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Fried Chicken in Brooklyn (this just can't be!)

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I have been scouring the web and various informers about finding good fried chicken in Brooklyn...and the results have been DISMAL! I consider the borough to be one of the food capitals of the world and I just don't believe it's true.

I am not talking about anything fancy, just good fresh fried chicken with decent flavor, preferably take out. Could be from a deli, or maybe an upscale food shop. (how about West Indian places in Flatbush???) I would even settle for a Popeye's once in a while but they are few and far between. Pudgies used to serve our needs OK, but they are going Chapter 11. Meisner's Kosher take-out on Avenue I in Midwood can be OK, but often too much breading. The phrase "fried chicken in Brooklyn" gets only 13 hits on google. Something is wrong here.

Pls help.

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    1. re: The Rogue

      I had awesome chicken and waffles, ala Los Angeles' Roscoe's, at Blue Ribbon for brunch believe it or not...yums!

      1. re: Katie H.

        chicken and waffles, ala Los Angeles' Roscoe's,

        is that brooklyn?

        1. re: Sumby

          No, but Blue Ribbon is....it pays to read the whole sentence.

          1. re: Eric P.

            also pays to stick to the subject header!

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              I_<3_NYC_FOOD

              They did stick to the subject header...Chicken and waffles involves fried chicken. Blue Ribbon is in Brooklyn. Thus...fried chicken in Brooklyn

              1. re: I_<3_NYC_FOOD

                chicken and waffles, ala Los Angeles' Roscoe's

                nope

                1. re: Sumby

                  a la = in the style of. It's fried chicken similar to Los Angeles' (sic) Roscoe's.

                  1. re:

                    this whole time I thought we were talkin bout sushi

        2. re: Katie H.
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          Peter Catapano

          I finally answered my own question. Pollo Campero, the legendary Guatemalan chain has one location in Queens and one in Sunset Park Brooklyn (45th and 5th). I visited the latter and -- I don't know about the BEST -- but it is darn good and a cut above Popeyes, etc. I'm sure you could get better at a good sit-down place for $20 or so, but this is what I was looking for. Atmosphere-wise, it is not much different than eating at McD's or KFC, but it makes a nice meal if you take it home.

          Also, R. Sietsema from the Voice picked their beans as the best in NYC 2004 and they are very good. It seems like a nice business. Fast food with a friendly staff and somewhat of a conscience (as far as I can tell), and a foray by a Latin American chain into the US. I would encourage a visit.

          1. re: Peter Catapano

            Yes, you're right, Pollo Campero was among the best take-out FC places in the borough. You'll notice I said "was." Went there last week and it's out of biz. So I went to my other favorite, Luther's on Jay Street near Fulton Mall and it's recently closed too. Mama Duke's is also kaput. What's going on here? Can't Brooklyn support a decent friend chicken place? There's gotta be someplace. Is Kennedy any good? And while I'm sure Henry's End makes a good bird, I'm really interested in finding the next great take-out joint.

            1. re: Henry

              i always like kennedys. I'm not into pollo camperos as much. PC is really juicy and marinated chicken but as far as being fried and breaded like KFC, it really can't hold a finger to it in my opinion

      2. popeyes is pretty tasty.
        you can also try the other local chain. kennedy fried chicken.

        do a search on citysearch for locations.

        1. Mitchell's Souther Cuisine on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights has fantastic fried chicken.

          1. My favorite FC is at Corn Bread Cafe, 434 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th St.) in Brooklyn, 718-768-3838. The real stuff, cooked by a real Southerner.

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            1. re: KRS

              Unfortunately, they went out of business.

            2. It's not take-out, but Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights has some of the most spectacular fried chicken I've ever had. It's pricey (like 16 bucks for a plate - a BIG plate, though) but MAN is it GOOD. It's not your typical southern-style, it kinda has it's own thing going, spice-wise. Nothing too weird or out of the ordinary. Just good. I wouldn't go there to fill a KFC or Popeye's fix, but if you find yoursel fin the Heights and maybe want to go for a sit-down chicken, it's well worth trying.

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              1. re: Al Lawson

                Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. I sat next to a table having it last night and almost traded in my soft shells on the spot.

                The other place I like is Jack's on 5th Ave in Park Slope (around 10-13th St. area?). For $12, it's a very large portion with good collard greens and mashed potato. Dismal place, great fried chicken.

                Blue Ribbon also has a great rep. but you'll need a 2nd mortgage.

                For the once in awhile craving when inexpensive take-out is okay, there's a decent Popeye's on Court St off Montegue.