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. Last week’s celebration of National Fried Chicken Day reopened the file on fried chicken and had 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 the Top Five 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 – all of them are delish! Finish the meal off with some warm and sweet bread pudding that will keep you coming back! 2401 St. Ann, New Orleans, LA 70119; (504) 822-9503
2. Lil’ Dizzys: Lil’ Dizzy’s fried chicken is ammmazing – simply stated enough. Located at 1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 569-8997, Lil’ Dizzy’s offers breakfast & lunch (everyday 7am-2pm) and dinner is served 4-8pm Thursday thru Saturday! Another thing to be sure not to miss? Their amazing gumbo – be sure to not miss a workout for this one!
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 souflee potatoes, creamed spinach and incredible fried chicken you’ll be ready to walk if off on a post-dinner stroll through the French Quarter. 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130; (504) 525-2021; Dress Code: business casual for lunch, jackets are required for gentlemen starting 5PM and all day Sunday.
4. Coop’s Place: A local favorite for good times and good food, this French Quarter restaurant serves up incredible seafood, tasty drinks and down home delicious fried chicken! Coop’s Place 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. 1109 Decataur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116; (504) 525-9053
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 and let’s be honest, dessert really doesn’t get much more ‘New Orleans’ than alligator cheesecake! After dinner, head to The Maple Leaf bar next door to jam with some legendary jazz, blues and funk bands. 8324 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118; (504) 861-0886