Dooky Chase's (New Orleans, LA)
What you're getting: Everything (the lunch buffet is the stuff of legend, especially on Fridays, when they roll out the shrimp and lima beans)
Since 1941, Dooky's has seemingly had a never-ending line out the door for folks salivating over the legendary lunch buffet, which offers up a rotating daily dose of creole cooking and soul-warming fare. Favorites include shrimp & lima beans, po' boys, gumbo, and fried chicken that has become so iconic, you'll begin associating Dooky with crispy bird instead of that Green Day album.
Fish & Chicken Inn (Columbus, OH)
What you're getting: Combo #2 (three wings, four jumbo shrimp, greens, and yams)
It's all in the name at this tiny Columbus oasis, but the simplicity is a thing of beauty. Shrimp aside, this is a place where fish, like perch, catfish, and whiting, dominate the fryers and come as platters or between buns, and where simple chicken wings take on a life all their own. But don't discount their chicken gizzards, which come by the chewy/crispy 20, and the hush puppies that go for $.25 a pop and could serve as a starchy meal all alone.