Fried chicken is a popular dish in New Orleans, and which New Orleans restaurant serves up the best version is a subject of great debate. With so many delicious choices, there’s no way to narrow it down to just one. Try ’em all, and even try your hand at making the dish at home, courtesy of Cafe Reconcile.
Places to Get Fried Chicken in New Orleans
Perfectly fried and crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, Willie Mae’s gets it right. Not only is the fried chicken bordering on the divine, their sides are absolutely delicious: Get the green beans, corn bread muffin or the red beans and rice. Finish the meal off with some warm and sweet bread pudding that will keep you coming back.
A local favorite for good times and good food, this French Quarter bar and restaurant serves up incredible seafood and tasty drinks. Coop’s Place also nails it with their Cajun Fried Chicken made with their own Bayou Blend of seasonings served with rabbit and sausage jambalaya and coleslaw. The fun and laid-back atmosphere at Coop’s makes it a perfect place to go with friends. When you’re finished, head next door to Molly’s on the Market and try their famous frozen Irish coffee.
Li’l Dizzy’s fried chicken is amazing — it’s that simple. Located on Esplanade Avenue in the Treme neighborhood, Lil’ Dizzy’s also has gumbo that you can’t miss.
A New Orleans institution famous for its lively atmosphere and classic New Orleans recipes, Galatoire’s fried chicken is a menu item that’s often overlooked — mostly because it’s not actually on the menu. But they do make it, and it’s a hidden gem that’s absolutely phenomenal. After the souffleed potatoes, creamed spinach, and fried chicken, you’ll be ready to walk if off on a post-dinner stroll through the French Quarter.
This Oak Street staple, famous for the wildly fun atmosphere and classic New Orleans dishes, serves an irresistible fried chicken plate. With your choice of dark or white meat, you’re sure to get exactly what you want. You can’t leave without ordering the alligator cheesecake; it’s savory and a little sweet all at once.
At the helm of this restaurant — full of history and flavor — is Leah Chase, the queen of Creole cuisine and a pop culture icon. Still, don’t let her stature fool you: the woman can cook. At the top of her must-eat list is the fried chicken during the lunchtime buffet. Line up, and line up again for this golden-brown delight alongside fixin’s like macaroni and cheese and peach cobbler.
An Uptown establishment on Arabella Street, this restaurant turns out craveable seafood (oyster nachos, anyone?) and classic gumbo. But the half fried chicken platter is where it’s at: made to order and served with your choice of fries, potato salad, or veggies.
Charming and on a coveted corner of Magazine Street, Coquette is as good for people-watching as it is for the food. The fried chicken in particular mimics much of the menu, which is to say it’s comfort food made upscale. Theirs comes with hot paprika, whipped honey, and cucumber — elegant and totally delicious.
No-frills fried chicken is the specialty at Manchu Food Store & Chinese Kitchen. For those who prefer flavor to ambience, forego just about all others on the list and beeline to this spot on N. Claiborne Avenue.