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The Best Fried Chicken In America And Beyond

Fried Chicken at Guss Fried Chicken in Memphis
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We didn’t intend to eat fried chicken in four American time zones and then take our poultry passion global. It happened organically because WE LOVE FRIED CHICKEN.

This love isn’t limited to traditional southern fried chicken. We also love eating fried chicken between two slices of bread, with donuts and on top of waffles. We love it hot out of the fryer and we love it hot and spicy. We love it at sit down fried chicken restaurants and at down and dirty dives. We love it all.

Lunch for Two at Mr. Thinh in Da Nang Vietnam
We ate this excellent fried chicken on top of a repurposed tire in Vietnam. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

But how did it all begin? Mindi grew up eating fried chicken at restaurants like The Colonnade and Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta. As for Daryl, he got his first tastes at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes and local spots like the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. It wasn’t long after we met in 2006 that we discovered our shared affinity for the golden brown bird.

Our mutual fried chicken obsession has motivated us to make crazy detours during our travels, while other times we’ve fortuitously bumped into great fried chicken more through luck than by pluck. After consuming many crispy calories, we’ve become fried chicken connoisseurs.

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Lunch at Four Way in Memphis
Fried chicken, okra and a corn muffin are three southern foods that taste better together. We ate this tasty trio at The Four Way in Memphis. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While the American south is a mecca for fried chicken fans, it’s not the only place to eat great fried chicken in the USA. And, as we discovered while traveling around the globe for three years, it’s also not the only place in the world to eat tasty fried chicken.

If you’re wondering where to find the best fried chicken in America, it’s time to expand your horizons to include other countries as well as continents beyond North America. After much reflection and a whole lot of good eating, we’re ready to present our picks for where to eat the best fried chicken in the world.

Traditional Southern Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken at Als Chickenette in Kansas
We detoured to eat traditional fried chicken at Al’s Chickenette during a cross-country US road trip. The temple to fried chicken was a fixture in Hays, Kansas for 70+ years before it closed in 2020. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

With a history that includes settlers from Scotland, slaves from West Africa and a Kentucky businessman who called himself a colonel, traditional southern fried chicken is an American food favorite with a ‘juicy’ past that spans centuries. And, while it’s fair to say that southern Americans have perfected this particular culinary art, it’s not just available in the south.

After eating America’s best fried chicken in multiple cities both above and below the Mason-Dixon line, we’re partial to the following southern cities when we suffer from fried chicken cravings:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Fried Chicken at Willie Maes Scotch House in New Orleans
We at this fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans. The casual restaurant has been recognized by James Beard for its culinary excellence. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

New Orleans is one of the greatest food cities in the USA thanks to Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo and jambalaya, great American sandwiches like po boys and muffalettas and desserts like beignets and bananas foster. But these aren’t the only great things to eat at New Orleans restaurants since soul food plays a pivotal role in the local food scene.

At Dooky Chase’s and Willie Mae Scotch House in the Tremé neighborhood, a new generation is cooking up standards like collard greens and mac & cheese in addition to red beans and rice on Mondays. They’re also frying some of the city’s best chicken.

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Fried Chicken at Coops in New Orleans
Willie Mae’s isn’t the only NOLA restaurant with great fried chicken. We ate this GBD fried bird at Coop’s Place in the French Quarter. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We were happy to walk to Tremé in our quest to eat the dish dubbed “America’s Best Fried Chicken” and equally happy to burn off a few calories after our mission was accomplished. Living up to a worldwide reputation perpetuated by acolytes like the late Anthony Bourdain, Willie Mae’s chicken managed to be simultaneously crispy and slightly salty on the outside and moist and super juicy on the inside.

Willie Mae’s Scotch House and its neighbor Dooky Chase’s have limited hours, but they’re not the only fried chicken places in town. Located in the heart of the fabled French Quarter, Coop’s Place serves outrageously tasty Cajun fried chicken to go with its popular jambalaya. This deep bench of fried chicken options should be no surprise – NOLA is the city where the Popeyes fried chicken chain started after all.

Where To Find Southern Fried Chicken In New Orleans
Coop’s Place, Dooky Chase’s and Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Fried Chicken at Four Way in Memphis
Eating this fried chicken at The Four Way in Memphis was better for our souls than our arteries. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Memphis is a city that beckons food travelers due to its plethora of barbecue joints while music lovers are drawn to Graceland. We wanted to experience both during our inaugural visit to Tennessee’s Bluff City.

While we accomplished our BBQ and Elvis goals, we accomplished a bonus goal as well. Once we figured out that Memphis chefs excel at frying chicken in addition to creating world-famous wet and dry barbecue, we made a point to sample southern fried chickden at two notable Memphis eateries.

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Fried Chicken at Guss Fried Chicken in Memphis
Lines queue at Gus’s World Famous Chicken for heaping plates of fried chicken and other southern specialties. We ate this selection at the downtown Memphis location. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

The Four Way has a fascinating history that pre-dates the Civil Rights movement. A safe place for multi-racial dignitaries to dine together during volatile times, the restaurant served fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, fried catfish, turnip greens, boiled okra, mac & cheese and peach cobbler to the likes of Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes and Martin Luther King. After eating all of these things, we loved the restaurant’s crispy fried chicken most of all.

Open since 1953 in nearby Mason, Tennessee, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken didn’t arrive in Memphis until decades after The Four Way made its mark in history. Making up for lost time, the popular restaurant sells a prodigious amount of spicy fried chicken, sweet baked beans and coleslaw. After waiting in line, we sampled it all plus mac & cheese and chess cake for good measure.

Where To Eat Southern Fried Chicken In Memphis
The Four Way and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Hot Chicken

Hot Chicken at Pepperfire in Nashville
Cayenne pepper adds the heat to hot chicken. We ate this appropriately ‘hot’ hot chicken at Pepperfire in Nashville. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Hot chicken takes southern fried chicken to new levels on the heat chart. Flavored with cayenne pepper, this fried chicken variation isn’t for the weak of heart. But, if you can handle the heat, it’s a must-eat in Nashville where it was invented as well as wherever else it appears on the menu.

In case you can’t tell, we like hot chicken. These are our favorite cities when we want to spice up our fried chicken experience:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Hot Chicken at Princes in Nashville
We ate this hot chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville where the dish was invented. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Eating hot chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville is like channeling history. Crowds have been tingling their taste buds with here dish for almost a century.

Thornton Prince started serving Hot Chicken with a recipe that he developed with his brothers. Decades later and at a new location on Nashville’s south side, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is the Nashville Hot Chicken standard-bearer with a recipe that includes no buttermilk and plenty of cayenne pepper.

But Prince’s isn’t the only hot chicken restaurant in Nashville…

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Hot Chicken at Pepperfire in Nashville
The fried okra made our hot chicken haul healthy-ish. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Tennessee’s Music City doesn’t just have numerous music clubs. It also has numerous hot chicken restaurants with each adding its own twist. Some replace chicken with fish. Others add additional spices and peppers beyond cayenne. Then there are ones that serve hot chicken with manhattans and other bourbon cocktails.

We recommend starting your Nashville hot chicken exploration at Prince’s Hot Chicken to taste the original version flavored from ‘plain’ all the way to ‘xxx hot’. Then go to newer hot chicken specialists to find your favorite. Depending on your commitment level and capsaicin tolerance, your crawl can range from three to ten stops.

Where To Eat Hot Chicken In Nashville
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Pepperfire Hot Chicken and Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Hot Chicken at Hot Chicken Takeover in Columbus
Ohio has joined the hot chicken craze. We ate this fine version at Hot Chicken Takeover in Columbus. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Hot chicken may have roots in Nashville but the concept has caught on in cities near and far. Memphis is an obvious second city to eat hot chicken. However, Columbus gets our vote for tasty hot chicken beyond Tennessee. If this sounds odd, hear us out…

As Ohio’s capital city and the home of Ohio State University, Columbus’ food choices transcend buckeye candy and pub grub. Options include international cuisines as well as American classics like barbecue, lobster rolls and hot chicken.

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While crowds flock to Columbus’s North Market, those in the know head upstairs to eat hot chicken at Hot Chicken Takeover. Those really in the know arrive early for a full election of double deep fried chicken and sweet yet savory banana pudding.

Served Nashville-style over white bread and with pickles, this hot chicken is the real deal. You’ll know what we mean once you try flavorful drumsticks (featuring two heat levels for the daring – hot and holy) and add sides like coleslaw and mac & cheese.

Where To Eat Hot Chicken In Columbus
Hot Chicken Takeover

Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken Sandwich at Flock and Fowl in Las Vegas
We at this excellent fried chicken sandwich at Flock and Fowl in Las Vegas. Sadly, the flock left the building (i.e. closed) in late 2020. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Created during a time when fried chicken was considered a healthy alternative to artery-clogging beef despite the calories, fried chicken sandwiches have become a staple of the American diet. In reality, they’re far from healthy. But everybody needs a treat once in a while. Right?!

After eating fried chicken sandwiches at fast food chains like Chic-fil-A and Shake Shack, we spread our wings to find bigger and better sandwiches. These are some of our favorites spots for biting into sandwiches filled with crispy fried chicken and other tasty bits:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Federal Donuts in Philadelphia
This fried chicken sandwich at Federal Donuts was photo-worthy. It was also delicious. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Philadelphia is famous for sandwiches. With a famous trifecta that includes cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches and hoagies, the city has even more up its sleeves. The best of the rest include bagels with lox, falafels, banh mi and (you guessed it) fried chicken sandwiches.

Fried chicken sandwiches aren’t new to Philly – the city has its fair share of Popeyes and KFC outlets. But Federal Donuts upped the city’s fried chicken sandwich game in 2015 when it elevated its popular sandwich to permanent status.

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Chicken Sandwich and Donut at Federal Donuts in Philadelphia
This fried chicken sandwich and donut were a match made in comfort food heaven. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

When it opened in 2011, Federal Donuts just had three things on its menu – donuts, coffee and twice-fried Korean-style fried chicken. The step from fried chicken in a basket to fried chicken inside a Martin’s potato roll was logical. Adding American cheese, buttermilk ranch seasoning, spicy sauce and pickles was ingenious.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken Sandwiches In Philadelphia
Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Chicken Sandwich at Craft Kitchen in Las Vegas Nevada
Fried chicken sandwiches are excellent conduits for other ingredients. This one at Las Vegas’ CRAFTKitchen hosted applewood smoked bacon, pepperdew peppers, pepper jack cheese and chipotle aioli. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Las Vegas is the kind of the city where you can find almost any food at any time of the day. It only makes sense that the city has a wide selection of fried chicken sandwiches in its food arsenal .

We ate two excellent fried chicken sandwiches during our most recent visit to Sin City. While popular Flock and Fowl closed in late 2020, CRAFTKitchen is still going strong in its Off the Strip location.

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We ate a fried chicken sammy with layers of free range chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, pepperdew peppers, pepper jack cheese and chipotle aioli during our visit. Keeping with the trends, CRAFTKitchen has since changed its menu to offer a Korean fried chicken sandwich instead.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken Sandwiches In Las Vegas

Bucharest, Romania

Mikkeller Fried Chicken Sandwich in Bucharest
Loaded with crisp coleslaw, our fried chicken sandwich at Mikkeller in Bucharest validated that great chicken sandwiches are global. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Although the late Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy claimed credit for inventing the chicken sandwich in 1964, Black cooks were serving fried chicken on rolls for decades before that year. Hot chicken is a prime example.

More than a half-century later, this sandwich has jumped the pond and can be found on menus in countries around the world. We found a fine version on a menu in Bucharest and couldn’t resist ordering it with craft beer.

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Truthfully, we didn’t expect to eat a fried chicken sandwich in Romania’s capital city. But, loaded with kimchi coleslaw and chili ginger mayonnaise, Mikkeller’s spicy fried chicken sandwich was impossible to resist. It was also impossible to not finish. In other words, we ate and enjoyed every bite of our Korean-inspired American sandwich at this Danish brewpub in Romania. Phew.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken Sandwiches In Bucharest
Mikkeller Bucharest

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken Waffle at On Point Bistro in Philadelphia
We ate this ‘Clucker’ with a sweet potato waffle, poached eggs, honey mustard hollandaise sauce and maple syrup at On Point Bistro in Philadelphia. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Chicken and waffles is a dish that blends breakfast and dinner to create a treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. We typically eat this fried chicken variant for brunch.

Not a new fad, food historians trace the combination of chicken and waffles to antebellum slaves and founding father Thomas Jefferson. A fixture in soul food cuisine, it’s made its mark in Hollywood and on brunch restaurants everywhere including these fine versions:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chicken and Waffles at Village Whiskey in Philadelphia
Chicken and Waffles don’t need loads of toppings to taste good. Village Whiskey’s simple version sang with maple butter. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Since we lived in Philadelphia before we hit the road five years ago, we had plenty of time to find great chicken and waffles in the city of brotherly love. And not just one version.

Available at the historic Reading Terminal, the Pennsylvania Dutch version tops waffles with roasted chicken and then smothers the combo with rich gravy. It’s unique but it’s not our thing.

We prefer the soul food version with battered, crispy chicken. An added egg is a bonus but not a necessity. However, maple syrup is both a bonus and a necessity.

Where To Eat Chicken And Waffles In Philadelphia
On Point Bistro and Village Whiskey

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Chicken and Waffles in Montreal
Proving that sometimes more is more, we adored this chicken and waffles creation topped with thick bacon slices, sweet potato shavings, hot sauce and sweet syrup at the Icehouse in Montreal. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Food in Montreal is better than food in most cities. This applies to local foods like poutine and bagels as well as just about everything else. Chicken and waffles fell into the second ‘everything else’ category during our month-long stay in one of Canada’s most food-focused cities.

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Located near our apartment, the Icehouse achieved next level status by adding thick bacon slices, sweet potato shavings, hot sauce and sweet syrup to its chicken and waffle combo. We weren’t surprised when the dish’s creator, Texas-born Nick Hodge, went on to win an episode of Canada Iron Chef. We’d vote for him too based on his contribution to this fried chicken genre.

Where To Eat Chicken And Waffles In Montreal

Hanoi, Vietnam

Chicken and Waffles at S&L's Diner in Hanoi Vietnam
We ate this chicken and waffles combo created by another American in Hanoi. Yes – Vietnam. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Hanoi forged a place in our hearts with a street food scene that doesn’t stop with dishes like pho and bun cha served around the clock. We could eat these dishes every day, which is exactly what we did for three weeks during our 2016 visit to Vietnam’s capital city. What can we say except that we also love soup.

Returning a couple years later gave us the chance to expand our culinary horizons. We still ate traditional Vietnamese food but we enjoyed globally inspired favorites like Neapolitan pizza and craft beer. too We also ate chicken and waffles at S&L’s Diner.

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S&L’s Diner pairs homemade waffles with crispy chicken tenders and coleslaw. Spicy maple syrup completes the dish. We weren’t surprised to learn that the diner is owned by an American ex-pat from Pennsylvania.

This dish gave these two world travelers a taste of home in Asia. Though the price was about ten times the cost of a bowl of pho, we considered it to be money well spent. It was still about half the price of the dish in New York.

Where To Eat Chicken And Waffles In Hanoi
S&L’s Diner

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings at Flock + Fowl in Las Vegas Nevada
Chicken wings may be the ideal bar food. We ate these little beauties in Las Vegas. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Chicken wings aren’t just crispy chicken pieces, they’re also a starter on many restaurant and bar menus. It’s a dish that we rarely say “no” to whether we’re in Buffalo or elsewhere. We said “yes” to the following chicken wing starters and you should too:

Buffalo, New York, USA

Hot Buffalo Wings at Anchor Close Up in Buffalo
We ate these hot Buffalo wings at The Anchor Bar in Buffalo where the dish was allegedly invented. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Buffalo (the city, not the animal) has become famous around the world for coating deep-fried chicken wings with peppery, buttery sauce and pairing them with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. Famously served at The Anchor Bar for the first time in 1964, Buffalo’s version of chicken wings is now available around the world in countries like France, Thailand and Vietnam.

Basically, if American ex-pats are in a city, Buffalo wings are there too. Otherwise, the next best option is to bake Buffalo wings at home.

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Wing and Blue Cheese at Elmo_s in Buffalo
There’s no such things as too many wings in Buffalo. We dipped these spicy wings into blue cheese at Elmo’s. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

After eating Buffalo-style chicken wings in cities in the US and beyond, we were thrilled to take a self-guided Buffalo wings tour in New York’s Queen City. While we liked the wings at The Anchor Bar, they weren’t our favorite. That honor goes to Duff’s.

But let’s be real – there are no bad Buffalo wings in Buffalo. The real issue is how hot you can eat them without starting a fire inside your mouth.

Where To Eat Buffalo Wings In Buffalo
The Anchor Bar, Bar-Bill, Duff’s Famous Wings, Elmo’s and Gabriel’s Gate

New York City, New York, USA

Chicken Wings at Bobwhite Counter
We ate these crispy wings at Bobwhite Counter in New York City. The lower Manhattan eatery brings a taste of the South to the Big Apple. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

New York City is a food traveler’s fantasy destination thanks to foods like pizza, bagels and cheesecake. But these aren’t the only great foods to eat in the melting pot of a city with a myriad of global eateries serving food from China, Korea and Japan.

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If you can’t find a type of food in NYC, it’s likely that you can’t find it anywhere. Such is the case with the traditional southern fried chicken we found at Bobwhite Counter on Avenue C in the East Village. Beyond fried birds and biscuits, we also found an ideal shareable snack – chicken wings.

Ironically, Bobwhite Counter isn’t named after a person named Bob White or the chicken that the compact restaurant brines in southern sweet tea. Owner and Virginia native Keedick Coulter named the restaurant after a bird that’s also called the Virginia quail. Go figure.

Where To Eat Chicken Wings In New York City
Bobwhite Counter

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Chicken Wings at Central BBQ in Memphis
Holy smokes! We ate these smoked hot wings at Central BBQ in Memphis. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While it didn’t happen to us, we can appreciate that one could hypothetically grow tired of eating barbecue and traditional fried chicken in Memphis. Then there are people who want to combine the two popular local food specialties in one tasty dish.

Central BBQ addresses both issues by smoking and serving chicken wings six different ways – wet, naked, jerked, dry spice, honey gold and sweet heat. Purists will want to order the honey gold option since it’s a Memphis specialty. Central BBQ makes its honey gold sauce made with honey, chili peppers and a mix of secret ingredients.

Where To Eat Smoked Hot Wings In Memphis
Central BBQ

Novelty Fried Chicken

Welcome Chicken and Donut Logo
There was that time that the donut met the chicken at Welcome Chicken and Donut… | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Once you’ve eaten traditional southern fried chicken, hot chicken, fried chicken sandwiches, chicken on waffles and chicken wings, you may be satisfied. However, if you’re like us, your fried chicken journey is more of an endless quest filled with opportunities and surprises like the following:

Fried Chicken and Donuts

Chicken and Donuts at Welcome Chicken and Donuts in Phoenix
Two donuts plus one piece of Korean fried chicken added up to a tasty breakfast for the two of us in Phoenix. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Fried chicken and donuts are two splurge foods that we rarely regret combining. The blend of sweet and savory flavors meet in a zone that never fails to make us happy.

Although we traveled to Phoenix specifically to eat at one of the country’s best pizzerias, we couldn’t resist chowing down on Korean fried chicken and filled donuts at Welcome Chicken and Donuts on our way to the Grand Canyon. The breakfast combo reminded us of Federal Donuts (see above) and accomplished our happiness goal.

Where To Eat Chicken And Donuts In Phoenix
Welcome Chicken and Donuts

Fried Chicken Tacos

Big Willie Style Taco Close Up at Lloyd Taco in Buffalo
We never thought of adding fried chicken to our tacos. Luckily, Lloyd Taco Factory thought of it for us. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Stuffing a tortilla with fried chicken isn’t the norm. But, after eating a Big Willie Style taco at Lloyd Taco Factory in Buffalo, we became instant fans.

The creative taqueria combines buttermilk fried chicken, Frank’s hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, romaine lettuce, tomato and red onion to create a new school version of chicken wings. Crunchy and hot, this fried chicken taco tastes good. Really good.

Where To Eat Tacos With Fried Chicken In Buffalo
Lloyd Taco Factory

International Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken at Mr. Thinh in Da Nang Vietnam
We’ve been known to stop for fried chicken. We stopped for this fried chicken in Da Nang, Vietnam. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We thought our fried chicken journey would end when we left America to taste the world. We were wrong. Boy oh boy, were we wrong.

Check out the following global fried chicken we’ve experienced and bookmark them in your brain for your future travels:

Seoul, South Korea

Fried Chicken at Incheon Airport in Seoul
We ate this Korean fried chicken at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Eating Korean-style fried chicken in South Korea is a goal that we’ve accomplished – sort of. We’ve been to the food-obsessed country three times but are yet to venture beyond Seoul’s international Incheon airport. We thought it would happen during our most recent layover but mother nature didn’t agree.

So, what did we do? We ate double-fried chicken at the airport. The airport version was just as crispy and juicy as we expected. Next time, though, we’re eating fried chicken in Seoul proper.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken At Seoul’s Incheon Airport
Chi-Mac Hunter

Da Nang, Vietnam

Combo Meal at Mr. Thinh in Da Nang Vietnam
Dang! This fried chicken in Da Nang tasted good with sides of french fries and spicy ketchup. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Spread over three separate visits, we’ve spent about six months in Da Nang, one of the largest cities in Vietnam. However, we didn’t find great fried chicken until our third visit. We were apparently too busy eating Vietnamese food favorites like mì quảng and bánh xèo during our first two visits.

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Once we discovered Da Nang’s Gà Rán Mr Thịnh, the fried chicken joined a food rotation that we also broadened to include North Carolina BBQ and sushi. Plump and crispy, this fried chicken was almost as good as traditional southern fried chicken we’d previously eaten in America. Plus, priced at the equivalent of a US dollar with fries, the price couldn’t be beat.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken In Da Nang
Gà Rán Mr Thịnh

Paris, France

Fried Chicken Combo at STREET Bangkok Fry _ Beer in Paris
We said “oui” to eating Southeast Asian fried chicken in Paris. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Paris is one of our favorite food cities in the world. We could easily eat French food favorites like croissants, steak-frites and pastries all day every day without getting bored but that would be a mistake. Similar to New York City, Paris is a city with an eclectic global food footprint.

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Though we’ve traveled to Paris numerous times, our most recent week in the city was a veritable food frenzy during which we flexed our culinary muscles all day and into the night. Discovering fried chicken at STREET BKK Fry & Beer was both a surprise and a delight.

Not your typical Paris restaurant, STREET BKK Fry & Beer serves ‘Bangkok style’ street food including a fried chicken combo with curry stew, lentils, roti and a range of sauces (garlic, mint and yogurt). Not only did the crispy fowl reminded us of America and Bangkok in one full swoop, it was also a great value by Paris standards.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken In Paris
STREET Bangkok Fry & Beer

Manila, The Philippines

Fried chicken at Sincerity in Manila
We paired this Filipino fried chicken with an oyster omelet in Manilla’s Chinatown. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Filipino food intrigues us with unique dishes that celebrate flavors we know and love plus some we have yet to try. While we want to fully explore the full Filipino food set one day, our first trip to the Philippines was a quick port of call visit during an epic Asian cruise.

With just a few hours to explore Manila, we headed straight to the megacity’s Chinatown and ate a jumbo oyster omelet, dumplings and, of course, fried chicken. Sure, we could have eaten spicy fried chicken at Jollibbee, the super popular Filipino fried chicken chain. Instead, going to Manila’s Chinatown gave us an experience that was tangy, crunchy and fun.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken In Manila
Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant

Osaka, Japan

Fried Chicken at Ryushkin in Osaka
We followed the crowd and squirted lemon on to our fried chicken in Osaka. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Nicknamed Japan’s kitchen, Osaka offers a smorgasbord of tasty treats to all who visit the Japanese city. Popular dishes include ramen, sushi, tayokai and okonomiyaki. While we love these Japanese food favorites, we also love fried chicken. With three weeks in Osaka, we had plenty of time to enjoy both.

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Perhaps we’re over-achievers – we ate fried chicken two different ways in Osaka. The first was katsu, deep-fried chicken cutlet strips served over rice. The second was straight-up fried chicken at a neighborhood izakaya. We didn’t eat any bad food in Osaka and these two fried chicken varieties were no exception.

Where To Eat Fried Chicken In Osaka
Katsu Joints and Izakayas around the City

Frequently Asked Questions

What is fried chicken?

Fried chicken is chicken that coated in breaded flour and fried in oil. This chicken style is notable for its crispy skin and juicy meat.

Where was fried chicken invented?

Food historians trace the roots of fried chicken to both Africa and Scotland as well as China and the Middle East. In other words, fried chicken has multiple origin stories.

Is fried chicken healthy?

Fried chicken is not healthy since the dish is high in calories, fat and sodium.

Does fried chicken taste good?

Fried chicken doesn’t taste good. It tastes great.

What restaurant sells the best fried chicken?

Popular fried chicken chains include KFC, Chic-fil-A and Joulibe but those chain restaurants are just the tip of the fried chicken mountain. You need to eat a lot of fried chicken to find your favorite.

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Original Publication Date: March 21, 2021

Mindy Cromer

Saturday 17th of June 2023

Come to Barberton Ohio, just s.w. of Akron. The town is known for its legendary and unique fried chicken. There are 2 places that have turned it into a competition, and locals swear by one or the other. Belgrade Gardens is one, White House chicken is the other. (I'm partial to White House for their fried chicken necks.) Barberton style chicken is oh-so-juicy, with a light, slightly sticky and slightly sweet, crisp breading. At White House, don't forget to get the "Hot Sauce", which is actually a spicy, flavorful, and saucy rice side dish. Great chicken doesn't stop in Columbus! Hope you make it up this far north next time on your travels to Ohio!


Saturday 15th of April 2023

Y’all wasted a lot of time on a lot of things other than fried chicken. The best fried chicken is from Publix. Don’t reply if you haven’t tried it.


Monday 13th of February 2023

Dare you to find better than Belgrade's in North East Ohio. None better.

Mindy Cromer

Saturday 17th of June 2023

@Ant, I am partial to White House fried chicken necks and their "hot sauce".

Dan P

Monday 7th of February 2022

2 Corrections … Prince‘s Hot Chicken creators of Nashville Hot Chicken doesn’t use buttermilk. Buttermilk was never and has never been used in the original Nashville Hot chicken recipe. Others have used it to their liking. Prince’s keeps it 100% authentic to not only the family way but also to the root of which west and central African slaves cooked it. (Buttermilk was a luxury that slaves didn’t have access too. And truth be told Flour was luxury as well. Corn meal took heavy root in slave cooking). Next it wasn’t my Great Uncle Thornton’s girlfriend who concocted the recipe. She only used some of his hot peppers to dump on his chicken. Thornton along w his brothers worked up the first recipe… since then my Aunt along with my dad instituted the James Beard Award winning flavor profile.

I am a Prince and have cooked this chicken since 8 years old. (Nearly burned my arm off the first time too .haha). I am the first to have cooked the original and authentic version outside the USA. Recently in the Middle East.

Glad you enjoyed and love fried chicken period! I am often in Porto and Madeira. Hope to connect with food enthusiasts! Much success.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 7th of March 2022

Dan - Thanks so much for the insider information! We are updating the article and would love to connect with you when you next travel to Portugal.

John Ryan

Saturday 30th of October 2021

Great list of great food cities. As a resident of #8 Philadelphia for the past 20+ years, I can’t believe that it’s not #1 by a mile. What this list can’t or doesn’t cover is the actual availability of incredibly great affordable food. I’ve witnessed the evolution of this city to becoming what NYC used to be in its prime. We simply don’t have bad food anywhere. Too much competition.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

We lived in Philly for many years. There's not argument that it's a great food city that keeps getting even better every year.

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