Fried chicken is a popular dish in New Orleans, and which New Orleans restaurant serves up the best version is a subject of great debate. The celebration of National Fried Chicken Day reopens the file on fried chicken and has New Orleanians across town talking about which is best and why. With so many delicious choices, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one, so I’ve picked five places.
Top 5 Places to Get Fried Chicken in New Orleans
1. Willie Mae’s Scotch House. Perfectly fried and crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, Willie Mae’s gets it right. Not only is the fried chicken bordering on the divine, their sides are absolutely delicious: Get the green beans, corn bread muffin or the red beans and rice. Finish the meal off with some warm and sweet bread pudding that will keep you coming back.
2. Li’l Dizzys. Li’l Dizzy’s fried chicken is amazing — it’s that simple. Located on Esplanade Avenue in the Treme neighborhood, Lil’ Dizzy’s also has gumbo that you can’t miss.
3. Galatoire’s. A New Orleans institution famous for their lively atmosphere and classic New Orleans recipes, Galatoire’s fried chicken is a menu item that’s often overlooked. It’s a hidden gem that’s absolutely phenomenal. After the soufleed potatoes, creamed spinach and incredible fried chicken you’ll be ready to walk if off on a post-dinner stroll through the French Quarter.
4. Coop’s Place. A local favorite for good times and good food, this French Quarter bar and restaurant serves up incredible seafood and tasty drinks. Coop’s Place also nails it with their Cajun Fried Chicken made with their own Bayou Blend of seasonings served with rabbit and sausage jambalaya and coleslaw. The fun and laid-back atmosphere at Coop’s makes it a perfect place to go with friends. When you’re finished, head next door to Molly’s on the Market and try their famous frozen Irish coffee.
5. Jacques-Imo’s. This Oak Street staple, famous for the wildly fun atmosphere and classic New Orleans dishes, serves an irresistible fried chicken plate. With your choice of dark or white meat, you’re sure to get exactly what you want. You can’t leave without ordering the alligator cheesecake; it’s savory and a little sweet all at once. After dinner, head to The Maple Leaf bar next door to jam with some legendary jazz, blues and funk bands.