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GoNOLA Tops: Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a popular New Orleans dish and everyone has a favorite place… here are a few (delicious) examples!

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Fried chicken. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

With the National Fried Chicken Festival this weekend, we’ve gathered a list of the best spots for fried chicken in New Orleans to get you ready. Look out for these and many more this weekend at Woldenberg Park. There’s something to satisfy all of your cravings. Try ’em all, and then try your hand at making a dish at home, courtesy of Cafe Reconcile.

Places to Get Fried Chicken in New Orleans

Chicken from Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

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.

Coop’s Place

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. They’ll serve it up 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.

Fried chicken from Lil’ Dizzy’s (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Lil’ Dizzy’s

Lil’ 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.

The dining room at Galatoire’s (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Galatoire’s

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 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 stroll through the French Quarter.

Jacques-Imo’s

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.

Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant

At the helm of this restaurant – full of history and flavor – is Leah Chase, the queen of Creole cuisine and a culture icon. But don’t let her stature fool you: the woman throws it down in the kitchen. 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 fixins’ like macaroni and cheese and peach cobbler.

Frankie and Johnny’s

An Uptown establishment on Arabella Street, this restaurant turns out crave-able 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.

Fried chicken at Coquette (Photo via Facebook)

Coquette

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 mimics much of the menu, which is to say it’s upscale comfort food. Theirs comes with hot paprika, whipped honey, and cucumber — elegant and totally delicious.

Manchu Food Store & Chinese Kitchen

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.

McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’ (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’

An establishment that’s been serving Treme residents for years, McHardy’s is a go-to place for some good ol’ fried chicken. You’ll find this soul food spot on N. Broad Street. The experience is not complete without the sides, which include mac n’ cheese, potato salad, and fried okra. Known for its great seasoning and good value, this spot won’t disappoint.

Willa Jean

This restaurant hasn’t been here for decades, but it has lots to offer. Down in the CBD, Willa Jean has more to its menus than just pastries and coffee. On the lunch and dinner menus you’ll find the fried chicken sandwich – crispy and served with serrano slaw and a Hawaiian roll, this take on a classic dish will satisfy your craving in a beautiful, airy setting.

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