Best of Philly

Best Fried Chicken

2017 BEST Fried Chicken

Poi Dog

Fried chicken junkies, if you’re looking to get your fix from different latitudes, you won’t want to miss this Big Island version, where the bird is dipped in sweet rice flour, doused in furikake seasoning, and topped with togarashi-yuzu mayo. Psst: It comes on the lunch plate with two scoops of rice, macaroni salad and pickled red cabbage. Yum.

102 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-279-7015 | Website

2016 BEST Chicken Fingers


210 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

They’re done in a buttermilk batter and a delicious pretzel crust and served with dipping sauces like chipotle lime mayo, honey mustard and parmesan pesto. Try the wings, too. (Locations in Midtown Village and University City.) Read more »

2016 BEST Classic Fried Chicken


4301 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

The thighs are juicy all the way to the bone, with perfect, crackling skin, and served with a little salad and pickled onion ranch sauce. Read more »

2016 BEST Fried Chicken Sandwich


1040 North American Street, #1101, Philadelphia, PA

Everyone is getting in on the fried-chicken-slapped-on-a-bun game these days, but this one rises above the finger-lickin’ fray. A spice-blended, crispy-skinned, buttermilk-brined bird is topped with house-made bacon, pepper jack cheese, ranch dressing and sweet and sour pickles. You’ll need two hands and about 20 napkins. (Northern Liberties and Bella Vista.) Read more »

2016 BEST Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets

Double Knot

120 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Panko-breaded, beautifully tender morsels served with a smear of togarashi mayo. Read more »

2015 BEST Fried Chicken

The Chicken Biscuit at Percy Street

900 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Loosed from Percy Street’s Texas-style barbecue roots, Erin O’Shea is showing her talents across the menu. But there’s no better bite right now than her fried chicken biscuit, made with crispy fried chicken thighs, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, pickled jalape´┐Żos and house-made buttermilk ranch. It’s only available during happy hour — but if you order… Read more »

2014 BEST Fried Chicken

Federal Donuts

Multiple locations

Why stop at perfectly fried chicken? The super-freaked-up versions spiced with Thai chili, za’atar, toasted nori and honey-ginger glaze are genius if only for taking junk food to a whole other level. Read more »

2012 BEST Fried Chicken

Federal Donuts

1219 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

The twice-fried Korean fried chicken has six different topping choices. We keep going back because we know it’s the best, and because we’re not done figuring out exactly which topping is tops. Read more »

2011 BEST Fried Chicken Near a Porn Store

Speck’s Drive In

3969 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA

While we’re sure the neighboring Adult Bookstore does just fine at what it’s best at, we know for a fact that this longtime neighborhood classic makes a killer broasted chicken tender, salty and crisp-skinned right out of the fryer. Read more »

2010 BEST Fried Chicken

Cafe Soho

468 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA

Forget everything you think you know about this American classic. Caf Soho’s bon chon, or Korean fried chicken, is twice-fried (meaning more crunch, less grease) and served with a mysterious spicy/sweet soy dipping sauce (they swear it’s just soy sauce and red chilies) and a side of pickled radish (way better than mayo-drenched coleslaw). It’s… Read more »