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The Best Fried Chicken in Every State, According to Yelp

You don't have to be in the South to eat Southern food.
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Sure, you know you can get great fried chicken in the South or in Harlem. But what if you're in, say, the Midwest, or California? Not to worry—there's plenty of fried chicken your way, too. Our friends at Yelp have created a list of the best fried chicken in every state, so you'll never have to go without that salty, crunchy goodness.

To come up with the list, Yelp looked at restaurant reviews that mentioned fried chicken, then chose the best spot in each state using "a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning 'fried chicken.'" So you can rest assured that each spot on this list comes with reviews from real people. And almost every spot on this list is open for either dine-in or carryout options, so you can still enjoy fried chicken in the pandemic. Your dinner plans are solved!

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ALABAMA: Saw's Soul Kitchen in Birmingham

fried chicken sandwich from saws soul kitchen birmingham alabama
J S./Yelp

This isn't just any fried chicken sandwich—it's a sweet tea fried chicken sandwich. And if you're bringing the kids along, there are even sweet tea chicken tenders on the kids' menu. Yum.

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ALASKA: Roscoe's Catfish & BBQ in Anchorage

plate of fried chicken with potato salad and collard greens
Nyla S./Yelp

At Roscoe's, you can get a delicious plate of ribs or a crispy order of fried chicken. "Best fried chicken in town, hands down," one Yelp reviewer wrote. We're sold.

ARKANSAS: Cathead's Diner in Little Rock

fried chicken with mashed potatoes and carrots
Katherine H./Yelp

"The fried chicken gave me LIFE," one Yelp reviewer wrote of this Southern spot. From barbecue to fried chicken to mac and cheese, Cathead's Diner has it all.

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Note: Cathead's Diner is closed until December 31, 2020, according to Yelp.

ARIZONA: BirdHouse in Page

plate of fried chicken
Ha Vy L./Yelp

"This spot should be in every travel guide," wrote one enthusiastic Yelp reviewer. "Best fried chicken I ever had. So juicy, crispy & delicious."

CALIFORNIA: Sweet Blessings by Cyler in Los Angeles

plate of fried chicken
Jorge G./Yelp

Delicious Southern food, right in Los Angeles? Yes, please! "Hands down, best Southern food in the valley," one Yelp reviewer wrote. "Their fried chicken was perfection."

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COLORADO: Denver Biscuit Co. in Denver

fried chicken biscuit sandwich with gravy
Jesse R./Yelp

Fried chicken and biscuits sound like the perfect combination to us! You can even order a biscuit sandwich for the best of both worlds.

CONNECTICUT: Sandra's Next Generation in New Haven

plate of fried chicken with mac and cheese and collard greens
Michael U./Yelp

The fried chicken sandwich is the thing to get here! Or, go for the "church plate," which features classic Southern sides. You'll leave full and happy, no matter what you order.

DELAWARE: Lettie's Kitchen in Hockessin

fried chicken breast with broccoli and coleslaw
Rick S./Yelp

"The best fried chicken—so juicy and crispy," one Yelp reviewer wrote of this Delaware spot. "The biscuits were incredible, the coleslaw and potato salad were delicious. Friendly staff and great service." Now, that's what we like to hear!

FLORIDA: The Hangar Bay Cafe & Gallery in Jacksonville

plate of fried chicken
Lea P./Yelp

Unlike many of the other places on this list, The Hangar Bay Cafe & Gallery isn't a Southern restaurant. Instead, it's a Japanese ramen spot; both the noodles and the fried chicken will rock your world.

GEORGIA: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room in Savannah

plate of fried chicken
Adam C./Yelp

"Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room is the exact definition of Southern Hospitality," one Yelp reviewer wrote. "Aside from the wonderful customer service, the food was spectacular." You can't beat a restaurant that has true Southern charm!

HAWAII: Adela's Country Eatery in Kaneohe

plate of fried chicken with french fries
Jennifer W./Yelp

This spot is known for its unique, colorful pasta flavors (avocado pasta, anyone), as well as for its short ribs and fried chicken. There's something for everyone on this menu!

IDAHO: Republic Kitchen+Taphouse in Post Falls

fried chicken sandwich with home fries
Lori H./Yelp

If you're in the Post Falls area, check out the Twice-Fried Chicken Sandwich at this casual spot. You can order your chicken Southern or Korean-style—it's the best of both worlds!

ILLINOIS: S.K.Y. in Chicago

plate of fried chicken with creamed corn
Lorraine P./Yelp

You might not expect to find great fried chicken at this trendy, new American spot, but prepare to be surprised! Plus, the fried chicken is served with creamed corn, and many Yelpers rave about the side dish, too.

INDIANA: Shani's Secret Chicken in Indianapolis

plate of fried chicken with cucumber slices and dipping sauce
Matthias Y./Yelp

The fried chicken and tandoori chicken tenders are the things to try at this halal spot. Don't forget to add on a side of garlic naan, too!

IOWA: Bubba in Des Moines

fried chicken sandwich with side salad
Will S./Yelp

Everything at this Southern spot is delicious—don't miss the homemade desserts! Try the chicken and waffles, and if you're feeling decadent, add on a side of pimento mac and cheese.

KANSAS: BBQ Chicken in Overland Park

korean fried chicken wings with sauce in basket
Amy C./Yelp

If you're looking for Korean fried chicken, you need to check this place out. "If you've never tried Korean fried chicken, this is a great place to start to understand the love for this crispy and saucy dish," one Yelp reviewer wrote. We're in!

KENTUCKY: Biscuit Belly—Nulu in Louisville

fried chicken biscuit sandwich
Sakya S./Yelp

Southern biscuits and spicy pickles to go along with your fried chicken? Biscuit Belly has all the comfort food you could ask for!

LOUISIANA: Heard Dat Kitchen in New Orleans

plate of fried chicken with rice and beans and cornbread
Jeff J./Yelp

You can't go wrong with anything at this Cajun restaurant (and if you don't eat chicken, the blackened fish is to-die-for, too). Don't forget to add on a side of red beans and rice to complete your meal!

MAINE: N to Tail in Portland

plate of korean fried chicken
Crys S./Yelp

At this Korean BBQ spot, you can enjoy a nice order of Korean fried chicken, too. Don't miss the spicy cucumber salad to punch up your meal.

MARYLAND: Ekiben in Baltimore

fried chicken steamed bun sandwich on tray
Kimberly K./Yelp

This Asian fusion spot has delicious steamed buns. And for any vegetarian pals who might be tagging along on your visit, there are tofu nuggets, too.

MASSACHUSETTS: Coco & The Cellar Bar in East Hampton

plate of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and coleslaw
Pall A./Yelp

The fried chicken at this New American spot is served with mashed potatoes and coleslaw for a slightly more upscale take on the classic comfort food.

MICHIGAN: The Southerner in Saugatuck

plate of fried chicken with mason jars of water
Stephanie L./Yelp

With a dish called "Nana's Fried Chicken," can you really go wrong? This eatery lives up to its name, with all the juicy, crispy fried chicken you can handle.

MINNESOTA: Revival in Saint Paul

plate of fried chicken livers
Benjamin Y./Yelp

You've had fried chicken, but have you had fried chicken livers? Don't shy away from trying this Southern delicacy at Revival. Your taste buds will thank you.

MISSOURI: Southern in Saint Louis

fried chicken sandwich with cucumber salad and mac and cheese
Erica T./Yelp

The name of this restaurant is straightforward, and so are the comfort food eats you'll find on the menu.

Note: Southern is closed until March 3, 2021, according to Yelp.

MISSISSIPPI: Pearl's Diner in Laurel

fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese
Heather S./Yelp

Sit down and get comfortable at this laid-back diner! Expect to order classic sides like cornbread and mac and cheese to go with your fried chicken.

MONTANA: Roost Fried Chicken in Boseman

plate of fried chicken with dipping sauces
Eve C./Yelp

"Hands down, best fried chicken I've ever had in my entire life. This place unseated my last number one by a country mile," wrote one Yelp reviewer. Sounds perfect to us!

NEBRASKA: Block 16 in Omaha

two pieces of fried chicken
Ameya B./Yelp

In addition to serving incredible fried chicken, Block 16 serves poutine and even poutine burritos. How many places in America can say that?

NEVADA: Mama Bird in Las Vegas

chicken and waffles with watermelon slice
Mama Bird/Yelp

Planning a visit to Las Vegas? Don't miss this Southern restaurant! The smoked pork belly is legendary, as are the chicken and waffles.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Farr's Famous Chicken in Hampton

plate of fried chicken
Darryl Brooks/Shutterstock

Yelp didn't include an entry for New Hampshire in its list, but we think this Hampton spot looks like the perfect place to grab some fried chicken. Enjoy a plate of chicken and waffles for breakfast, or order a "chicken plate dinner" for the perfect end to your day.

NEW JERSEY: Kelsey & Kim's Southern Cafe in Atlantic City

plate of fried chicken with mac and cheese
Lisa H./Yelp

This homey Atlantic City restaurant lives up to its name. "Talk about comfort food, this place will transport your tastebuds to the South," wrote one Yelp reviewer.

NEW MEXICO: Nexus Brewery in Albuquerque

plate of spicy fried chicken
Howie K./Yelp

"This place has nailed down the magic process to produce the perfect fried chicken. Add a red chile-infused oil and it's beyond amazing," one Yelp reviewer wrote. If you're a fan of spicy chicken, Nexus Brewery is a must-visit.

NEW YORK: Mad for Chicken in Flushing

plate of korean fried chicken
Ashley L./Yelp

This Korean spot has delicious fried chicken and kimchi fried rice to go with it. "I'm wiping my eyes from the spice and then going in for another bite. I was experiencing that next level where all the cars on the street were gone, like in The Devil's Advocate. It was just me & the chicken," wrote one Yelper. Now that's an informative review!

NORTH CAROLINA: HomeGrown in Asheville

plate of fried chicken with vegetables and gravy
Ted F./Yelp

"Loved it! Best fried chicken ever!" one Yelp reviewer wrote. You can't argue with that!

NORTH DAKOTA: Brew Bird in North River

fried chicken sandwich with french fries
Rick T./Yelp

Try the Buff Bird sandwich at this casual joint. Expect to leave full!

OHIO: Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey in Cincinnati

fried chicken biscuit sandwich with gravy and bacon
Alex C./Yelp

If you love biscuit sandwiches, you need to visit this Ohio spot. Try the fried chicken sandwich, topped with bacon and gravy, for a truly decadent meal.

OKLAHOMA: Nashbird in Oklahoma City

fried chicken sandwich from nashbird oklahoma
Nashbird/Yelp

As the restaurant name suggests, Nashbird specializes in hot chicken. Add on a side of hot mac and cheese for extra spice.

OREGON: Screen Door in Portland

plate of chicken and waffles with syrup
Marissa S./Yelp

Stop by this Southern spot for fried chicken, and make sure to grab a side of praline bacon, too.

PENNSYLVANIA: Bae Bae's Kitchen in Pittsburgh

fried chicken wings
Bae Baes Kitchen/Yelp

Korean fried chicken is the name of the game at this Pittsburgh spot. Don't miss the cheese wontons, too.

RHODE ISLAND: Winner Winner in Newport

fried chicken sandwich with mac and cheese
Naomi H./Yelp

"I had heard good things, but come on! Really this is good chicken, I mean really, really good chicken. Like the kind of chicken I am thinking about days after eating it," one Yelp reviewer wrote of this Newport spot.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Boxcar Betty's in Charleston

fried chicken sandwich with fries
Frank K./Yelp

You need to get a chicken sandwich (try the Boxcar Sandwich with pimiento cheese!) at this casual sandwich spot, but don't miss the Pecan Pie in a Cup, either.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen in Sioux Falls

fried chicken sandwich with fries
Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen/Yelp

Vietnamese fried chicken and curried cauliflower are just two of the things you'll find on the menu at this Sioux Falls spot. There's a beer bar, too!

TENNESSEE: Monell's Dining & Catering in Nashville

basket of fried chicken
Ruth B./Yelp

Fried chicken and cinnamon apples sound like the perfect meal from this Southern spot.

TEXAS: Mike's Chicken in Dallas

fried chicken with biscuit and mashed potatoes
Andy P./Yelp

UTAH: Chickqueen in South Salt Lake

korean fried chicken topped with jalapeno slices
Daisy L./Yelp

Chickqueen is another Korean fried chicken spot. You can't go wrong with the honey garlic chicken wings.

VERMONT: Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock

plated fried chicken
Sara A./Yelp

"Killer beer selection, killer burgers, killer fried chicken," one Yelp reviewer wrote. It sounds like whatever you order will be delicious!

VIRGINIA: Choong Man Chicken in Fairfax

plate of korean fried chicken
Cham K./Yelp

Try the fried chicken wings or curry chicken wings at this Korean spot! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

WASHINGTON: S/T Hooligans in Seattle

fried chicken
Alvin T./Yelp

This Cajun spot is the perfect place to pick up a brisket sandwich or a plate of fried chicken. Finish off your meal with coconut tiramisu!

WEST VIRGINIA: Rossy's Place in Charles Town

plate of fried chicken with fries coleslaw and ketchup
Rossys/Yelp

This casual brunch spot is the perfect place to get classics like fried chicken or blackened salmon.

"We always look for new quality restaurants, and we hit the jackpot with Rossy's," wrote one Yelp reviewer. "It is right off the main road, Rolling Springs Road, and quaint-looking from outside. However, when you walk in, it is sparkling clean, beautiful, warm, and welcoming!" An ambiance that matches the delicious food? We're sold.

WISCONSIN: Tofte's Table in Waukesha

two pieces of fried chicken
Guido V./Yelp

This trendy, new American spot serves an upscale take on fried chicken. Try one of the restaurant's signature cocktails, too.

WYOMING: The Handle Bar in Teton Village

fried chicken with coleslaw
Christopher S./Yelp

"Really great nachos, and absolutely amazing fried chicken," one Yelp reviewer wrote. Customers rave about the fish and chips, too.

Note: The Handle Bar is closed until November 27, 2020.

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