Yeah, we’re a cheesesteak and soft pretzel city, but there’s definitely a fried chicken moment happening in Philly. From recently-opened joints to longtime fan favorites, forget you’re on a diet for a hot second and sink your teeth into a warm, breaded chicken breast.
GRADUATE HOSPITAL, FISHTOWN
2018 South St., 2001 Memphis St.
The newly opened Graduate Hospital location brings the Korean-style fried chicken purveyors to a South Philly market. Their made-fresh-to-order chicken is double-fried and offered in a variety of flavors from Cajun to golden soy.
1234 Locust St.
Inspired by chef Marcie Blaine Turney’s grandparents’ restaurant, Bud & Marilyn’s is where you can get good old-fashioned American cooking, like meatloaf and fried chicken, which comes served with warm biscuits, zucchini pickles, salted honey butter, and housemade hot sauce.
1219 S. 2nd St., 1632 Sansom St., 3428 Sansom St., 701 N. 7th St., 2010 Pennsylvania Ave.
In addition to mouth-watering and eclectic doughnuts, FedNuts also serves up some of the best fried chicken in town. Get it on a sandwich or a three- or six-piece serving with a honey doughnut. But get there early: Once the chicken is sold out for the day, you’re out of luck.
125 S 40th St.
Using ingredients from local farms, this West Philly outpost boasts a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich brined with pickle juice. Or, if you want it in a smaller size, get the popcorn chicken bites.
1100 N. Front St.
With an Instagram shoutout from Questlove under their belt, this newly-opened spot has been busy. Their buttermilk fried chicken is sold in three pieces, six pieces, individually, on a sandwich (with spicy slaw and sweet pickles with either freshly fried chips or a cornbread muffin), or as wings. Bonus: They also serve pie.
1525 S. 11th St.
While the doors haven’t officially opened yet, the incredible dining scene along East Passyunk is due to get a little crispier with Redcrest Fried Chicken. Keep your eyes (and nose) peeled.