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Fried chicken in Alabama or Mississippi?

We are doing a driving tour of Alabama and Mississippi in the next few weeks. Any help on where to get great fried chicken would be appreciated. Also if you have a favorite(s) BBQ place that would great as well.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Try the Irondale Cafe for superb fried chicken! It's in a B'ham suburb. They have excellent friend green tomatoes as well! The South Board is chock full of BBQ threads, so search those if you don't get alot of replies. I recommend Dreamland (locations all over Alabama). The ribs themselves are good, but the sauce is to DIE for! Bob Sykes in Bessemer, AL has wonderful chopped outside brown pork.

    1. In Alabama, just about anywhere off the interstate that you find a cloud of hickory smoke and a parking lot full of pickup trucks is bound to be good. Dreamland is just OK. Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur is pretty good. I recommend the BBQ potato or a BBQ salad. But, if you really want some good pork, there's a drive thru up the road from Big Bob's called Whit's thats got the best pulled pork sandwiches around. They come with slaw and a nice, thin vinegar sauce. Its oh so good. Enjoy.

      1. Dreamland.

        If you're near Huntsville, try that one. It's the only one I've been to and it's great. I've heard mixed reviews of some of the others and can't attest to the quality of them. They're all supposed to be the same but........


        1. What towns are you planning on visiting in MS and AL?

          1. Sonny's BBQ in West Mobile (Schillinger's Road) is great BBQ. My Mom makes the best Fried Chicken in Alabama!

            1. Sorry, I may be too late for your tour...but hands down the best fried chicken you will find in Alabama is at the Tallisee Hotel in Tallassee, AL. They serve an amazing buffet everyday, but if you get there on Sunday morning you will be mesmerized. The hotel is located between Auburn and Montgomery. I used to work at the vet school and live just past the hotel. I still crave that chicken. Very crunchy outside and juicy and moist on the inside. So much flavor....Sinful....

              1. You would be well served to seek out Archibalds in Northport Al,a moments drive from Tuscaloosa....excellent smoked pork shoulder and the best sauce ever[I could die a happy man if I could get their sauce recipe]also Johnny's in Cullman has very good barbecue...try a bowling ball sized baker stuffed with outside slice smoked pork butt.HANK WILLIAMS JR has been spotted there from time to time

                1. if you are heading in north mississippi around oxford, you have to stop in at taylor grocery on a wednesday for fried chicken. meat, two veggies, cornbread or roll, and a drink for $6. dessert is $1, tax included on all. another great place is hamill's on hwy 51 in madison (just north of jackson). it is a buffet and i believe they serve fried chicken on wednesday as well. hamill's also has incredible bbq ribs and those are served on friday along with some of the best fried cafish you'll ever eat. if your travels take you close to memphis, it is worth it to eat at rendezvous bbq (in the alley across from the peabody hotel). incredible bbq as well as cheese and sausage plates.

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                  1. re: rrutland78

                    As far as BBQ goes, Dreamland is ONLY good if you like your sauce vinegar-based. It's too bitter for me. I prefer a thicker, sweeter sauce. If you're ever near Millbrook, AL (near Montgomery) try Fat Boys

                  2. chapmans outside of corinth, ms has unreal catfish & fried chicken. ed shaws in pickwick is the best in the south. big bob gibsons in decatur is your bet for bbq.

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                    1. re: cracker32

                      All of these are in Tennessee, near (around 20 miles away from) Corinth, MS. Ed Shaw's is at Shiloh, not Pickwick. Another good bet is Hagy's Catfish Hotel, also at Shiloh.

                      1. re: SallyW

                        Unfortunately Ed Shaw's is closed. The general store is still open, but the cafe is no longer operating. Hagy's Catfish Hotel is awesome though - incredible fried catfish and really addicting hush puppies. Great food.

                    2. Pork at David Gibson's Barbecue in Huntsville and sbarbecue sandwiches at Sam's Barbecue in Montgomery. OK Corral Barbecue in Muscle Shoals...

                      1. Did you go yet? Davis Cafe and Martin's in Montgomery both have good fried chicken. Davis, in one person's opinion, is the best meat and 3 in town.

                        1. The fried chicken at Mama Lou's in Robertsdale is the best around. The restaurant is only open for lunch from 11:00 until 2:00. It's located about 7 miles south of I-10, just off Highway 59. You would take exit 44 south off the Interstate.It's open for lunch every day except Saturday and well worth the slight diversion off the INterstate.

                          1. i see that this is an old question but if you ever make it back to ms make sure that you go to ocean springs to a diner called "the shed" they're on the internet and omg they have really good bbq and baked beans and a side called mama mac mmm mmm good

                            1. This one burned down. Hotel Talisi, Tallassee, AL............

                              Burnt to the ground.By M. A., 12/02/09The hotel fell victim to an overnight fire that gutted the building.

                              1. In case anyone is still looking for country food go to Ajax Diner in Oxford. MS. Good stuff.


                                Ajax Diner
                                118 Courthouse Sq, Oxford, MS 38655

                                1. If you are in the central part of Alabama I would seek out Jim n Nick's Bar BQ, or
                                  Johnny Ray,s everything is good. Also try the BBQ Bake Potatoes that they have
                                  Delish. Use to live in Hoover and Mountain Brook Al but now in Toronto Canada
                                  If you try one or the other enjoy and have some for me.....

                                  Johnny Ray's
                                  1460 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216

                                  Jim 'n Nick's 11th Avenue Grill
                                  1908 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

                                  1. The fried chicken at G's Country Kitchen is very good. Simply seasoned and very crispy.


                                    G's Country Kitchen
                                    2501 Oakwood Ave NW Ste 5, Huntsville, AL 35810