Food & Drink

The 8 Best Fried Chicken Spots in Philly

Published On 03/05/2014 Published On 03/05/2014
fried chicken thrillist
Sebastian Davis
Vanessa Beahn/The Fat Ham
Stephen Yaeger/Jones
Federal Donuts
Twisted Tail
Rex 1516
The Industry
Percy Street BBQ
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1. The Fat Ham 3131 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Old City)

Southern-inspired eatery Fat Ham serves up pork pretty much any way you can imagine it: from ham and eggs to their charcuterie platter, you're bound to get your down-home, Southern fix here.

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2. Federal Donuts 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

The third location of the donut franchise is at Citizens Bank Park and serves Section 140 with twice-fried chili-garlic and barbecue-glazed bird, plus out-of-left-field sugared 'nuts like lemon creme and chocolate malted.

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3. Percy Street Barbecue 900 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Philadelphia)

From the crew behind Zahav and Xochitl, Percy's serving up authentic Texas-style BBQ by the pound/half-pound, plus beers by the gallon/half-gallon in the former Crescent City spot now decked out as a red & beige 150-seater with church pew seating at padded leather-topped tables, and above-bar lights inside green gallon jugs suspended with pulley hooks from meat lockers.

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4. The Twisted Tail 509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

The Twisted Tail's a hulking two-story joint from a classically trained actor who, while touring Tennessee with his theater company, fell in love with the Deep South's food, drink, and music, and has now launched his tribute to bourbon and blues, the most notable Southern combination since Brooks & Dunn.

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5. Jones Restaurant 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

Though known for their brunch, this eatery runs the gamut with its cuisine, serving up everything from chicken tandoori kebabs to chicken and waffles.

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6. Sbraga 440 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (Center City West)

Top Chef champ Kevin Sbraga's eponymous joint offers a predominantly prix-fixe global menu in an interior full of repurposed fir-planked walls, low-slung leather & tweed banquettes, and vintage-look Edison-style lighting.

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7. Rex 1516 1516 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (G Ho)

From the crew behind Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516 is a breezy 35-seater that pairs an interior reminiscent of a derelict mansion (wrought iron chandeliers, antique mirrors, distressed woodwork) with a Mobile-bred, chef-prepped menu that covers all the Deep South culinary bases. With ongoing whiskey specials and a killer burger (and a home run mac n’ cheese), you get both killer food and drink under one roof.

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8. The Industry Bar 1401 E Moyamensing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Pennsport)

Although the Industry Bar features some slick local brews on tap and serves a more than decent dinner, you'll wanna hit up the brunch inside the cabin-like interior to lap up some middle-of-the-day 'tails and super-tasty eats.