Love fried chicken but getting tired of KFC? Well you’re in luck. Seattle has plenty of great fried chicken places around. So if you are in and around the Seattle area and are craving fried chicken, here are five great places to get them:
Chicken Valley Farm Stores
Chicken Valley Farm Stores is the place to go if you’re looking for fried chicken that is delicious but very inexpensive. It’s located in Pike Place Market, just past the Flying Fish vendors. It’s a rather unassuming little stand that most people pass right by; but those who know the secret of the juicy, tender, and crunchy deep fried morsels never miss an opportunity to order their chicken, chicken hearts, livers, and gizzards. The chicken here has just the right amount of spice and crunch, but of course, as with most fried chicken, it can get pretty messy. So be sure to grab plenty of napkins before wandering through the rest of the market!
The Kingfish Café is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It’s the perfect place for a southern meal, with menu items such as fried green tomatoes, gumbo, catfish, and of course, fried chicken. The fried chicken here is tender and moist, with the meat practically falling right off of the bone. It has a buttermilk batter coating and is served with creamy mashed potatoes and spicy collard greens. If you come for lunch, try Miss Mary Mac’s Salad: a whole fried chicken breast served over a yam salad with fresh wild greens and a buttermilk jerk dressing. If you’re at the café for brunch, go with chicken and waffles. The décor inside is pleasing and comfortable, service is friendly, and the owners are two sweet sisters who opened the place in 1997 as a tribute to their southern family.
Ma’Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky
Ma’Ono is Hawaiian for “flavor.” And while you may not think of fried chicken when you think of Hawaii, this little restaurant surely has some of the most flavorful chicken around. Naturally and humanely raised chickens from Mt. Vernon are used and served with kimchi, rice, and dipping sauces. You can order either a whole chicken or a half. Come with friends and order the whole chicken; you won’t regret it!
Heaven Sent Fried Chicken
Some say the fried chicken served here must really be from heaven. The spice is spot-on and the skin is perfectly crispy. The biscuits, one of the sides offered, are buttery and flaky. The potato salad is also unbelievably scrumptious. Other sides include baked beans, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and corn. If you any room for dessert, the peach cobbler is said to taste like it was made by angels. Ironically enough, the original owner of Ezell’s now runs Heaven Sent Fried Chicken, which has several locations. The back story on how this came to be is rather unclear, but one thing is certain: this guy sure knows how to make some good fried chicken!
Ezell’s Famous Chicken
Ezell’s Famous Chicken has also several locations, but no matter which one you go to, the fried chicken will change your life. Oprah herself has declared that the best fried chicken is from Ezell’s. The service is very fast, so you won’t have to wait long to taste the famous chicken. You have the choice between original or spicy. Side items include coleslaw, baked beans, homemade rolls, gizzards, livers, and mashed potatoes. Dessert options include classic sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. High quality ingredients are used and everything is prepared fresh daily. Be aware, however, that there is no seating, so you will have to devour your chicken elsewhere.
Written By: Christine Hanchett
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