If good fried chicken were as easy to come by as it is to describe, there’d be a lot fewer vegetarians in the world. When it’s crunchy and well-seasoned on the outside yet tender and juicy on the inside, resistance is futile. But far too often, the skin is doughy or dripping grease or peeling off like a nasty scab while the meat is half-raw or dry and stringy. Then no one eats it, and everyone’s depressed that a bird had to die for nothing, and the herbivores win.
Fortunately, 13 places help preserve the integrity of the food chain by serving the best damn fried chicken in and around Denver.
According to legend, Nashville’s now-iconic hot chicken was invented as a means of punishment for a cheating boyfriend -- who was lucky the cayenne pepper covering his dinner wasn’t mixed with poison, because instead of spitting it all out he scarfed it all down, and a tradition was born. Frank Bonanno does that tradition justice, which means your own dinner will probably get mixed with perspiration as you sweat all over the plate. Still, you won’t be able to stop eating, so come with a clean forehead as well as an empty gut.