A Tour of the Best Fried Chicken in the United States

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Haute Living takes you on a tour of some of the best restaurants in the United States for fried chicken. Though fried chicken traces its origins to the South, many innovative chefs across the country have put their own spin on the classic dish. Read on to see if your favorite spot made the list.

Pies-N-Thighs – Brooklyn, NY

Located in Williamsburg, this spot is known for fried chicken seasoned with paprika, black pepper and cayenne. [Pic: Bionic Bites]

Momofuku Noodle Bar – New York, NY

This East Village restaurant requires a group of four to eight people and orders must be reserved online. But many believe it’s worth the hassle. David Chang serves two styles of fried chicken in one sitting: Southern with Old Bay seasoning and a spicy Korean version. You can even wrap hot pieces of meat in moo shy pancakes with a variety of sweet and salty sauces. [Pic: Serious Eats]

Crisp – Chicago, IL

This place has half-dozen versions of Korean fried chicken. Seoul Sassy birds are dipped in a garlic-ginger-soy blend, dusted with flour and the double-fried to finish. [Pic: Nom.Ms]

Son of a Gun – Los Angeles, CA

Chefs Winny Dotolo and Jon Shook (of Animal) serve a perfect fried-chicken sandwich inspired by Georgia-based Chick-fil-A and Oakland’s Bakesale Betty. Son of a Gun’s version comes piled with spicy pickle slaw, shredded lettuce and Sriracha aoli in a brioche bun. [Pic: Darin Dines]

Birch & Barley – Washington, DC

Winner of Food & Wine’s People’s Best new Chef Mid-Atlantic Kyle Bailey upgrades fried chicken with Belgian waffles during brunch service. The serving comes with buttered pecans and a maple-chicken jus. If you’re thirsty, the restaurant also has a massive beer list with more than 500 bottles to choose from. [Pic: Shutterte]

Perry St – New York, NY

Jean-Georges Vongerichten creates the perfect crust on his elegant fried chicken by using a whipped cream siphon to apply the batter as foam. [Pic: Eat Big Apple]

Ad Hoc – Napa Valley, CA

Chef Thomas Keller soaks his fried chicken in lemony brine before frying it to give the dish added flavor. The chicken is served every other Monday at Ad Hoc and is one of the most popular dishes. [Pic: Alexis Napa]

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill – Las Vegas, NV

The Cosmopolitan Hotel lured some of New York City’s top restaurateurs to Vegas, including brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg. Blue Ribbon restaurants specialize in ultra-crunchy fried chicken made with a matzo-meal crust. [Pic: Flickr]

The Highball – Austin, TX

At this restaurant you’ll get more than just fried chicken – you’ll get bowling, karaoke rooms, live music and an eclectic menu that features everything from tamale balls to buttermilk-brined, cast-iron-fried chicken sourced from a Texas farm. [Pic: The Austin Chronicle]

Bubba’s Cooks Country – Dallas, TX

Formally a Texaco service station, Bubba’s is now operating as a diner and a popular drive-thru. The fried chicken here is brined in milk and spices, floured and deep-friend. [Pic: Dallas Observer]

Supper – Philadelphia, PA

Chef Mitch Prensky of Supper serves new Jewish Fried Chicken that comes with a spear or two of garlic pickle alongside the chicken, which is cured in a pastrami-spiced brine then coated with a mixture that includes more pastrami seasoning, then fried. Fried matzo balls come as a side. [Pic: Andrea Monzo]

Source: Food & Wine

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