America's 10 Best Fried Chicken Spots
Chef/owner of Seoul Chicken in New York's lower east side, Chaz Brown, shows you how to make the perfect chicken wing, using his double fried technique.
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Can you really go wrong with fried chicken? Perhaps not. However, you can certainly go very, very right with it, as these institutions, from New York City to Los Angeles, deliciously prove. Here are the 10 best fried chicken spots in America — the top 10 winners from our most recent list of America’s 75 Best Fried Chicken Spots.
To come up with our comprehensive ranking, we started with a shortlist of nearly 100 fried chicken-serving establishments, from Seattle to Miami, and asked our panel of food — and especially Southern food or fried chicken — experts to vote on the best fried chicken spots in various geographic areas. To read more about our methodology, click here.
Let’s talk about what makes good fried chicken. As Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival and author of Fried & True: More than 50 Recipes for America's Best Fried Chicken, puts it, “I always look for something that’s perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside.” Dominique Love, founder of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, says: “Perfect fried chicken will burst with juicy flavors. If you don’t have to wipe juice from your chin, then your chicken missed the mark.”
At these fried chicken institutions, you’ll definitely have some juice to wipe.
#10 Ad Hoc/Addendum, Yountville, Calif.
You can always count on Thomas Keller for excellent food, and the fried chicken at Ad Hoc, in Yountville, California, is no exception. At Ad Hoc, every weeknight has a special menu, and while spectacular food is always a given, customers disproportionately requested reservations for fried chicken night. So Keller did everybody a favor and opened Addendum, which serves boxed lunches to go Thursdays through Saturdays. The most popular option? You guessed it.
#9 Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, Multiple Locations in California
This late-night spot, originally located in Hollywood, has been serving up fried chicken and waffles since 1975 — when owner and Harlem-bred Herb Hudson brought some recipes from home to the West Coast — and has since expanded into a small local chain of restaurants. The list of celebrity diners is endless (which is no surprise, considering its Los Angeles locale), but regulars include Snoop Dogg and Larry King; even President Obama made a pit stop at Roscoe’s during a visit to Los Angeles. The chicken is fried fresh to order, and make sure to ask for your waffles to be cooked extra-crispy to avoid potential sogginess. Roscoe’s has been mentioned in movies like Rush Hour and Swingers, as well as in a Ludacris song, and their fried chicken has earned praised from LA Weekly and The New York Times.