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Fried Chicken in the Quarter

Can anyone help me remember the name of the little hole in the wall spot right across the street from the Market that has the most delectable fried chicken I've ever had? I had heard this place was famous for it. It's a no frills kind of joint, seating is on bar stools, concrete floors if I recall. I think it's on Decatur, it's just down from Cafe du Monde. I'm a New Yorker, but I have a friend heading to NOLA soon and he's looking for some food recommendations. I wanted to point him to this place and try and convince him to bring some back for me!

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  1. Fiorello's (sp?) on Decatur. And their fried chicken is pretty darn good.

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    1. re: pilaf

      That's it...I think! Thanks so much!

      1. re: JGrey

        Yup, that is it for sure. I sat at one of the high tables in the picture. Thanks!

      2. Just a note of caution. Fiorella's has a new owner. I have not been back in town since it changed hands but the one report I heard was that it was not the same (one report is really not enought to form an opinion). Would anyone who's been there since Fiorella's was sold please tell of their experience? Thanks.

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        1. re: joez

          I was there right before Christmas and it was still as I remember it. Each time I go down to New Orleans, Fiorella's is one of our first stops. It is worth the wait.

          1. re: joez

            Unfortunately we have. Went a couple of days ago while in town for jazz fest. We ordered the fried chicken and fried shrimp - both overcooked. It's said to say, but Fiorella's wasn't up to par at all as I had been there several times before Katrina. If the fried pickles aren't any good should anyone try anyway, go elsewhere. If you do go and order fried chicken, be patient. It even states that on the menu. Jacqueimo's was very good pre-Katrina for fried chicken - well known for it. Try there.

            1. re: cindyccc123

              I went there Sunday and my fried chicken was awesome. Their red beans and rice was outta this world delicious too. Had a brownie with ice cream for desert, it was good but nothing extra noteworthy.

              1. re: cindyccc123

                it was good pre-K, because of Austin Leslie if I'm ot mistaken although he lef even before hUrr katrina to work at Pompey's or poppy's creole.

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    thanks, it hought it started with a P. speaking of which is Pampy's still around/

                    1. re: kevin

                      Yep, it flooded heavily but reopened recently. A chef who worked with Austin Leslie is running the kitchen. I went a few weeks ago and it was really good.

                      1. re: Frolic

                        was A.L's fried chicken there too? saw it on the menu at Crabby Jack's but i don't think they actually served it there anymore?

              2. re: joez

                Fiorella's Fried Chicken is absolutely "AWFUL" !!!!! Sorry, I know I'll get alot of flack. I wanted to like it, but it was awful. I my last trip to New Orleans, which was my 7th time, I wnet there. I had pasted by many times on all my trips to the Big Easy, and I had always wanted to go, especially when I saw the prices and heard that the Fried Chicken was great. Well, I went there last February, waited a very long time for the chciken (40 Minutes) and when it finally cam out, it was "RAW" in the middle. It was "Awful" The ambiance was not and the Vibe was terrible as well. "MYABE" the Fried Chicken is Great and I just hit it bad on that night, but after that experience, which was quite BAD, I doubt if I'll ever go back.
                DAN, NYC

                1. re: xpicassox

                  i tried it a few years back and it was pretty darn good. suffice to say, willie mae scotch house was shuttered at the time.

              3. right across the street is coop's place and their cajun fried chicken and rabbit jambalaya is awesome.

                1. Tugajues has some of the best fried chicken in town but you can't get it in the restaurant, just the bar. Not the fried chicken with a ton of garlic on top but just the regular fried chicken. It takes about 30 minutes, is a whole chicken, and comes with the worst french fries in town.

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                  1. re: Panama Hat

                    I'll have to remember that the next time I'm in town!

                    1. re: ballulah

                      I went there the other day and I have to agree with cindyccc. The chicken was overcooked, and ended up stringy. It also seemed like it should have been spicier. And the wing piece was uselessly inedible.

                      I did enjoy the fried pickles though.

                      1. re: Kingrover

                        that's so sad to hear-- guess I'm going to Coop's this weekend instead.

                        1. re: Jeters

                          Im disappointed, too. We have a trip planned in June and I have been making a list.. from this blog ..for must eat places in the Quarter.We are looking to try places we haven't experienced in the past. .This was one I was really excited about. Ive got Coop's, Irene, Eats, and a few others. Welcome any suggestions!

                          1. re: zetcat

                            Well. I'm sorry to say, but I had FRIED CHICKEN at "Fiorella's" last February and it was absolutely "AWFUL", as a matter of fact, the whole Experience at Fiorella's was awful, the Vibe in the place was BAD, my Chicken was "Raw" in the middle and absolutely "Terrible" !!!!
                            I LOVE "New Orleans" and I can tell you some Great Places to go to.
                            "CENTRAL GROCERY" is an absolute "MUST" and as most will tell you the only place to go for your first "Muffuletta" experience. There Muffuletta is "Fantastic" and the ambiance is the best to eat a Muffuletta (Old World Italian Grocery almost 100 years old). It can't be beat.
                            After you have your Muffuletta at CENTRAL GROCERY, take a 1 minute walk up Decatur Street for the #2 "MUST DO" on New Orleans Culinary Tour at "CAFE du MOND" for Beignets and Cafe Creme.
                            Also just a minute away from these Great places, you may want to stop by Tujague's also on Decatur St. and have a drink at the Stand-Up Bar, where the cocktail the "GRASSHOPPER" was invented. It's also a great place to eat (not Cheap), and it's almost 140 years old.
                            "NAPOLEAN HOUSE" close by on Chartres Street, is another NOLA "MUST DO" This is one of the "GREAT DRINKING BARS of the WORLD" get a "IMMS" which they are famous for. This building is 200 years old and the ambiance inside is fabulous.
                            Go to the "SPOTTED CAT" on Frenchmen Street in the Faourborg Marigny fro great JAZZ. or "Fritzel's on Bourbon Street.
                            I highly recomend, if it's within your budget to have at least 1 meal at one of the 3 Great Oldline New Orleans restaurants of; GALATOIRE'S, ARNUAD'S or ANTOINE'S. I especiallly LOVE both Galatoire's or Arnuad's and I feel LUCH is the best at these places, and lunch is cheaprer than dinner.
                            Domilise's has the "BEST" Po-Boys
                            Dan in NYC

                            1. re: xpicassox

                              This post reminds me of a Zagat's review.

                              1. re: xpicassox

                                best fried chicken in the quarter is at NOLA......the best!!!!!!

                                1. re: moxieman

                                  is that the emeril lagasee restaurant? really?

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Here is a listing of Emeril's restaurants.
                                    NEW ORLEANS
                                    Emeril's New Orleans
                                    NOLA Restaurant
                                    Emeril's Delmonico
                                    LAS VEGAS
                                    Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
                                    Delmonico Steakhouse
                                    Table 10
                                    Lagasse's Stadium
                                    Emeril's Orlando
                                    Emeril's Tchoup Chop
                                    MIAMI BEACH
                                    Emeril's Miami Beach
                                    Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House
                                    Emeril's Chop House
                                    Burgers and More by Emeril

                                    Emeril's Restaurant
                                    800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                    Nola Restaurant
                                    534 Rue St. Louis, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                    Gulf Coast Restaurants
                                    1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

                                    Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
                                    1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    2. You should get 25 pcs of dark from Chicken Box and stuff your mouth full of thigh skin. Greater bliss not found. The price for such pleasure is sinfully low.

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                      1. re: rg3825

                        I had the 2 breast/ 1 wing option. Maybe that would have been better. Oh and the macaroni was cold, athough it was still pretty good. And another complaint: Abita draft was warm.

                        1. re: rg3825

                          Or go uptown to Dunbar's at Loyola Law School & get the chicken & red beans combo. No booze, only open until 7pm, no atmosphere, but really good chicken.

                            1. re: rg3825

                              Third. We used to go at least once every two weeks when I was in school (back when it was on Freret), which is part of the reason my graduation gown fit like a wetsuit. It is worth the trip.

                              1. re: ana210

                                Fiorella's was once great but now I am truly embarassed for my city when I see out-of-towners going there to explore. Its quality has fallen so low that eating there is a miserable experience and I really, really don't want anyone visiting New Orleans and thinking that is what we call good local food.
                                Coop's is much, much better but you do have to navigate some pretty impossible service if certain people are working. Remember, it's really a bar with an awesome kitchen, not the other way around.
                                In the same range, Eat (corner of Dumaine and Dauphine) is great and a really nice, affordable place.

                                1. re: mid citizen

                                  I was there after jazzfest and my fried chicken and mashed potatoes were as delicious as usual.

                                  1. re: mid citizen

                                    tried Fiorella's once during the trip at it was good. Exceptional hell no. but pretty good. and it went surprisingly well with a few Abitas and a barq's in the bottle (love the barq's in the bottle).

                                    went the day before jazz fest, took about a solid half hour if not more but well worth it.

                          1. Praline Connection is not far from Fiorello's and their fried chicken is dang good.

                            1. Willie Mae's Scotch House has just reopened. The Southern Foodways Alliance rebuilt it for her. It "IS" Fried Chicken! I'd go there.

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                              1. re: ChefJune

                                tried to get there, but as of the end of jazz fest still not open. now bad in the land of organic produce, low fat, low cal, low taste, low sauce.

                              2. It's more than a year after the last reply here, but in case anyone looking for Fiorella's stumbles upon this thread - Fiorella's is officially closed.

                                Whether it will reopen with another owner is anyone's guess. But as of this week, friends in NOLA remarked that the owner took down the famous sign and shuttered the doors.

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                                1. re: dianalily

                                  What a shame! I know that Fiorella's had its detractors here, but I feel like I've lost a friend.

                                  1. To tell you the TRUTH, if you listen to most who have replied to you and you got to "FORELLA'S" you may be highly disapointed. I went last year and I was "Disapointed" that is. It was awful. I was grossed out went they brought me Chicken that was "Raw" inside. This place used to be good, not anymore and I don't know of any places that are famous for Fried Chicken in the FRENCH QUARTER. You have to go Uptown, to Treme, or some other neighborhood. Dunbars used to be Great, but I beleive they are closed now. Get in a TAXI and go to "WILLY MAE's SCOTCH HOUSE." They are Famous for Fried Chicken, "it's the BEST in NEW ORLEANS." !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                    1. re: xpicassox

                                      i heard, but i lack personal knowledge, that willie mae scotch house is not as good as a decade ago since willie mae herself no longer works there. etc.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        I copied the quip below off of Citysearch about Dunbar's. I saw reviews on them from two months ago so I guess they are still there. It's not the French Quarter though.

                                        -------As of September 2006 Dunbar's is back at 501 Pine St. It's on the Broadway Campus of Loyola University, just off Broadway and St. Charles. It's the cafeteria of the student union for the law school, but the Dunbar family is serving up just like Freret Street. They didn't have flood insurance and haven't had money to re-open. They do plan to re-open on Freret, but in the meantime they're open for business M-Sat 7am-7pm ---------------------

                                        1. re: texasredtop

                                          Dunbar's is most definitely still inside the Broadway Activities building on the Loyola Law campus, located at the corner of Dominican St. & Pine, just off of the corner of Broadway & St. Charles (a block of the streetcar route). I had the chicken last Thursday for lunch; it was as good as always.

                                      2. re: xpicassox

                                        I don't think Willie Mae's is the best and I had that opinion when she was in the kitchen. It just wasn't as good as all the hype. It's good, is it the best, no.

                                        1. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT go to Fiorella's Cafe. I am a local who had heard so much about their fried chicken, red beans, etc. Extremely disappointed. The fried chicken was okay, not great and cooked a little too long. My daughter and her best friend's mom had the "frozen" shrimp poboys which I simply requested they take off the bill. The red beans had to be blue runners straight from the cans with no water, no seasoning. The lone waitress was so nonchalant and it was just an unbelievable experience. Please don't waste your time or you'll be truly disappointed. There are so many other great choices in New Orleans.

                                          Fiorella's Cafe
                                          1136 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                                          1. re: noodles213

                                            My fried chicken from Fiorella's wasn't bad, but the service was just horrible and the place is unhygienic. The waiter kept asking us what drinks we had so he could refill them, but then he never actually refilled the drinks. We had to go to the bar to get silverware. I also think he forgot to put our order in, because 40 minutes after it was placed he came to our table to "confirm our order" and then the chicken came out another 20 minutes after this.

                                            I had more to say about the restaurant, but unfortunately it falls outside the bounds of Cowhound's TOS.

                                          2. I can say without a doubt that the best fried chicken in the Quarter is at the 24-hour gas station on North Rampart, next to the French Quarters Suites hotel. Not exactly great ambiance, but man oh man is that chicken good - perfectly moist on the inside, perfectly crisp on the outside with the perfect amount of spice and seasoning. The locals know it, too - at 3:30 am, in a kinda sketchy neighborhood (at a gas station!), there's a line waiting for the next batch to come out of the fryer. Finger lickin good, indeed.

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                                            1. re: monopod

                                              When it's straight out of the fryer, I like Rouse's.