Southern Fried Chicken. In the South those are three very important words. So whether you live in Atlanta or are here for a visit, eating some of our comfort-fried food at its finest is a must. Lots of restaurants make a great piece of fried chicken, but we chose the top 5 best restaurants for the ultimate, melt-in-your mouth fried chicken dishes in Atlanta in 2017. From the Southern Institution that has been a fixture on the dining scene for over 70 years to the some of the finer restaurants one who only serves their scrumptious fried chicken special one night a week, here are the best spots for fried chicken in around our city in 2017.
1 Watershed on Peachtree
Never an empty seat at this fine restaurant Wednesday evenings. This former Indigo Girls Emily Saliers owned restaurant is known for their great food and atmosphere but it is Fried Chicken Wednesdays that really puts this place on the map. This unforgettable fried chicken is always crispy on the outside with and juicy and flavorful on the inside. A little bit like magic. Our favorite part, aside from the chicken, is the fluffy homemade biscuits that come with the meal and are served with butter and honey. The perfect sweet and salty combo.
1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
2 Mary Mac's Tea Room
An Atlanta institution still serving the same true Southern fare (with a few upgrades) 70 years later. You know the food is good when lines form every Sunday and people wait for hours to grab a table. The service and menu may be a bit "Old southern traditional" but the fried chicken remains the perfect meal. From regulars to out-of-towners and a host of celebs, there is a reason why this place is a must-visit spot. And the fried chicken can't be passed over. As for the sides, get ready for a long list of choices.
224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308
3 South City Kitchen
Whichever location (Vinings, Buckhead, Midtown) you choose, you can always count on the fried chicken to cheer you up and make your mouth water. A customer (and celebrity fave), it is made using Signature Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken with collard greens, red bliss potatoes and honey-thyme jus.
Multiple locations: Midtown, Buckhead and Vinings
4 JCT Kitchen
This brilliant concept by Chef Ford Fry features a modern twist on Southern comfort food on the Westside with a upbeat vibe and a gorgeous patio with breathtaking views. Although the menu changes with the season, one thing remains a favorite: JCT Fried Chicken, served with collard greens, buttermilk biscuits and house made hot sauce.
1198 Howell Mill Road, No. 18, Atlanta, GA. 30318
5 Hop's Chicken
It's all about fried chicken at Chef Linton Hopkins Hop's Chicken located in the hip Ponce City Market. Nashville hot chicken fried chicken sandwich on a toasted bun with homemade B&B pickles is almost a requirement.
Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308