Food & Drink

Austin's 7 Best Bets for Fried Chicken

Published On 01/28/2015 Published On 01/28/2015
Ms P’s Electric Cock
Anastacia Uriegas/Thrillist

Top Notch Hamburgers
Matt Lankes
Dai Due
Ms P's Electric Cock
Lucy's Fried Chicken
Nicolai McCrary
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1. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken 117 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

How did Gus’s chicken become "world famous"? Must have had something to do with the spicy-but-not-too-spicy flavor of the standout fried chicken. This place is friendly, fast, and the sides are worthy accompaniments to the main event -- check out the collard greens made with a borderline irresponsible amount of bacon and the insanely creamy mac & cheese.

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2. Top Notch 7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

Home to a classic Dazed and Confused scene, Top Notch delivers in real life as well. Whether you're in it for burgers or fried chicken, you can pull on up outside, roll down the window, and relax while you wait for your order to arrive. The old-school drive-in is known for its distinctly smoky burgers, achieved via charcoal broiling.

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3. Little Barrel & Brown 1716 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Housed in the former Woodlands space, Little Barrel and Brown is serving up some seriously good fried chicken, thanks to some brining, some hot sauce, and a little buttermilk. Be sure to try the Texas Free Range Buttermilk Fried Chicken on the dinner menu.

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4. Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

A former farmer's market mainstay and supper club with a serious locavore following, Dai Due is now a brick-and-mortar butcher shop and restaurant (via prix fixe menu or a la carte). The menu changes almost every night, according to season and availability.

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5. Ms. P's Electric Cock 1101 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

A pair of TX Culinary Institute alums are helping fulfill a relative's dream of starting a fried chicken joint with this neon orange-sign'd Airstream, serving SoCo antibiotic-free Gonzalez-sourced birds brined in buttermilk.

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6. Thai­-Kun 1104 East Sixth St, Austin, TX 78702

Located at the back of Wonderland, Thai-Kun is a food truck collaboration from chefs Paul Qui and Thai Changthong, offering up Thai-inspired dishes like Beef Panang Curry. Grab a seat at one of their picnic tables.