When it comes to fried chicken, New Orleans knows how to get down right delicious. Here's a list of six spots that will surely tease your taste buds.
Willie Mae's Scotch House
The famous, spicy-battered fried chicken at this New Orleans comfort food staple keeps crowds coming back. Even President Obama stopped by during his Crescent City visit to savor the flavor. Located in the Treme neighborhood, these crispy, juicy pieces of goodness gained nods from food writers as “America’s Best Fried Chicken” and even a James Beard Award. Arrive early to avoid the lunch rush. Plus, don’t forget the sides! Try your hand at the red beans and rice, mac and cheese or the fried okra. (Photo courtesy: Willie Mae’s)
Iconic Creole chef Leah Chase still rocks the kitchen in her 90’s, and New Orleans food writers sing praises about her fried chicken. She can now even boast a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award. From famous fans to regular customers, the legendary Leah Chase captures hearts and stomachs with her down-home cooking.
The crunchy-battered chicken pulled from the fryers at this fast-food giant doesn’t hold back the grease or the Cajun flavor. That’s probably what makes Popeyes a drive-thru dominating favorite. The chain started as the brainchild of founding restaurateur Al Copeland in 1972. Spicy or mild chicken paired with buttermilk biscuits and New Orleans-style sides makes for a stomach-satisfying meal.
Manchu Food Store
These crispy, juicy, Chinese-spice tinged chicken wings make Manchu Food Store another New Orleans favorite. Many locals flock to this takeout food spot as their go-to for parties or tailgates. If you can brave the bulletproof glass service window and long lines (mostly the long lines), then prepare to get hooked to the fried chicken plates pushed out with super fast service.
Chicken with a side of Southern Hospitality — the many good reviews of Jacques-Imo’s focus on the inspired menu AND the fried chicken. Satisfy your chicken craving with Austin Leslie’s Fried Chicken, and while you’re here, try the shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake if you have any room left over.