Good fried chicken can be hard to find when you’re not in the deep south, but there are quite a few great places where you can get some excellent Southern-style food without jumping on a jet plane. In honor of National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, below you will find five of the best eateries to order fried chicken, many of which will have you wanting to go back the moment you step out the door. Each one of the restaurants listed below offers a different take on a favorite meal, and are very affordable. These eateries have received such great reviews that you might want to try them all!
33 Union St.
Boston, MA 02108
Some say that Saus serves the very best fried chicken in Boston, which is why it is number one on this list. Aside from the fact that Saus offers an extensive and impressive Poutine menu, many restaurant-goers say that the fried chicken and waffles here is what keeps them coming back for more. The casual eatery was started by three college kids who lost their jobs in the 2008 recession, and has been thriving ever since.
The Coast Cafe
233 River St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
The Coast Cafe in Cambridge offers some delectable soul food that is sure to satisfy your cravings for a home-cooked, Southern-style meal. The fried chicken is a staple at the eatery, which uses a light breading with just the right amount of seasoning. Opened in 1997 by a brother and sister team, the Brooks family say that their food is so good because it is made with “pure love.” Those who have visited for a bite would have to agree — and we’re sure you will, too!
1193 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Another great spot to nosh on fried chicken is Tupelo in Inman Square. The chicken and waffles is quite a popular dish. Since the restaurant’s opening in 2009, Tupelo has offered “comfort food with a Southern drawl,” and has some of the best Southern comfort food in the state of Massachusetts. While you’ll still be in New England, Tupelo will whisk your taste buds straight to Louisiana, and that could be exactly what you need.
170 Milk St.
Boston, MA 02109
Many people really enjoy the atmosphere at Granary Tavern, but the fried chicken is the real reason to visit. The chicken and waffle dinner item features maple drizzle and honey butter, which will make your mouth water upon sight (or maybe even just reading this). Some say the fried chicken makes the meal, while others argue that these are some of the best waffles you’ll ever eat. Check it out and decide for yourself! This place is a must-try.
21 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Many foodies love Jm Curley, and will tell you that the fried chicken served here is perfection. The menu is fairly limited, but if you’re going out just to get some fried chicken, you won’t be disappointed. If you love more than just your chicken fried, check out the tasty fried pickles here. The reviews of this place are great, and those who eat here once tend to return. Jm Curley does not take reservations, so you’ll want to keep that in mind before you arrive.
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Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with all of the latest happenings in her city. She loves eating at Boston’s hotspots, having drinks at the trendiest bars, and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.