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Best Fried Chicken

2021 Best Restaurant We've Been Waiting For

Bar Poulet

Some people were surprised to learn that this new Center City spot is pairing pressure-fried chicken and champagne, but it’s been a thing, and one taste of the sharp bubbles cutting through the rich bird will convince you we’ve long deserved this brilliant concept. Read More »

2005 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Fried Chicken


Father-daughter duo John and Jen Choi make everything at their Midtown Village restaurant from scratch, including sauces like Korean BBQ, honey soy, and super-spicy sweet chili — all of which can be doused over wings, popcorn nuggets, or whole, perfectly crispy Korean fried chicken. Read More »

212 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best Fried Chicken

Spoty’s Chicken & Waffles

You can get the salty, crispy, gently Cajun-spiced fried chicken on a Belgian waffle (good) or as a sandwich, inside a soft, fluffy honey butter biscuit (even better). Read More »

550 Kimberton Road, Suite 11, Phoenixville, PA | 610-935-2744 | Website

2018 Best Gas Station Fried Chicken

Royal Farms

Imagine a super-Wawa (the kind with a gas station), but instead of hoagies, it sells fried chicken. Really, really crispy, juicy, salty fried chicken. Confusingly good fried chicken. At a gas station. Read More »


2018 Best Fried Chicken

Love & Honey Fried Chicken

Learning to make perfect fried chicken is easy – all it takes is a decade of practice and a willingness to spend the rest of your life in pursuit of one thing. Lucky for us, Todd Lyons made that sacrifice, and he and his wife, Laura, showcase the results in this little takeaway spot on the ragged edge of NoLibs, serving excellent plates of chicken, drizzled with a kiss of honey, to an ever-growing legion of fans. Read More »

1100 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA | 215-789-7878 | Website

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. Read More »

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

2016 Best Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets

Double Knot

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

120 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-631-3868 | Website

2016 Best Fried Chicken Sandwich


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 »

1040 North American Street, #1101, Philadelphia, PA | 215-644-9324 | Website

2016 Best Classic Fried Chicken


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 »

4301 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-387-4992 | Website

2016 Best Chicken Fingers


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 »

210 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-921-3204 | Website

2015 Best Fried Chicken

The Chicken Biscuit at Percy Street

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�os and house-made buttermilk ranch. It's only available during happy hour -- but if you order a trio of 'em, they make a damn fine meal. Read More »

900 South Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-625-8510 | Website

2014 Best Fried Chicken

Federal Donuts

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 »

Multiple locations | 267-687-8258 | Website

2012 Best Fried Chicken

Federal Donuts

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 »

1219 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-687-8258 | Website

2011 Best Fried Chicken Near a Porn Store

Speck’s Drive In

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 »

3969 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA | 610-489-2110 | Website

2010 Best Fried Chicken

Cafe Soho

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 our new comfort food. Read More »

468 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA | 215-224-6800 | Website