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 enjoy your food any way you like. Your dinner plans are solved! (And for more, here are 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.)
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.
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.
Yelp’s top chicken restaurant in Arkansas, Cathead’s Diner in Little Rock, has closed. But we think Monte Ne Inn Chicken looks just as delicious.
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“This spot should be in every travel guide,” wrote one enthusiastic Yelp reviewer. “Best fried chicken I ever had. So juicy, crispy & delicious.”
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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Fried chicken and biscuits sound like the perfect combination to us! You can even order a biscuit sandwich for the best of both worlds.
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.
“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!
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.
“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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Southern biscuits and spicy pickles to go along with your fried chicken? Biscuit Belly has all the comfort food you could ask for!
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!
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.
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. And also see List of Foods That Glow Your Skin Naturally
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.
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.
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.
The name of this restaurant is straightforward, and so are the comfort food eats you’ll find on the menu.
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.
“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!
In addition to serving incredible fried chicken, Block 16 serves poutine and even poutine burritos. How many places in America can say that?
Planning a visit to Las Vegas? Don’t miss this Southern restaurant! The smoked pork belly is legendary, as are the chicken and waffles.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
“Loved it! Best fried chicken ever!” one Yelp reviewer wrote. You can’t argue with that!
Try the Buff Bird sandwich at this casual joint. Expect to leave full!
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.
As the restaurant name suggests, Nashbird specializes in hot chicken. Add on a side of hot mac and cheese for extra spice.
Stop by this Southern spot for fried chicken, and make sure to grab a side of praline bacon, too.
Korean fried chicken is the name of the game at this Pittsburgh spot. Don’t miss the cheese wontons, too.
“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.
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.
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!
Fried chicken and cinnamon apples sound like the perfect meal from this Southern spot.
Chickqueen is another Korean fried chicken spot. You can’t go wrong with the honey garlic chicken wings.
“Killer beer selection, killer burgers, killer fried chicken,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. It sounds like whatever you order will be delicious!
Try the fried chicken wings or curry chicken wings at this Korean spot! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
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!
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.
This trendy, new American spot serves an upscale take on fried chicken. Try one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, too.
“Really great nachos, and absolutely amazing fried chicken,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. Customers rave about the fish and chips, too.