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smari Oct 13, 2006 12:04 AM

I'm craving fried chicken right now and have no idea where to go.

Any suggestions? Preferably close to Lexington. Looking for something quick, casual and very tasty.


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  1. hiddenboston RE: smari Oct 13, 2006 12:54 PM

    Don't laugh, but your best bet might be KFC! There are few good places for fried chicken in Boston, and even fewer around Lexington.

    Having said that, if you can get down to Alewife by the Route 2 rotary (about 10 minutes from Lexington), you might want to hit the Summer Shack, as they are supposed to have decent fried chicken.

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      libertywharf RE: hiddenboston Sep 21, 2013 03:35 PM

      Not sure if you saw the subway thread but this is similar to it. I'm not a kfc fan but there is one I swear by. On the Pawtucket/east providence line there is a kfc on Newport ave that is great. I'll try the one you recommend next time in the area.

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      gourmaniac RE: smari Oct 13, 2006 01:34 PM

      The fried chicken at Coast Cafe (River Street Cambridge) was reviewed in the Globe Calendar and has been the subject a number Chowhound posts. I think the reviewe was spot on. Dark meat is quite good but the Breast is a little dry and the sides are good not great. Overall much better than KFC, IMO.

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        GaryLovesFood RE: gourmaniac Oct 13, 2006 01:48 PM

        I think Coast Cafe's fried chicken is fantastic, but if you like your fried chicken greasy (Dom Irerra: "and mean that in a good way"), KFC supplies that element better. CC's is fresh and light. For sides, I like their cabbage a lot.

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        9lives RE: smari Oct 13, 2006 02:52 PM

        I like Coast Cafe's fried chicken.

        For something a little out of the ordinary, Mulan does a great fried chicken appetizer..Taiwanese style with chili and basil.

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          WineTravel RE: smari Oct 13, 2006 03:07 PM

          I can vouch for the fried chicken at Summer Shack. An order is very large. It's also nice that you can also order the chicken by the piece.

          1. GretchenS RE: smari Oct 13, 2006 03:49 PM

            Something Savory on Mass Ave in Arlington Heights (same block as Brigham's) has Caribbean-style fried chicken (a bit spicy and with cornmeal coating, IIRC). I liked it the one time I tried it.

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              gourmaniac RE: GretchenS Oct 13, 2006 07:06 PM

              I've tried this also but preferred Coast cafe. spicing was nice but I didn;t care for the mouth feel.

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              BJK RE: smari Oct 13, 2006 09:08 PM

              I like Coast Cafe, Summer Shack and KFC, too. Possibly closer to Lexington, you might get takeout from the Roche Brothers in Woburn. They call it "broasted" for some reason, but don't believe it, it's fried and it's good. Further out, I really like the fried chicken at Firefly's, too.


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                justicenow RE: BJK May 4, 2014 05:16 PM

                Broasted is fried, under pressure. It is a brand name of equipment and technique. I believe KFC uses a pressure fry process, but not Broasted Brand.


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                wontonton RE: smari Oct 13, 2006 09:22 PM

                Haven't been there for a while, but I remember liking the fried chicken at Bob the Chef's, now called Bob's Southern Bistro in the South End.

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                  jenga RE: wontonton Oct 13, 2006 10:14 PM

                  i agree with the Bob's recommendation. it's not near lexington, but the glorifried chicken is very crispy yet juicy. they also have sweet potato fries and jazz!

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                  WineTravel RE: smari Oct 17, 2006 07:14 PM

                  Might as well add Firefly's (2 locations) Framingham and Westborough. Surprisingly, they have excellent fried chicken.


                  1. Angel Food RE: smari Oct 18, 2006 01:22 AM

                    Agree on Fireflys - LOVE that fried chicken! They are actually in Framingham & Marlboro. Used to be the fried chicken was only in Marlboro, but I think they have it now in Framingham (might want to check if plan on heading there).

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                      bhyde RE: smari Jan 22, 2013 04:00 PM

                      There is a Popeye's in Everett in the south side of Rt 16.

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                        Chef Bwana RE: smari Jan 23, 2013 12:40 PM

                        Not "traditional" fried chicken, but the Korean style fried chicken at Bon Chon in Harvard Sq. is pretty damn tasty and addictive.

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                          David Kahn RE: Chef Bwana Jan 23, 2014 10:01 AM

                          Agree completely. It think it's double fried, and boy is it good.

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                            phreddo RE: Chef Bwana Jan 28, 2014 01:13 PM

                            Yes. This is a good one. The chicken is twice-fried, so the outside is extra crispy. I think there a place in Cambridge on JFK Street, as well as one in Allston. They also deliver.

                          2. maillard RE: smari Jan 23, 2013 01:47 PM

                            Has anyone had the fried chicken at Sweet Cheeks? It sounds promising, but I generally find restaurant fried chicken to be waaay too heavily breaded.

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                              Liuthard RE: smari Jan 23, 2013 02:23 PM

                              I'm a big fan of the fried chicken at Strip T's, though some might be a little daunted by the fact that the claw is still attached.

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                                Chef Bwana RE: Liuthard Jan 23, 2013 08:26 PM

                                Oohh! Can't wait to try it. And Dude, claw is not the preferred nomenclature, chicken feet, please.

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                                  MC Slim JB RE: Chef Bwana Jan 24, 2013 04:16 AM

                                  I believe most chickens prefer the term "talons".

                                  FWIW, the Strip-T's fried chicken, which I agree is very good, is served *sans pieds* at lunch, when it's on the menu.


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                                    kobuta RE: Chef Bwana Jan 24, 2013 12:01 PM

                                    As a along time connoisseur of chicken feet prepared in all ways, I don't mind the term claws as long as the pointy ends are not called "toe nails". And better if they are actually trimmed off first.

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                                      MC Slim JB RE: Chef Bwana Jan 24, 2013 04:11 PM

                                      I believe most chickens prefer the term "talons".

                                      FWIW, the Strip-T's fried chicken, which I agree is very good, is served *sans pieds* at lunch.


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                                        kimfair1 RE: MC Slim JB Jan 25, 2013 05:35 AM

                                        It was also served sans pieds last night at dinner (actually there wasn't a leg at all, just the breast and wing with breast meat attached. Still delicious, though.

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                                          Gabatta RE: kimfair1 Jan 25, 2013 07:31 AM

                                          No thigh? Bummer...

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                                    lc02139 RE: smari Jan 24, 2013 12:39 PM

                                    From another query about fried chicken


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                                      Worlds2See RE: smari Jan 30, 2013 11:53 PM

                                      Highland Kitchen in Somerville does a fried chicken special Monday nights. Totally worth it!

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                                        jgg13 RE: Worlds2See Jan 31, 2013 05:57 AM

                                        Yeah. I forget the price but I remember thinking it was a phenomenal deal considering how much they gave you (Maybe $12?). Loads of really good fried chicken and some hefty sides. After I moved to the 'hood I needed to force myself not to make that my monday dinner haunt for fear of expanding my waistline even further.

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                                          Worlds2See RE: jgg13 Jan 31, 2013 08:48 AM

                                          I just went and ordered the fried chicken and a draft beer. My total before tip was $22. According to the menu description "Buttermilk Fried Chicken -- Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes, Smoky Collard Greens, Biscuit & Herb Gravy". I don't remember how many pieces of chicken I was served but I did bring one home because I was full before finishing.

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                                            rknrll RE: Worlds2See Jan 31, 2013 09:33 AM

                                            From where?

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                                              maillard RE: rknrll Jan 31, 2013 09:34 AM

                                              Highland Kitchen

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                                                rknrll RE: maillard Jan 31, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                Oh, same poster posted that.
                                                I thought Worlds2See was posting that they just went and got chicken somewhere.

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                                              cambridgedoctpr RE: Worlds2See Jan 31, 2013 01:03 PM

                                              ok, i just tried Coast Cafe; it was very good though it could be spicier. I ordered dark meat; it was juicy and tender. I thought that the price was good for the quality.

                                              Does Highland Kitchen have take out; is it better? I assume that it is only available on a Monday.

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                                                Worlds2See RE: cambridgedoctpr Jan 31, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                I'm not sure about take out but I've always been able to grab a seat at the bar and been served quickly. I do know for sure that it's a Monday only special. (ps if you didn't know there is a small parking lot right behind the restaurant - entrance on central st)

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                                                  LauraBear RE: Worlds2See Oct 14, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                  Used to be sold as picnic chicken, cold on the second day.. which I guess would be Tuesday, really cheap.

                                                  I also like AFC (Arlington Fried Chicken) on Tuesdays at tryst, to benefit Arlington nonprofits. Best to reserve your meal in advance.

                                                  But Coast Cafe is my #1 choice. Sides are nothing special... pick up a salad at Whole Foods down the street first.

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                                                    Chris VR RE: LauraBear Nov 5, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                    Thanks for this info about Arlington Fried Chicken at tryst! I've been craving fried chicken lately and this really hit the spot tonight. Nice and juicy chicken, the coleslaw was a bit odd (with mustard in it) and the potatoes and gravy are just like KFC in the good ways, without the weird fakey taste that KFC's has. It feels a bit on the high side @$20 per box of 2 pieces, potatoes, biscuit, slaw, but not unreasonably so. I'm glad I took your advice to call in advance, because when hubby was in there picking up our order, they were telling people on the phone they were sold out.

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                                          cambridgedoctpr RE: smari Aug 20, 2013 06:30 PM

                                          growing up in chi-town may make me prejudiced.

                                          that said; this weekend i hit perry street where i had jean-george's fried chicken with scotch bonnet sauce. the sauce was great; the chicken good; grade B

                                          i hit bon chon last night: pretty hot; chicken only good grade C+

                                          i prefer coast cafe and even better Harold's in Chicago.

                                          1. MC Slim JB RE: smari Aug 20, 2013 06:40 PM

                                            Estelle's in the South End does a very nice fried chicken, but I'd recommend ordering the excellent gravy on the side instead of having it sauced in the kitchen.


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                                              CambridgeFoodie RE: smari Aug 20, 2013 07:03 PM

                                              I am a huge fan of popeye's in Kenmore Square...very good and value priced!

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                                                MC Slim JB RE: CambridgeFoodie Aug 20, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                I hope Popeyes is much improved since the parent company forced the original franchise holder to sell it for gross violations of corporate standards. In those early days, it was filthy and awful, pre-fried chicken getting soggy in huge piles under heat lamps. Just nasty.


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                                                  maillard RE: MC Slim JB Aug 21, 2013 04:07 AM

                                                  I think it's completely different now. The chicken has always been very hot and fresh when I've gone in the past year or so (and I tend to go pretty late at night).

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                                                    jgg13 RE: maillard Aug 21, 2013 05:34 AM

                                                    Interesting. I'd completely given up on that Popeyes, despite Popeyes in general being one of my preferred fast food chaiñs. Otoh I tended to go on game days, so I always wondered if hat was the culprit

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                                                      C. Hamster RE: jgg13 Sep 21, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                      I bring Popeyes into the game on occasion and its always been a solid B.

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                                                        jgg13 RE: C. Hamster Sep 21, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                        I always forget you can bring food in with you. I'd be too tempted to get an inner beauty sausage from dr pepper.

                                                        i wonder if he'd sell just a little bit of the IB sauce and then one could put that on their popeyes.

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                                                          C. Hamster RE: jgg13 Sep 21, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                          I have brought in his inner beauty sausages for many years now.

                                                          People shouldn't forget that you can bring in food to Fenway, I've brought it all.

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                                                    BostonZest RE: MC Slim JB Aug 21, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                    Maillard it right, in fact on more than one mid-afternoon, non-game day, I've had to wait a bit for the next batch of spicy chicken to be completed. They don't make a lot ahead.

                                                    I only order the chicken, I'm not in love with any of their sides. And I couldn't go back to their biscuits after having the ones at Sweet Cheeks Q.

                                                    Give the new team a shot.

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                                                      MC Slim JB RE: BostonZest Aug 21, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                      Glad to hear it. I'd heard a lot of raves about Popeyes from Southern friends, which baffled me once I went as part of a fried chicken roundup I was writing for Boston Magazine shortly after the Kenmore location opened in September 2007.

                                                      I rated seven places on three 0-10 axes: crispness, juiciness, and overall finger-lickin' goodness (an editor's choice, sorry). The results:

                                                      Bob's Southern Bistro: 7 / 7 / 7
                                                      Coast Cafe: 8 / 6 / 7
                                                      Packy Connors Pub: 8 / 8 / 8 *
                                                      Popeyes: 2 / 3 / 2.5 ("What's Cajun for 'appalling'?")
                                                      Poppa B's: 9 / 9 / 9 *
                                                      Summer Shack: 7 / 8 / 7.5
                                                      Tremont 647: 7 / 3 / 5

                                                      * I quite enjoyed the fact that I was allowed to include these despite the unlikelihood that BoMag's readers would ever patronize them.

                                                      I'd forgotten about the fried chicken at Summer Shack. Haven't been back there in a dog's age.


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                                                        catsmeow RE: MC Slim JB Aug 21, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                        Poppa Ba closed a while back. I've heard good things about Estelle's in the South End and wonder if there's any connection to the Estelle's that used to be in the South End on Washington St about 40 yrs ago. My parents use to go for their fried chicken and brought us occasionally.

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                                                          Taralli RE: catsmeow Aug 21, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                          Even before the old Estelle's was the Pioneer Club that had great fried chicken & potato salad - always a late night thrill: http://www.unionparkpress.com/black-h...

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                                                            MC Slim JB RE: catsmeow Aug 21, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                            Yes, I dearly miss Poppa B's. (Packy Connors is gone, too.) There was a rumor they'd reopen as a takeout place in Codman Square, but that never materialized.

                                                            I think the new Estelle's is a tribute in name only to the old Estelle's. It's owned by the Parish Cafe folks.


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                                                            BostonZest RE: MC Slim JB Aug 21, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                            NIce list to try. Popeyes is convenient for a gang on the roof deck but I'm sure there are many versions I'll love a lot more.

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                                                              Eatin in Woostah RE: MC Slim JB Oct 2, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                              I'm southern - Popeye's is sort of just a nostalgia thing. The chicken's not that great, but I like that I can get the spicy, which sort of approximates a much better non-chain in my home town that used to rub cayenne under the skin. My favorite thing at Popeye's is actually the red beans and rice, which is surprisingly yummy.

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                                                                kimfair1 RE: Eatin in Woostah Oct 3, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                I like the spicy chicken at Popeye's, but I've been known to go in and just get the red beans and rice. So good!

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                                                                  opinionatedchef RE: kimfair1 Oct 3, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                  well, if YOU're saying that, I obvly must give P another shot. :-}

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                                                          mats77 RE: CambridgeFoodie Aug 21, 2013 06:19 AM

                                                          You're on dangerous ground CambridgeFoodie: saying positive things about a chain is strictly forbidden on the Boston Chowhound board (see the locked, recent Subway chain) ;)

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                                                            tysonmcneely RE: mats77 Aug 21, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                            If chains are fair game, I'm suprised I haven't seen any recs for Pollo Campero. One of my favorite fried chickens in this area at a very reasonable price. I might even like their grilled chicken better. And I love their sides, huge fan of their fried Yucca.

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                                                              C. Hamster RE: tysonmcneely Sep 21, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                              Fried yucca would be served at my last meal...


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                                                                opinionatedchef RE: tysonmcneely Sep 21, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                we got all excited and scooted over there to Pollo Campero a few yrs ago. Very inconsistent. ours was tough. Haven't returned.


                                                                I've never found anyth i liked better than KFC (yep, horrors!but i would prefer it toned down and less salty.) Popeye didn't do anyth for me. I like herby or spicy in the coating or marinade but have never found it. Strip T's is clean and simple and def tastes like good quality chicken but no herbs or spices= boring for me. So I prefer the Peruvian roast chickens-Pollo las Brasas(Macchu pichu and C_____ in Chelsea(?)

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                                                                  divinebaboon RE: tysonmcneely Sep 25, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                  Just went there yesterday, the sides were pretty meh, except the yuca was awesome. The chicken was nicely seasoned, and the dark meat pieces were only $1 each, what a steal! I can't wrap my head around the green sauce and red sauce they have at the self serve station though. Was I suppose to put those on my chicken? When I did that the chicken taste was covered up by the sauces....totally not necessary.

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                                                                    maillard RE: divinebaboon Sep 25, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                    I would use sauces on the yucca.

                                                                2. re: mats77
                                                                  CambridgeFoodie RE: mats77 Aug 21, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                  Ha ha, you are so right mats77.

                                                                  We all have dreams of finding that small restaurant serving awesome food that deserves high recognition. In my case, that restaurant is BT's Smokehouse.

                                                                  But those types of restaurants are few and far between.

                                                                  I think Popeye's chicken is really good and yes, I have had strip t's fried chicken several times (most recently last week)

                                                              2. Jolyon Helterman RE: smari Aug 22, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                Put me in the pro-Popeye's camp: salty, hot, spicy, yum

                                                                I loved those fried wings at Packy Connors. Poppa B's was good, too, and the owners (?) were always so gracious.

                                                                I have not tried the Belly Wine Bar fried chicken meal, but I've heard terrific things about it. I think there's a decent chance that good fried chicken and a frosty glass of rosé would be my Ultimate Meal.

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                                                                  mkfisher RE: Jolyon Helterman Aug 22, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                  I've done the Belly meal. Perfectly acceptable fried chicken (I'd give a slight edge to Strip T's, but they're really close). I'd still pick Popeye's over all of them

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                                                                    Eatin in Woostah RE: Jolyon Helterman Oct 2, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                    We had the Belly Wine Bar fried chicken a few weeks ago. It was OK - didn't love it. Really did not like the biscuits - they were giant and hard.

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                                                                    grumpyspatient RE: smari Sep 21, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                    I liked the fried chicken dinner the Paramount had on the menu for a while. does anyone know if they offer it as a special?

                                                                    1. C. Hamster RE: smari Sep 21, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                      No love for Sweet Cheeks?

                                                                      Was thinking of hitting it for the first time next week....

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                                                                        ChinaCat RE: C. Hamster Sep 21, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                        I ate the fried chicken at Sweet Cheeks yesterday pregame (mmm....fried chicken, and AL East championship...tasty combo :) )I thought it was excellent. Very classic...crispy, slightly salty, and served piping hot.

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                                                                          bear RE: ChinaCat Sep 23, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                          I had a couple of bites of Sweet Cheeks' fried chicken last night and, in that small sample, also thought it was very good. I wanted more but there was too much to choose from and the chicken went fast in our group.

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                                                                        LStaff RE: smari Sep 23, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                                        I finally got around to trying the desi fried chicken at the India Bazaar food court in Waltham. The batter was very crispy and nicely spiced - not overpowering. I just got a couple wings for a snack and the wing itself was a little dry - I suspect from holding under the heat lamps and the bigger peices would be better. I'll try a breast and thigh next time.

                                                                        I used to really like the fried chicken at the Shaw's on Lexington St. in Waltham, then they switched up to smaller chickens and the breast and wings have been a little overcooked/dry ever since the change.

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                                                                          cambridgedoctpr RE: LStaff Sep 23, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                          go for the leg; the breast is likely to be dry almost no matter how good a job they do; it is in the nature of the beast.

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                                                                            opinionatedchef RE: LStaff Sep 23, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                            i wanted to try that when it was written up before, but My Love couldn't find it and came back w/ some other chicken from there. Do you think maybe they run out of it alot? Is it at a vendor in the middle or on the sides, or a vendor name you remember? thx!

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                                                                              LStaff RE: opinionatedchef Sep 24, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                              As you walk downstairs, its on the right hand side - they always seem to have chicken ready whenever I have been there. All the stalls are run by whomever owns Kebab & Tandoor and the market upstairs.

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                                                                                opinionatedchef RE: LStaff Sep 24, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                thx so much! L, is it spiced in an Indian cuminy-coriander way, or more just S and P, would you say?

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                                                                            windward RE: smari Sep 24, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                            JAcqueline's in Lawrence & Jacqueline's 2 in Haverhill have the most amazing "spicy" friend chicken.
                                                                            Both are small latino grocery stores. They also have rice and benas asnd empanandas.

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                                                                              Chef Bwana RE: smari Oct 1, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                              An ancient thread, but it planted the idea that maybe I should return to KFC after at least two decades. Finally gave in last weekend. It was as crispy and salty as I remembered, but was permeated by an off flavor I can only describe as "despair". It was 1 pm on a saturday at the Waltham location, and I'm not sure how long the chicken had been sitting. May have been a hit if it was 1 am and I was drunk. Sober and midday? Food of regret and self-loathing.

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                                                                                Bellachefa RE: Chef Bwana Oct 1, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                                                self loathing! verrrrry funny!

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                                                                                lossless RE: smari Oct 1, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                                The tatsuta age fried chicken at Ebi Sushi in Union Sq is pretty tasty. They nailed the crunchy outside / moist inside combo.

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                                                                                  valcfield RE: smari Oct 1, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                                  Did anyone catch that fried chicken app recently brought to strip t's? It said something like 'fried chicken and egg' and... as you can tell from the pic (not mine, uploaded by their new gm), looks like a piece of fried chicken and a scotch egg, which i would totally be down for... for the couple of days it was up, it replaced the moxie wings. dunno if it'll be back.

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                                                                                    katzzz RE: smari Oct 13, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                    Finally made it to M3 for the first time last night and I thought the fried chicken was as good as any I've had in these parts. Super-crispy coating, firm and juicy meat. For $16, dinner included a very tasty biscuit with apple butter and three sides (the corn was overcooked and bland; mac-and-cheese was gooey, good in that "step up from Krafts" way; and a real winner, big fat jalapeno tater tots).
                                                                                    One of my DC's got the friend wings and waffles, which included three big meaty wings and lots of waffles and looked like a steal at $11. Another DC had the fried catfish, which was garlicky good. Combination of good food, good beer and very friendly staff made M3 the place I'll go to next time the fried chicken craving strikes. Oh yeah, liked the pickles and deviled eggs too.

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                                                                                      Gabatta RE: katzzz Oct 14, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                                                      How's the setup in there? Kid friendly?

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                                                                                        katzzz RE: Gabatta Oct 14, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                        We were at M3 around 5:30 on Saturday and it was full, a few folks waiting around for tables to open up. It's a small room, fairly loud, and there were several kids dining (with their parents, of course). I'd put it in the mid-range of kid-friendliness. Not the best physical set-up for small fry (no room to wander around) but friendly atmosphere. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to give it a shot.

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                                                                                        maillard RE: katzzz Nov 4, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                        Does the fried chicken still have a weird cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice flavor to it?

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                                                                                          johnnymac RE: maillard Jan 31, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                                          was at M3 last Friday night at 5:30 and 2 of us had the fried chicken. it was over cooked and dry. i was very dissapointed because I've had it there twice before and it was great (and didn't notice any weird spice flavor). i hope this was just a 1 off, but it wasn't that crowed so i'll be watching to see what other have to say.

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                                                                                        scottya99j RE: smari Oct 13, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                        It's in the south end, but estelle's at tremont and mass ave has amazing fried chicken and sides (and sweet tea). The only downside is they don't fry breasts (not southern?!), but you get all 3 other cuts with the meal. Balanced, complex flavor profile of the skin (or breading...whatever you call the crunch)

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                                                                                          MC Slim JB RE: scottya99j Oct 13, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                          I'm fully in favor of leaving breast meat out of a fried chicken meal.


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                                                                                            cambridgedoctpr RE: MC Slim JB Oct 13, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                            agreed, breast meat is just too dry when fried; i have never had a good example.

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                                                                                              ScotchandSirloin RE: MC Slim JB Oct 14, 2013 02:22 PM


                                                                                              I'm fully in favor of leaving breast meat out of any chicken meal.

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                                                                                                brandywiner RE: ScotchandSirloin Dec 14, 2013 06:08 PM


                                                                                          2. C. Hamster RE: smari Oct 13, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                            Finally had Sweet Cheeks' chicken and it was perfectly cooked but really under seasoned for my taste.

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                                                                                              viperlush RE: C. Hamster Nov 6, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                              Just finished the last of my Sweet Cheek's leftover fried chicken. Also found it a little under seasoned, a little sweet even. But perfectly cooked and juicy. And I do like that you get 4 pieces. Tasted good hot and cold. I would rank it above Tupelo (last time I had it it was way overcooked), but below Soulfire. CBC's pickle brined fried chicken is also quite good, but it's been a while since I've had it so I can't say how it compares. Still hoping to try Coast Cafe (everytime I try they are closed) and Highland Kitchen (the wait keeps me away).

                                                                                            2. opinionatedchef RE: smari Nov 3, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                              In the Globe today, Devra First did a short piece on Jason Santos' new place, Back Bay Harry's ,142 Berkeley St. where Laurel used to be. .
                                                                                              She mentioned the crowds ordering "boneless fried chicken w/crunchy buttermilk coating, served over potato puree , w/ greens, BBQ drizzle and puffy, honey scented doughnuts."
                                                                                              Anyone tried it yet?

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                                                                                                The Chowhound Team RE: opinionatedchef Nov 5, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                A long debate about whether bone-in vs. boneless makes a different in fried chicken has been split over to the General Topics board. It was largely about the science of the situation and not about Boston restaurants serving the dish so the information should be of interest to hounds around the country. Check it out here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/923043

                                                                                              2. BlueMagic RE: smari Nov 4, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                I'm sure someone has mentioned this somewhere in this thread..but Chicken Connection has excellent broasted chicken. When I am craving fried chicken this is the first place I head.

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                                                                                                  Infomaniac RE: BlueMagic Nov 4, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                  Maybe not this thread, but I recently did in the Broasted Chicken thread not to long ago. I like Chicken Connection a lot.

                                                                                                  Today I stopped by Jacqueline's in Lawrence for some fried chicken which has a little kick to the flour seasoning they use. Really good fried chicken though.

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                                                                                                    thedryer RE: Infomaniac Nov 5, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                    I wish fried chicken was fat free! :)

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                                                                                                      teezeetoo RE: thedryer Nov 5, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                      Mark Bittman did a piece in the NY Times claiming it was, if not fat free, not a cholesterol bomb either if done right (I think it was within the last few weeks).

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                                                                                                        thedryer RE: teezeetoo Nov 5, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                        Ohhh you are talking me into it, thank you! My husband will be so happy!

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                                                                                                    CapeCodGuy RE: BlueMagic Nov 5, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                    I don't doubt that Chicken Connection has excellent chicken, but it's not "broasted". Although they may pressure fry it, to be true Broaster Chicken they must use the coating and marinade from the Broaster Co. Their site says they use their own marinade and coating. Sounds yummy, but it's not truly broasted. No big deal, but I'm still looking for the real thing from my youth.

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                                                                                                      Infomaniac RE: CapeCodGuy Nov 5, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                      Chicken Connection is truly broasted chicken, it's just not truly broasted with Broaster Co. marinade.

                                                                                                      Either way if you come to Haverhill you can take a walk down memory lane and get Genuine Broaster Chicken at Charlie's Variety. It's a variety store but they have a few places set up to eat in.

                                                                                                      Then you can try Chicken Connection for broasted fried chicken and compare.

                                                                                                      I'm lucky to have had access to both places for a long time, and the Broaster Chicken at Charlie's is pretty good, but I personally like Chicken Connection's broasted fried chicken better.

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                                                                                                        opinionatedchef RE: Infomaniac Nov 5, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                        Thnx to your and other CH's tips, we went up there today, intending to sample the CC chicken and then get cider donuts at Ingaldsby farm in boxford . i thought the fried chicken was v good. i liked that it didn't just taste plain, but had been improved by the marinade, subtle as it was.The chicken was moist and the frying clean. (We brought home chicken salad and a pot pie for later.)

                                                                                                        *Unfortunately Ingaldsby Farm is closed M and T * this time of year, so no chance to try those cider donuts.

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                                                                                                          Infomaniac RE: opinionatedchef Nov 6, 2013 02:50 AM

                                                                                                          Not much ambiance but good chicken, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. You're a tough critic.
                                                                                                          To bad you didn't hit Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury for cider donuts maybe another 10 miles north.

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                                                                                                          CapeCodGuy RE: Infomaniac Nov 6, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                          While it may be fair to call me a nit... "Broaster" is a trademarked term owned by the Broaster Co., a Wisconsin company founded in the 50s. The methodology might be similar, but without the company's marinades and coating it's not "broasted" chicken, just as it can't be called "KFC" chicken, even though all three use pressure fryers to fry marinaded coated chicken.

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                                                                                                            Infomaniac RE: CapeCodGuy Nov 6, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                            You mean it's not Broaster Chicken.
                                                                                                            I know who Broaster Co. is, and Chicken Connection uses Broaster Co. pressure fryers to cook their chicken.
                                                                                                            Broaster maybe trademarked but broasted isn't if you want to get technical.
                                                                                                            Broasted is a form of high-pressure cooking, and that's what you'll get a CC.

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                                                                                                              CapeCodGuy RE: Infomaniac Nov 6, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                                                              I suppose that is technically correct.

                                                                                                              I guess it's all Potato....Potahto.

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                                                                                                                Karl S RE: Infomaniac Dec 15, 2013 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                Or you can just pronounce it "bro-asted" for nits.

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                                                                                                        mikdoh RE: smari Dec 16, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                        Eri' s in Woburn is really good...good mashed potatoes & gravy also

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                                                                                                          Chris VR RE: mikdoh Dec 16, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                          Huh, interesting, according to http://www.broaster.com/stores.aspx?z... this seems to be "legitimate" Broaster Chicken (as discussed upthread). I haven't had Broaster Chicken in years, will plan to try this sometime. Thanks!

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                                                                                                            Chris VR RE: Chris VR Jan 6, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                            Following up, Eri's has SERIOUSLY good fried chicken. Even after a 15 minute car ride home, it was piping hot inside, but still super juicy. Nicely spiced and still a bit of crunch even after traveling. Biscuits were meh, Bisquicky. Coleslaw, a total pass. Fries were fine, but the chicken, man. THE CHICKEN!

                                                                                                            It was fried to order, so next time I'd call the order in, menu is at http://www.eriswingsandseafood.com/

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                                                                                                              opinionatedchef RE: Chris VR Jan 6, 2014 05:11 PM

                                                                                                              chris and info, i know you guys are advanced thinkers, but my brain is wicked confused with this broasted fried business.
                                                                                                              and the reason i really care about this is that woburn is very close to me , and except for the new tapas place, i'm not a woburn food fan. Soooo, did you get fried ,chris, or broasted? (and what the heck IS broasted?!and what the heck is broasted fried?) Maybe it's explained in previous posts, but i missed any explanation in the posts i looked through, sorry. and the Eri's website has no explanation either. Thx much for the help.

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                                                                                                                Chris VR RE: opinionatedchef Jan 7, 2014 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                Broasted is all they offer, and it's pressure fried chicken. You can read more about this technique at http://www.broaster.com/bbetter.htm, in a nutshell: "Genuine Broaster Chicken® begins with the finest quality chicken, carefully marinated and coated with specially formulated Broaster ingredients. Then, as each order is received, the chicken is placed inside the Broaster Company manufactured pressure fryer, designed to cook each individual piece of chicken "under pressure" in the chicken's own natural juices, limiting the absorption of cooking oil and driving the marinade deep down to the bone while searing the chicken with a golden, crispy-crunchy coating."

                                                                                                                What this equates to is a very juicy piece of fried chicken. The coating is crispy with a bit of crumbs on the outside- it's not the buttermilk/flour "shell" style you find at KFC. It's really affordable, so give it a try (but you may want to get chicken only, since the sides I tried didn't see much worth the effort.)

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                                                                                                                  opinionatedchef RE: Chris VR Jan 7, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                  chris, you are the best! th you; will try it soon. and yes, I certainly did see about the meh/crummy sides. I make some really killer biscuits of which my fried chicken search has been the facilitator for my devouring!

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                                                                                                                    opinionatedchef RE: Chris VR Jan 8, 2014 11:22 PM

                                                                                                                    well, long story, but we ended up getting Eri's chicken last night. very good chicken just as you both said! thx so much ..

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                                                                                                                      TechieTechie RE: opinionatedchef Jan 9, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                      Well, count me as the contrary one. I just had Eri's...and although it is juicy and the folks were incredibly nice. I thought the chicken was incredibly bland. ( didn't like Coast cafe either, for that reason. Guess I'll stick to Popeye's spicy, since my absolute favorite place, Jerry's Fried Chicken on Amelia Island (FL) has long since closed.

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                                                                                                                        Chris VR RE: TechieTechie Jan 9, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                        Bland, really! Huh! It was a bit overly salty for me (but I'm oersensitive to salt) but if Popey's spicy is your thing, I can see how Eri's might not float your boat. I feel like I remember a place with spicy fried chicken up on the North Shore, so if that brain cell resurrects itself, I'll let you know.

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                                                                                                                        RoyRon RE: opinionatedchef Jan 10, 2014 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                        Hi OC
                                                                                                                        Based on your recs I drove up to Eri's today to give their fried chicken a try. Fried chicken is one of my "guilty pleasures" and I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I actually KFC but only indulge in it a couple of times a year. I have to agree with you about Eri's version. Its not as spicy as KFC but it is well prepared with crispy skin and the size of each piece is much larger than the ones at KFC. I just ordered the chicken (thighs and one breast) no sides and it was very good. Now I'll have to restrain myself from going back too often because it is close by.

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                                                                                                                          opinionatedchef RE: RoyRon Jan 10, 2014 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                          well royron, I guess we're both in that KFC closet together!
                                                                                                                          I'm with you on that guilty infrequent indulgence.

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                                                                                                                            Ferrari328 RE: opinionatedchef Jan 15, 2014 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                            After all this I had to try Eri's for lunch today and ordered the two piece dark with a side and soda for $5.50. The chicken was VERY juicy and tender but a bit on the salty side. The mashed potatoes with gravy was bland. Given that the two pieces alone were $2.99 I think this is a better deal since it was two good sized pieces and despite being a bit salty they were pretty delicious. They also have parking on the side.


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                                                                                                                              opinionatedchef RE: Ferrari328 Jan 15, 2014 11:53 PM

                                                                                                                              agree on the salt but then my kfc is very salty too. ferrari, just remember -chris vr said the sides are yucky.

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                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: Chris VR Jan 20, 2014 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                    I got a 4 piece chicken-only order of fried (Broasted) chicken from Eri's yesterday for game-time consumption. Very tasty, juicy chicken, stayed crispy on the way home but too salty for my taste. Too bad because if slightly less salty this would be my go-to. On the other hand, maybe it's just as well it is too salty, far less tempting. Nice folks, a bit overwhelmed with orders, the 15 minute promised wait stretched to 30 minutes (all chicken cooked to order). A bit of leftover breast sans skin remained juicy today and not too salty, so the salt is apparently largely in that crispy coating.

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                                                                                                                      catsmeow RE: GretchenS Jan 20, 2014 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                      Do they salt it after it's cooked? I always usually order things without salt added...especially at ESK.

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                                                                                                                        Ferrari328 RE: catsmeow Jan 20, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                        Chicken comes preseasoned and that kind of surprised me.


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                                                                                                                          Chris VR RE: Ferrari328 Jan 20, 2014 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                          I think that's part of the "Broaster(R)" thing, there's a set marinade/seasoning. I'm with Gretchen, and it's probably a good thing this is a bit too salty for me because I would want it all the time.

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                                                                                                                            RoyRon RE: Chris VR Jan 20, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                            I tried Eri's for the second time last week and have the same criticism. Way too salty. It is very juicy with a nice crispy skin but if they cut back on the salt it would be much better. I think they probably brine the chicken but don't wash off enough of the brine before they cook it.

                                                                                                              2. viperlush RE: smari Dec 18, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                My ranking for Boston/Cambridge area fried chicken

                                                                                                                Sweet Cheeks- Huge portion, but pricey. But I think it is worth it since I'm able to get a nice sized lunch the next day out of my leftovers. And those biscuits are reason enough to go there.
                                                                                                                Coast Café- Have only had the wings. Enjoy the size of the wings and the spices.
                                                                                                                Tupelo- I'd rank them higher, but the quality isn't consistent. I've had them well cooked and moist and way over cooked and dry. But the price is good and I love the sides.
                                                                                                                CBC- Their pickle brined fried chicken is a special. I've only had it the one time, but I remember the pickle brining giving it a different flavor.
                                                                                                                State Park

                                                                                                                Still need to try Highland Kitchen

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                                                                                                                  opinionatedchef RE: viperlush Dec 19, 2013 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                  CBC? and did you mean to leave blank Soulfire and State Park?Must try Tiffany's biscuits. If they are anywhere near as wonderful as those at Island Creek, i would be thrilled.

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                                                                                                                    MC Slim JB RE: opinionatedchef Dec 19, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                    They're not cheap: an order of four is $10, but they are gigantic, and worth it, I think. They've become so popular that Sweet Cheeks added a second biscuit-only oven. The honey butter served with them is really nice, too.


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                                                                                                                      jgg13 RE: opinionatedchef Dec 19, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                      CBC == Cambridge Brewing Company

                                                                                                                      I've not had the fried chicken at Sweet Cheeks but with that possible exception the biscuits have been my favorite item every time I've been there.

                                                                                                                      I'm imagining that State Park is left blank as they had only been open a single night at the time of that posting. Kind of hard to pontificate too much when a sample size is limited to a single datum.

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                                                                                                                        viperlush RE: jgg13 Dec 19, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                        Exactly. Seemed too soon to really review the food. when we went it was opening night (7ish?) during a snow storm and a good size crowd. Thought that it was dry and didn't really like the coating ( too thin and flaky for my tastes). However, there is potential and would love to hear other people's assessment of it.

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                                                                                                                          bear RE: viperlush Dec 19, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                          And what did you think of Soulfire?

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                                                                                                                            viperlush RE: bear Dec 19, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                            Its been awhile since weve been there. Price wise I think it's the best of the bunch. $13 for 4 pieces ( one of each?) with sides. I remember it being very moist with a good crunch. I'm more a KFC person than Popeyes so I'm assuming that it wasn't that spicy/ seasoned. If they had Sweet Cheeks biscuits it would be perfect.

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                                                                                                                              bear RE: viperlush Dec 20, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                              Thanks to your post, viper, we got four takeout orders from Soulfire last night and really enjoyed the chicken. It was still pretty crispy despite the twenty-minute steaming it got on the ride home. The chicken was juicy and the coating was well-seasoned. I should add that I only tried the dark meat. Each serving comes with a wing, a thigh, a drumstick and a breast. At $13 with two sides, it is a very good value.

                                                                                                                              As far as the sides go, I had the collards and mac and cheese. The mac and cheese was serviceable for a takeout version. The collards were well-cooked but too sweet for my taste. My husband liked his side of beans but I didn't try them.

                                                                                                                              All in all, it satisfied the fried chicken itch and we will definitely consider it an option when I don't feel like making my own.

                                                                                                                              I also have to say that everyone working there was super friendly, right down to the line cooks.

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                                                                                                                                viperlush RE: bear Dec 20, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                Glad to hear that about the take out.

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                                                                                                                                opinionatedchef RE: viperlush Dec 21, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                lush, you inspired me to finally do a mini fried chicken crawl.
                                                                                                                                so we drove in today and picked up from a few spots:
                                                                                                                                Soulfire fried chicken- 4 pieces, with sides and cornbread (or should i say, cornCAKE- very very sweet, but moist.) Chicken with a perfect amount of crust, cleanly fried and moist, not greasy.

                                                                                                                                Sweet Cheeks: Biscuits with Honey Butter; Fried okra; Hushpuppies. Lovely lovely biscuits, wide, tall and tender (5 for $10 in the 'bucket'); okra lightly floured and perfectly fried pods, BIG serving; hushpuppies dense and corny but better w/o their odd sweet glaze.

                                                                                                                                Coastal Cafe- fried chicken thighs; beef patties. Perfect amount of crust, more seasoning flavor in the coating than Soulfire's, a little greasy, oil not as clean as Soulfire's (smelled like fried fish, but didn't taste like it.) Beef Patties are made there- fried wonton wrapper turnovers filled w/ seasoned ground beef and onion.Generous filling, simple and tasty.

                                                                                                                                So i've now had fried chicken at Strip T's, BonChon,Soulfire, and Coastal Cafe. I prefer the KFC/lots of seasoning style, so of these four, Coastal Cafe is my fav. I have read CH posts on CC for yrs so I enjoyed finally trying it. Thx much, CHs :-)

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                                                                                                                                  jgg13 RE: opinionatedchef Dec 21, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                  coast cafe, not coastal

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                                                                                                                      Labrys7502 RE: smari Dec 19, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                      The Arlington diner has good fried chicken. They do a great chicken and waffles.

                                                                                                                      1. enhF94 RE: smari Jan 9, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                        I liked Sarma's fried chicken thigh special a ton one night, and found it underseasoned a second night. It's early days yet, though.

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                                                                                                                          Ruprecht RE: smari Jan 16, 2014 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                          Noticed it on the menu at JM Curley's the other night, anyone tried?

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                                                                                                                            valcfield RE: Ruprecht Jan 18, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                            It's pretty good, but I prefer most of their other entrees to it, and that + it being more expensive than (just about?) anything else on the normal menu means i never end up getting it. if you're yearning for it, it probably won't disappoint, but if you're just at JM to have good food, i'd go with other options there.

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                                                                                                                              Ruprecht RE: valcfield Jan 20, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                              Good info, I don't like to waste that many calories on something that isn't their best.

                                                                                                                          2. MC Slim JB RE: smari Jan 20, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                            Sarma had a fried chicken dish on their meze menu the other night, which is brought around to tables (and tracked) like dim sum. Very good.


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                                                                                                                              enhF94 RE: MC Slim JB Jan 20, 2014 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                              The Sarma fried chicken has been on every time I've been, but sometimes it's underseasoned, and no amount of surface seasoning can save it. Still, lovely when salted.

                                                                                                                            2. LauraBear RE: smari Jan 22, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                              I wrote a post about Tryst then saw I was repeating myself. Sorry!

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                                                                                                                                Chris VR RE: LauraBear Jan 22, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                And thanks for that recommendation! I think I need to go one way to Woburn and have my husband come from Tryst and decide which we like better. Price-wise, it's Eri's. I know Tryst is donating to local charities, but $10 per box of 2 pieces and sides gets a bit pricey when you are feeding a family.

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                                                                                                                                  twentyoystahs RE: Chris VR Jan 28, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                  i believe it's $20 per box (order), no?

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                                                                                                                                    Chris VR RE: twentyoystahs Jan 28, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                    Woof, you're right. I was thinking that but then thought I must be misremembering, because that really is crazy pricey for what it is.

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                                                                                                                                      opinionatedchef RE: Chris VR Jan 28, 2014 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                      yes chris, i was looking at the JMCurley menu and saw what THEY were offering for that price, and was gonna post it, but then i read reference to the Tryst deal being about supporting Arlington non profits, so i wasn't going to say anything, but now...

                                                                                                                                      JMCurley Supper Menu includes:

                                                                                                                                      "fried chicken dinner – breast, wing, thigh & drumstick
                                                                                                                                      SIDES (pick 2) biscuit, cook-out slaw, mixed greens, fries, sweet tea
                                                                                                                                      CONDIMENTS (pick 2) doritos cool ranch “ranch”, black ale bbq, bacon and beer honey mustard, orange soda buffalo, Hawaiian punch sweet and sour $20. ."

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                                                                                                                                        twentyoystahs RE: opinionatedchef Jan 28, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                        i may try it tonight. it is off the menu and take out only and people around here seem to like it. it's true, i think $3-5 from each order go to the arlington education foundation; boys and girls club, etc. so that takes the sting out of the cost just a bit.
                                                                                                                                        to be honest i'm not crazy about getting fried chicken for takeout but i'm only about 6-7 minutes away from there so hopefully will still be good.

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                                                                                                                                hargau RE: smari Jan 30, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                I had fond memories of especially loving Popeye's Spicy Fried chicken but had not had it in at least 10 years. I got some last weekend and was really disappointed.. It was not spicy at all and was just mediocre at best.. They must have changed something in the past 10 years or so to mild it down.. bummer..

                                                                                                                                1. MC Slim JB RE: smari Jan 30, 2014 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                  Tried the InBoston Korean twice-fried chicken with the soy-based sauce. Little wings, big honking drums, very nicely crunchy coating and juicy chicken, but maybe a bit undersauced. Will have to go back to try strips and the hot sauce. Not as good as Bon Chon when it's good, but Bon Chon hasn't been great lately.


                                                                                                                                  1. opinionatedchef RE: smari Apr 21, 2014 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                    I have finally found a fried chicken that I think is terrific, and it is at Sarma.
                                                                                                                                    It is boneless thighs and has a very thick crust full of sesame seeds and flavored robustly with a number of herbs/spices. It is not on the written menu but was a 'tray special' when we were there last week. It was served with a piquant yoghurt based sauce. I am wicked psyched!

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                                                                                                                                      enhF94 RE: opinionatedchef Apr 30, 2014 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                      Heads up on those Sarma thighs: sometimes they underseason it, but when they hit it, it’s lovely.

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                                                                                                                                        Madrid RE: opinionatedchef May 1, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                        the only fried chicken i've had in decades, and i loved it at Sarma! Only complaint is that we asked for more of that yogurt sauce. We were sitting at the bar and the server said, "I'll try." Well,we never saw her trying and never got any response to it, while we did see that yogurt sauce going out all over lots of dishes (prep table is at the bar). Why would a tablespoon more be such a big deal? The chicken is served in a small deep dish, so we didn't even discover the sauce until some unsauced chicken was already gone.

                                                                                                                                        Anyway, both the sauce and chicken were wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                          opinionatedchef RE: Madrid May 3, 2014 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                          yes, understand about the sauce tho we don't use it much. But ya know somethin', e and m, I don't believe those are thighs. I have brought home orders twice now and if they are thighs, they have the only white meat I've seen on thighs.....

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                                                                                                                                            enhF94 RE: opinionatedchef May 3, 2014 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                            I was told thighs on night three, and it was dark meat. They may have changed. Although why they’d want to change from thighs is beyond me, since they’re cheaper, tastier and the fat would carry the spices better.

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                                                                                                                                              opinionatedchef RE: enhF94 May 3, 2014 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                              yes, i was surprised too.that's why i mentioned it.

                                                                                                                                              but e, where did you come up with :
                                                                                                                                              < the fat would carry the spices better. > ?
                                                                                                                                              This sounds v spurious, and, in this case in particular, a moot point- because the spices are in the crust/coating.

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                                                                                                                                                enhF94 RE: opinionatedchef May 4, 2014 05:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                We know from Modernist Cuisine that fat can be an excellent carrier for chemicals that get lost in water, and as I chew, I mix up the fattier chicken with the crust. So the spice flavor changes as I chew from what’s-this-dry-dust-on-crust-I-must-be-careful-not-to-aspirate to wow-tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                  Infomaniac RE: enhF94 May 4, 2014 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I have to remember to consciously try this chew method when I'm combining the two.....I like your thinking!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Infomaniac
                                                                                                                                                    enhF94 RE: Infomaniac May 4, 2014 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                    aw, thanks for the kindness, but I must be making this sound a lot more exciting than it is.

                                                                                                                                                    I meant I’m only regularly chewing the food - but since thighs have more fat than breasts, said fat makes fat-soluble flavors more available to my gnashing maw.

                                                                                                                                                    Unless you’re making a joke about actually chewing food rather than inhaling it, which would not be out of the question for any chowhound. In which case I bow down unto you.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: enhF94
                                                                                                                                                      Infomaniac RE: enhF94 May 5, 2014 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I wasn't joking, and when flavor is involved, I don't mind doing a little extra chewing.

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                                                                                                                                        Blumie RE: smari May 1, 2014 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                        I have not tried most of the fried chicken mentioned in this discussion other than Bon Chon (which I love when it's on) and Highland Kitchen (which I don't love as much as I want to, cause I want to love everything at Highland Kitchen), but I'm loving the fried chicken at State Park, especially the "nashville hot" spicy fried chicken. Beware, however, that unless you're a serious chilihead, stick with the more tame tabasco honey version. The twice baked potato is a great accompaniment to either version.

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                                                                                                                                          TechieTechie RE: smari May 5, 2014 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                          Actually, I can vouch for the Summer Shack. It has very, very good fried chicken. Moist and juicy, crispy exterior and a hint of good marinade. I've had it on a number of occasions (and just had some last night, as a matter of fact) and it was yummalicious.

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