Where to Get Mother-Clucking Fried Chicken in Atlanta

Pan fried chicken from The Farmhouse at Serenbe.

Buckhead Diner

Unless you're on a road trips through a rural area, diners are oftentimes overlooked among a selection of sleek city eateries. And while both the exterior and interior appeal of Atlanta’s Buckhead Diner is one of true diner authenticity, it is a culinary experience that surpasses all others in its category.

Take for example the signature warm Maytag blue cheese chips. At $8.95, the chips are made from fresh potatoes, cut thick by hand before fried to a crunch and drizzled with a white warm cheese sauce and then sprinkled with chunks of blue cheese. Oh, and how about four white truffle deviled eggs (for $6.50) dressed in shallot mayo that smells of truffle oil the moment contact is made with your palate?

Further defying old-school thoughts of the classic diner, the $8.95 Tuscan kale salad with shaved fennel, Gala apple, dried cranberries, and toasted almonds tossed in a caramel-rich cider vinaigrette is a health-conscious combination of tender, savory, and sweet that's worthy of a solo performance.

But the show-stopper is the fried chicken. It's served on Wednesdays and Sundays only, and chef Charles Schwab pan-fries his chicken to include an airline breast off the bone, split in half, that’s been brined and buttermilk-dipped, then slow fried to a golden brown crunch. At $18.50 for the entrée, it’s worth every lick of your fingers!

Seal the deal with their lusciously creamy, flaky crusted "Famous James Beard Award Winning" white chocolate banana cream pie ($7.50). Or take advantage of the peaches and cream custard ($7.25) made from preserved Georgia peaches, a vanilla custard too fresh tasting to be anything but homemade, accompanied by a huge brown sugar shortbread cookie that was buttery, dense, crumbly, salted, and not overly sweetened.

Last But Not Least

If you should miss next summer’s third annual Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival, be sure and stop by Ron Eyester’s restaurant, Rosebud. Located in the very residential community of Morningside, the joint is jumping with a deluge of patrons coming and going to experience the delight of "His Chicken-Excellence."

Brunch menu highlights include crisp and tender Point Judith Calamari ($11) with a fresh, non-greasy taste and a lemon pepper aioli. Have you ever had corn muffins that taste like cake? Eyester’s $6 sweet corn muffins do! At $9, cured salmon tartare is a molded and seasoned round of fish lifted by the added freshness of cucumbers and scallions and a mustard crème fraîche to add that special touch of exotic love. Brunch corn dogs are breakfast sausage links breaded and fried with a corn cake type of batter and served with truffle honey mustard for dipping and a side of pickles. But for a grand experience, try placing an order of "Mama's Belgium Waffle," with a side of a fried chicken breast. As with all the chefs mentioned, Eyester uses a fresh and wholesome-tasting breast fried until crispy and seasoned to perfection.

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Finally, there’s Wyatt’s Diner. Its location of 1674 Memorial Dr. in Atlanta, and a phone number of (404) 371-0311 is the best we can give you in terms of contact information. There is no website, and no tables inside for you sit down and eat. But if you act nice when you go in, you’ll come out with some of the best soul food in town! That includes fried chicken, barbecue, greens, potatoes salad, candied yams, and cake made from scratch, all from this always-crowded family-owned business.