Best of Philly: Eat More Fried Chicken

On a roll, in a basket, straight from the fryer—this is the year of fried chicken. Here’s where to get Philly’s finest.

Best of Philly Fried Chicken Sandwich at Samwich | Photo by Jason Varney

Best of Philly Fried Chicken Sandwich at Samwich | Photo by Jason Varney

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in fried chicken as well as the rest of the Best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Everyone is getting in on the fried-chicken-slapped-on-a-bun game these days, but the fried chicken sandwich (pictured) at Samwich (1040 North American Street, #1101, Northern Liberties, and 600 Catharine Street, Bella Vista) 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.

For classic fried chicken, head to Clarkville (4301 Baltimore Avenue, University City), where 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. Or ditch the bone altogether and get the grown-up chicken nuggets at Double Knot (120 South 13th Street, Midtown Village)—panko-breaded, beautifully tender morsels served with a smear of togarashi mayo.

For even more finger food, try the chicken fingers (and wings) at Wishbone (210 South 13th Street, Midtown Village, and 4034 Walnut Street, University City). They’re done in a buttermilk batter with a delicious pretzel crust and served with dipping sauces like chipotle lime mayo, honey mustard and parmesan pesto.

Published as “Best of Philly 2016” in the August issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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