Whoever said Bostonians don’t know great fried chicken have never been to these five haute spots. From the sweet southern version served atop a savory buttermilk waffle to a spiced up dish served at a haute new location, here’s a look at some of Boston’s best interpretations of this southern favorite.
1 Darryl's Corner Bar & KitchenDarryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen
After just one taste of the sweet and crunchy combination of Darryl's fried boneless chicken strips, you won't believe you aren't down south. The South End's standout dish is served atop a homemade buttermilk waffle. Top it off with some creamy butter and maple syrup and you'll be glad you chose to indulge. If chicken and waffles aren't your thing, go for the "glorifried" chicken dinner served with a choice of two sides like candied yams, polenta cake and garlic mashed potatoes.
604 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA 02108
2 Buttermilk & BourbonButtermilk & Bourbon
Last month, chef/owner Jason Santos opened this Back Bay haute spot serving up specialties like his signature buttermilk fried chicken dinner. Served with a side of Nashville heat, white barbecue or sweet and spicy sauces, the blue-haired chef's menu is all about comfort fare at this New Orleans inspired restaurant that has quickly captured the appetite of hungry Bostonians.
160 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02116
3 Sweet CheeksSweet Cheeks
The buttermilk fried chicken tray is more like a full-on platter chock full of all things to warm your belly. The dish comes with a choice of one cold and one hot scoop - think collard greens, black eyed peas, BBQ beans, mac 'n cheese, cole slaw, carrot raisin salad and classic potato salad.
1381 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215
4 Moonshine 152Moonshine 152
You won't find traditional buffalo wings on the starter menu here. Instead, think buttermilk fried chicken wings served with a tasty poblano ranch dressing and side of celery parsley slaw. This fun haute spot brought to us by Chef Asia Mei serves up twists on other favorites like Irish curry and throwback Korean BBQ tacos in the former Franklin Southie space.
152 Dorchester Avenue Boston, MA 02127
5 Brassica Kitchen & CafeBrassica Kitchen + Cafe
If you come here on a Tuesday night, you will enjoy a plate of boneless, crunchy, uber juicy, fried chicken topped with a sweet dash of maple umeboshi served with a side of blues and barbecue. This comfortable neighborhood restaurant comes alive with live blues music starting at 7 p.m., but be sure to arrive early to avoid a wait because the word is now out. What makes this haute spot so homey is all of the barbecue sauces and condiments are made in house by chefs Jeremy Kean and Phil Kruta, so you truly feel like you are dining in their own personal kitchen.
3710 Washington Street Boston, MA 02130