Next to sweatpants, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything as comforting as fried chicken (and we're pretty damn good at wearing sweatpants). Whether it's served on its own, or on top of waffles at one of Philly's best boozy brunches, our town batters birds better than anyplace outside the Deep South, and these 8 local restaurants have all the proof you need.
Old City Now open for lunch, this Southern-style joint does extra-juicy and extra-spicy fried chicken that's plated on ranch-covered bread that really isn't meant to be eaten, only to counteract the spiciness (but go ahead, did you hear us say it's got ranch on it?!).
Center City If you're jonesing for something more than just deep-fried protein AND buttery Belgian-style carbs, know that JR tops its chicken and waffles with a thick chicken noodle soup-style gravy that might be just as good on its own.
Old City There are 74 types of federal buildings you can line up to get inside, but the only one you actually want to line up to get inside is this much-lauded fry shop where they're serving up dry-cured and double-fried Korean-style bird, and, as the name suggests, some of the city's best fresh-fried cake-rings.
South Street When you get bored with the same old waffle underneath your chicken, this little piggy has chicken and sweet potato waffles to try for Sunday brunch. Not only that, they tout an awesome selection of suds that wash it down well.
Rittenhouse Square Nashville hot chicken, a Tennessee staple, is made with birds brought in from Griggstown Farms, that're brine'd in buttermilk, covered in cayenne-spiced flour, and after they hit the fryer, paired with Southern classics like ranch dressing, coleslaw, and pickles.
South Street West Chicken thighs and drumsticks soak in sweet tea for 24hrs, then get coated in flour and hot sauce buttermilk, and dropped in the fryer (twice!), before being plated with the kind of down-home food (tater tots, collard greens, etc.) that totally Rex appetites if you're not careful.
Old City/Pennsport These birds get a three-day bath before getting all gussied up in flour and deep-fried grease, finished with some honey glaze and sambal, and dropped on a skillet of cornbread, or potato salad, though you should probably skip the latter, unless Chris Rock is wrong and there is something wrong with the former.
Washington Square West Opened by the crew behind Zahav and Xochitl, this authentic Texas-style BBQ spot does meat by the pound/half-pound, plus beers by the gallon/half-gallon in a red & beige 150-seater that's also a go-to for some sweet chicken, which they'll Q-up whole, or fry and make badass biscuit sandwiches with, obviously.
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