Southern Hospitality,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. “Aside from the wonderful customer service, the food was spectacular.” You can’t beat a restaurant that has true Southern charm!

plate of fried chicken with french fries

This spot is known for its unique, colorful pasta flavors (avocado pasta, anyone), as well as for its short ribs and fried chicken. There’s something for everyone on this menu!

fried chicken sandwich with home fries

If you’re in the Post Falls area, check out the Twice-Fried Chicken Sandwich at this casual spot. You can order your chicken Southern or Korean-style—it’s the best of both worlds!

plate of fried chicken with creamed corn

You might not expect to find great fried chicken at this trendy, new American spot, but prepare to be surprised! Plus, the fried chicken is served with creamed corn, and many Yelpers rave about the side dish, too.

plate of fried chicken with cucumber slices and dipping sauce

The fried chicken and tandoori chicken tenders are the things to try at this halal spot. Don’t forget to add on a side of garlic naan, too!

fried chicken sandwich with side salad

Everything at this Southern spot is delicious—don’t miss the homemade desserts! Try the chicken and waffles, and if you’re feeling decadent, add on a side of pimento mac and cheese.

korean fried chicken wings with sauce in basket

If you’re looking for Korean fried chicken, you need to check this place out. “If you’ve never tried Korean fried chicken, this is a great place to start to understand the love for this crispy and saucy dish,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. We’re in!

fried chicken biscuit sandwich

Southern biscuits and spicy pickles to go along with your fried chicken? Biscuit Belly has all the comfort food you could ask for!

plate of fried chicken with rice and beans and cornbread

You can’t go wrong with anything at this Cajun restaurant (and if you don’t eat chicken, the blackened fish is to-die-for, too). Don’t forget to add on a side of red beans and rice to complete your meal!

plate of korean fried chicken

At this Korean BBQ spot, you can enjoy a nice order of Korean fried chicken, too. Don’t miss the spicy cucumber salad to punch up your meal.

fried chicken steamed bun sandwich on tray

This Asian fusion spot has delicious steamed buns. And for any vegetarian pals who might be tagging along on your visit, there are tofu nuggets, too. And also see List of Foods That Glow Your Skin Naturally

plate of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and coleslaw

The fried chicken at this New American spot is served with mashed potatoes and coleslaw for a slightly more upscale take on the classic comfort food.

plate of fried chicken with mason jars of water

With a dish called “Nana’s Fried Chicken,” can you really go wrong? This eatery lives up to its name, with all the juicy, crispy fried chicken you can handle.

plate of fried chicken livers

You’ve had fried chicken, but have you had fried chicken livers? Don’t shy away from trying this Southern delicacy at Revival. Your taste buds will thank you.

fried chicken sandwich with cucumber salad and mac and cheese

The name of this restaurant is straightforward, and so are the comfort food eats you’ll find on the menu.

NOTE: Southern is temporarily closed and will reopen June 14, 2021.

fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese

Sit down and get comfortable at this laid-back diner! Expect to order classic sides like cornbread and mac and cheese to go with your fried chicken.

plate of fried chicken with dipping sauces

“Hands down, best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my entire life. This place unseated my last number one by a country mile,” wrote one Yelp reviewer. Sounds perfect to us!

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In addition to serving incredible fried chicken, Block 16 serves poutine and even poutine burritos. How many places in America can say that?

chicken and waffles with watermelon slice

Planning a visit to Las Vegas? Don’t miss this Southern restaurant! The smoked pork belly is legendary, as are the chicken and waffles.

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Yelp didn’t include an entry for New Hampshire in its list, but we think this Hampton spot looks like the perfect place to grab some fried chicken. Enjoy a plate of chicken and waffles for breakfast, or order a “chicken plate dinner” for the perfect end to your day.

plate of fried chicken with mac and cheese

This homey Atlantic City restaurant lives up to its name. “Talk about comfort food, this place will transport your tastebuds to the South,” wrote one Yelp reviewer.

plate of spicy fried chicken

“This place has nailed down the magic process to produce the perfect fried chicken. Add a red chile-infused oil and it’s beyond amazing,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. If you’re a fan of spicy chicken, Nexus Brewery is a must-visit.

plate of korean fried chicken

This Korean spot has delicious fried chicken and kimchi fried rice to go with it. “I’m wiping my eyes from the spice and then going in for another bite. I was experiencing that next level where all the cars on the street were gone, like in The Devil’s Advocate. It was just me & the chicken,” wrote one Yelper. Now that’s an informative review!

plate of fried chicken with vegetables and gravy

“Loved it! Best fried chicken ever!” one Yelp reviewer wrote. You can’t argue with that!

fried chicken sandwich with french fries

Try the Buff Bird sandwich at this casual joint. Expect to leave full!

fried chicken biscuit sandwich with gravy and bacon

If you love biscuit sandwiches, you need to visit this Ohio spot. Try the fried chicken sandwich, topped with bacon and gravy, for a truly decadent meal.

fried chicken sandwich from nashbird oklahoma

As the restaurant name suggests, Nashbird specializes in hot chicken. Add on a side of hot mac and cheese for extra spice.

plate of chicken and waffles with syrup

Stop by this Southern spot for fried chicken, and make sure to grab a side of praline bacon, too.

fried chicken wings

Korean fried chicken is the name of the game at this Pittsburgh spot. Don’t miss the cheese wontons, too.

fried chicken sandwich with mac and cheese

“I had heard good things, but come on! Really this is good chicken, I mean really, really good chicken. Like the kind of chicken I am thinking about days after eating it,” one Yelp reviewer wrote of this Newport spot.

fried chicken sandwich with fries

You need to get a chicken sandwich (try the Boxcar Sandwich with pimiento cheese!) at this casual sandwich spot, but don’t miss the Pecan Pie in a Cup, either.

fried chicken sandwich with fries

Vietnamese fried chicken and curried cauliflower are just two of the things you’ll find on the menu at this Sioux Falls spot. There’s a beer bar, too!

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Fried chicken and cinnamon apples sound like the perfect meal from this Southern spot.

fried chicken with biscuit and mashed potatoes

korean fried chicken topped with jalapeno slices

Chickqueen is another Korean fried chicken spot. You can’t go wrong with the honey garlic chicken wings.

plated fried chicken

“Killer beer selection, killer burgers, killer fried chicken,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. It sounds like whatever you order will be delicious!

plate of korean fried chicken

Try the fried chicken wings or curry chicken wings at this Korean spot! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

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This Cajun spot is the perfect place to pick up a brisket sandwich or a plate of fried chicken. Finish off your meal with coconut tiramisu!

plate of fried chicken with fries coleslaw and ketchup

This casual brunch spot is the perfect place to get classics like fried chicken or blackened salmon.

“We always look for new quality restaurants, and we hit the jackpot with Rossy’s,” wrote one Yelp reviewer. “It is right off the main road, Rolling Springs Road, and quaint-looking from outside. However, when you walk in, it is sparkling clean, beautiful, warm, and welcoming!” An ambiance that matches the delicious food? We’re sold.

two pieces of fried chicken

This trendy, new American spot serves an upscale take on fried chicken. Try one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, too.

fried chicken with coleslaw

“Really great nachos, and absolutely amazing fried chicken,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. Customers rave about the fish and chips, too.

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