The 10 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants in America


Roscoe's, with seven Los Angeles locations, serves great fried chicken. In 1975, Harlem native Herb Hudson founded Roscoe's in Hollywood, known for its fried chicken and waffles with potato salad.

Willie Mae's Scotch House

The first Willie Mae's Scotch House in New Orleans' Sixth Ward opened 65 years ago. The establishment is known for its fried chicken platters.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Honey Butter Fried Chicken, launched over a decade ago, is a Chicago staple. Honey Butter Fried Chicken, founded by chef Josh Kulp and co-chef/managing partner Christine Cikowski.

The Jerk Shack

The Jerk Shack serves some of San Antonio's greatest fried chicken less than 20 minutes from downtown. Chef Nicola Blaque and her husband Cornelius Massey founded the Jerk Shack in 2018 to provide chicken meals.

Prince's Hot Chicken

Prince's Hot Chicken serves delicious fried chicken and has a long history. The restaurant started more than 100 years ago when Thornton Prince, "the father of Nashville hot chicken," ate a spiteful lover's spicy fried chicken.

Le Chick Miami

Le Chick in Wynwood, Miami's creative area, serves upmarket fried chicken. Le Chick specialises on fried chicken made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. The menu includes fried chicken with spicy maple syrup.

Howlin' Ray's

Johnny Ray Zone, the creator of Howlin' Ray's, makes some of the greatest Nashville-style fried chicken in the nation. He cooked with Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa.

Mike's Chicken

It's easy to understand why the Dallas Observer called Mike's Chicken one of north Texas' greatest fried chicken restaurants. The family-owned restaurant, founded in 2014, is known for its hand-breaded chicken, house-made sauces.

Wagner's Village Inn

Its charming dining area, extensive menu, and James Beard Award make it the perfect fried chicken restaurant. The Wagner's Village Inn in Indianapolis, owned by the same family since the 1960s, is known for its pan-fried chicken.

Pies 'n Thighs

Pies 'n Thighs, a Williamsburg institution for than 20 years, is known for its fried chicken. Its crispy fried chicken, fluffy buttermilk biscuits, and delicious pie in a quiet dining room are unmatched.