While we’re all for eating healthy and counting calories, sometimes nothing satisfies our cravings like some crispy-fried wings served with homestyle sides such as waffles and mashed potatoes. Thankfully, fried chicken is currently enjoying a renaissance in America, with everyone from small town poultry specialists to Thomas Keller offering their take on the crunchy Southern staple. Take a look at Gayot’s best fried chicken restaurants to find the best places to get your drumstick fix from New York City to Memphis, Tennessee.
1. Ad Hoc - Yountville, CA
Thomas Keller's casual ad hoc restaurant in Yountville serves up homey food with a pedigree. Mondays tend to be the busiest night of the week for a reason: the truly divine fried chicken.
2. Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter - New York, NY
A sleek, diminutive comfort food spot deep in New York's East Village, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter will satisfy a number of cravings. New initiates should be obligated to try the crunchy fried free-range chicken.
3. Honey Butter Fried Chicken - Chicago, IL
Chicago's Honey Butter Fried Chicken makes memorable poultry, all salty-sweet and served with honey butter. Expect interesting sides, too, such as sweet potato salad specked with cilantro in lime vinaigrette.
4. Gypsy Soul - Fairfax, VA
Chef RJ Cooper produces eclectic American cooking at Gypsy Soul in Fairfax, Virginia. A section of the menu is dedicated to "Soul Signatures," including his standout Southern fried chicken.
5. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken - Memphis, TN
Locals and tourists flock to Gus's for spicy fried chicken prepared with a secret family recipe. There are several locations in the Southern region, but the downtown Memphis outpost is one of the most popular.
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