13 Fried Chicken Restaurants to Debate About

Are you caught up in the Popeyes and Chick-fil-a debate

There are not many people who love a good fried chicken sandwich more than CurEat founder Steve Mangano. He loves it so much he created a CurEat list of 13 fried chicken restaurants to help you expand the fried chicken debate beyond the fast food plate. Steve believes that the true gems are the independent restaurants that go one step further in the fried chicken sandwich game, sourcing quality ingredients that result in a mouth watering bird that is worth getting out of your car for.

The 13 restaurants on Steve’s list range from CurEater and James Beard Award-winning Ashley Christensen’s Beasley’s Chicken + Honeyin his hometown of Raleigh, NC to Yardbird in his college hometown of Miami Beach.  Nashville has its own hot chicken debate. Like basketball in North Carolina, folks in Nashville have a strong allegiance to one hot chicken sandwich or the other. Steve wimped out and put both Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B’s on his list. Can you really blame him? The sleeper is Buxton Hall BBQ in Asheville, NC. Huh? Yes, we said the same thing.

Steve says, “Don’t get me wrong, I love the BBQ there, but I literally don’t leave town without a Buxton Hall fried chicken sandwich. Always to go. Sometimes I show restraint and make it down Black Mountain before eating it.”

If you’re venturing north on I-95, he has you covered with fried chicken restaurants from Saison market in Richmond, one of his favorite food towns, to BRD at R. House Food Hall in Baltimore. Steve is forever grateful to CurEater and food writer Amy Langrher for introducing him to BRD’s fried chicken deliciousness. 

Now it’s your turn to explore these great fried chicken restaurants. If you have recommendations on where to eat a solid fried chicken sandwich, then create and share your own CurEat list. Steve is looking to try some new places that he can add to his list.

Be sure to check out Steve’s full list: Fried Chicken Sandwich Not Popeyes or CFA.

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