Food & Drink

From Ezell's and Ma'ono to Quick Pack (?!), these are Seattle's 12 best fried chicken spots

Published On 05/07/2014 Published On 05/07/2014
Naomi Bishop
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1. Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey 4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

Ma'ono means flavor. Flavor means Hawaiian cuisine. This Junction joint is helmed by island native Chef Mark Fuller, who sources ingredients from the Northwest and the Pacific Rim to bring Seattle authentic Hawaiian dishes like poke and the beef- and sausage-based Loco Moco. It wouldn't be a visit to Ma-ono, however, without a round of chicken, twice-fried and umami spiced, and a least a little taste of their 40+ bourbons, ryes, single malts, imported, and domestic whiskys, either on their own or in a house cocktail.

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2. Restaurant Roux 4201 N Fremont Ave, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

Helmed by the guy who brought the po boy to Seattle with the Where Ya at Matt? food truck, Restaurant Roux is Matt Lewis' brick-and-mortar extension offering up even more Southern and French Creole eats in Fremont. His New Orleans roots, French culinary training, and Pacific Northwestern location all come together in the form of comforting dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, grilled trout, and ham-brined pork chops. And with names like Red-Footed Baby, Purple Skirt, and Doctor Boggs, even the handful of affordable cocktails carry on this spot's Louisiana spirit.

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3. Chiang's Gourmet 7845 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Chiang's exterior doesn't amount to much (its building was formerly a fast-food restaurant) and the interior resembles any average Westernized Chinese restaurant with bare walls, white tablecloths, and large, lazy Susan-equipped round tables, but the place is often packed with locals there for dim sum and family-style dinners. The long and winding menu features standout dishes like house-made Shanghai noodles, five-star chicken, and sizzling rice soup.

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4. Marco Polo Bar & Grill 5613 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 (Sodo)

When you hear Marco Polo, the first thing you think is DEFINITELY fried chicken. Or, you know, world explorers. But this spot in SoDo is slinging their famous "broasted" chicken. Which is presumably fried chicken that likes hanging out in gym shorts.

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5. Bourbon & Bones 4350 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Fremont)

Boasting "smoked meat, fried chicken, and whiskey," Bourbon & Bones is serving up everything you need to have an authentic BBQ experience in Fremont. What's better than whiskey cocktails? Whiskey cocktails served in mason jars.

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6. Waterwheel Lounge 7034 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)

The Waterwheel Lounge is a dimly lit roadhouse dive in Ballard serving Southern-inspired food and plenty of beer. They’re known for their fried chicken dinners and their original Waterwheel Cheesesteak, and they’re open every day from 2pm until 2am, and on weekends from 10am to 2am to serve brunch to Ballard’s masses. The Waterwheel Lounge has daily happy hour specials, weekly trivia nights, live music, and a whole host of games for guests to enjoy. Beyond the bingo, ping pong, and karaoke, they’re keeping up with the tech times with modern options like Guitar Hero and Wii Sports.

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7. Ezell's Famous Chicken 501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Central District)

For over 20 years, Ezell's has been serving up some of Seattle's favorite fried chicken. They've got plenty of locations all over Washington, and cater events, so they can bring their battered-n-fried awesomeness straight to you.

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8. Heaven Sent Chicken 14330 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (Lake City)

From the same guy who brought you Ezell's, Heaven Sent features all of the fried, bready, poultry classics you've come to know and love. The fried chicken is a no-brainer, but don't miss their signature baked beans, which are slow-cooked in BBQ sauce.

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9. Quick Pack Food Mart 2616 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144 (Central District)

Have you ever wanted to get delicious fried chicken at the same place you pick up your soda or cigarettes? Well NOW YOU CAN at Central District's Quick Pack, where they're serving up gloriously fried bird along with standard convenience store items.

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10. Pinky's Kitchen 211 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105 (Wallingford)

Proving sliders are more than just a vehicle from which to dispense hilarious, pithy quips about Jerry O'Connell and that fat bearded dude traveling to a parallel universe where penicillin had not been invented, are the two dudes (one behind Rancho Bravo, the other the former owner of Bizzarro Italian) behind the slider-heavy, BBQ-inspired menu at Pinky's Kitchen, their dispenser of "pig 'n chips", which is also a short-lived spin-off in which Ponch and John compete over chubby women.

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11. Kingfish Cafe 602 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Capitol Hill)

One of the few seriously Southern eateries in Seattle, this Eastern Cap Hill hole-in-the-wall boasts a slightly Gothic-inspired interior, and a menu stocked with family favorites like crawfish and corn chowder, Sho'Nuff fried green tomatoes, and their My Way or the Highway buttermilk fried chicken. Plus, they do a badass weekend brunch with bread pudding, chicken & waffles, and other stuff that'll make your diet head... waitforit!... South.

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12. Meander's Kitchen 9809 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Meander (sorryboutthat!) down to White Center for some good ol’ fashioned AM-eats only rivaled by yo mama’s cooking. Drop by from 8am-3pm for next-level dishes like the Punk House Hash and super-tasty Belgian Liège waffles with a bevy of toppings.