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Fried Chicken?

A fellow 'Hound and I are taking off for our last beach day with picnic this weekend.

We both thought cold fried chicken was the way to go...But now I realize, before I succumb to the sad looking choice at my local Stop and Shop...or slave away making it at home...Maybe I can buy some good quality fried chicken somewhere else?

(I live in Brookline- so realistically, I need local...not interested in driving all over creation for 6 pieces of chicken).

Does anyone know if Whole Foods sells it? Should I venture to Popeyes? Suggestions please.

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  1. My favorites:

    Popeye's (Kenmore Square): Spicy, salt, peppery; big crunchy expanses that extend beyond contours of chicken itself. (Seasoned flour plus batter?) Orange-y hue that suggests paprika, cayenne, or more likely both; thick and crunchy coating has a long "shelf life"

    Poppa B’s (1100 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester): Meat very moist, both white and dark (not like many, where the white is way overcooked); crisp, lightly seasoned, Southern style flour

    Coast Cafe (233 River St, Cambridge): Fine, not so crispy, but nicely seasoned coating (herbs, pepper) and seasoned meat; greasy, but not in a bad way; homemade taste, like you’d get at a church potluck

    Packie Connor's Pub (203-205 Blue Hill Ave., Roxbury): Irish pub with no telephone; only makes whole wings, but they're great; not very salty, but quite peppery—black and red. Delicious.

    Skip: Chef Lee's Soul Food (Dorchester)---under a heat lamp

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    1. re: wittlejosh

      I am SOOOOO glads to see someone write about my favorite CHAIN chicken greasy joint!!! Popeye's happens to be a nationwide chain we can be proud of. I try eating at popeye's everywhere I go - and so far, only 1 place (a soul food joint in Atlanta Airport) has "better" (read: different and very good) fried chicken. Wish other chain places could cook as well. Try their dirty rice tooo - and if you like it and get a choice , fried livers and gizzards are great too.

    2. Have you had the fried chicken at Stop & Shop? It's really the kind designed for picnics - it tastes much better chilled. A lot of fried chicken that tastes great hot wilts when chilled, as it were.

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      1. re: Karl S

        Popeye´s, Poppa B´s, and Coast Cafe---see my post above---all held up well. Packy´s sotr of lost it after about two hours.

      2. I wonder if Virginia's or The New England Soup Factory might have fried chicken as a summer special?
        I have heard good things about Popeye's but have yet to try it.

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        1. re: ginnyhw

          I was having my hair done today and I was reading Stuff@Night Top 100. They list all of these very chi chi places and then they admit that their guilty pleasure is Popeye's Fried Chicken and Biscuits. They were going on and on about how good their fried chicken is. As I continued to read my timer went off and I had to wash the color out of my hair but it sure did leave me feeling hungry.

        2. Gotta say, the fried chx at Bob's Southern Bistro (is that what it's called these days?) is pretty damn good. I betcha they'd do takeout. Go nuts and get their chx and waffles -- greasy guilty heaven.

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          1. re: litchick

            People have been telling me that the fried chicken at Zuzu is really good.

          2. Got it!

            You take the T to Beverly and go to Super Chicken. Then take the T to the Ipswich Express. Go to Crane Beach.

            On the way home, make friends -- stop off at JT Farnhams in Essex for AMAZING seafood or the Clam Box.

            Enjoy the fruits of summer!

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            1. re: Adorable Girlfriend

              i loved popeyes too
              there was one in chelsea (gone now) and one in central sq camb (don't know if that is still there
              where are the rest of them in mass /nh

              1. re: foodperv

                There's a Popeye's in Kenmore Square about a block from Fenway Park. Other than that, the closest one to the Boston area is at the Westgate Mall in Brockton.

              2. re: Adorable Girlfriend

                Can you tell us more about Super Chicken in Beverly? I have never heard of it. Is their fried chicken really good? How about their side dishes? How about their prices? Thanks for any information.

                1. re: buffet king

                  Yes, please, tell more! This place seems to be down the street from the place where I get my hair cut, yet I have never noticed it.

              3. Anyone ever try the fried chicken at Jasper Whites Summer Shack? It looked like a good deal at $12 for 4 pieces. Never ever find that price in NY for FC. And what about Charley's Sandwich Shoppe? Saw FC on their menu yesterday.

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                1. re: Maddash

                  Yikes!!! $12 for 4 pieces is NOT a "good deal" -- it's highway robbery!! But that's the Summer Shack for you.

                  By the way, some of the best fried chicken around is at Cornerstone in NYC. 4 pieces costs $5.50 and 8 pieces will set you back $11.50.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    But you get a scoop of mashed potatoes!

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      Ha! I know-- but have you noticed that most fried chicken in NY city (barring fast food) averages $16? And you dont generally get 4 pieces. And it's not usually especially good. So compared w/ the rest of Summer Shack's prices, it seemed reasonable. Have never been to Cornerstone-- will def check it out.

                    2. re: Maddash

                      Summer shack fried chicken was the biggest hype i ever ran into! I read about their "pan fried chicken" supposedly made to order ... and so .. i hightailed it to the shack! Well ... when I got there they said they didn't make it that way anymore ..but on order they could probably make it. Well, to make a long story short, it was the close to the worst fried chicken I had .... and at that price I would have given KFC 5 stars (relatively speaking of course, since there are PLENTY of cheap eats places which make far better fried chicken).

                      Speaking of summer shack - i wouldn't recommend their fresh shucked oysters either - the shuckers pay little attention to the shucking and I have almost choked on oyster shell shards. I wouldn't say that I will NEVER go back there ....but the probability is low.

                      1. re: cornFusion

                        When the Shack first opened, the fried chicken was amazing. Jasper used to make it that way as a special at his original fancy restaurant, Jasper's.

                        The fried chicken was unlike any I have had since. It was seriosuy lemony, garlicky and herby under a very beautiful crisply fried crust. I remember reading an article about it where Jasper said that was how his mother or grandmother came up with this marinade In the article he was quoted as saying something along the lines of him not caring if people found it unusual, that was the way he knew fried chicken to be.

                        Well I guess he does care, because about a year or so after they opened the first Summer Shack, he stopped making it that way. Now its just crap.

                    3. The fried chicken wings from M&M Barbecue in Roxbury near Mass Ave are very good. They are only there Wed through Sat at the corner of Hampton St and Norfolk Ave. Their ribs are the best too.

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                      1. re: catsmeow

                        Do you know if they offer any other part of the chicken fried?

                        1. re: gini

                          I only saw wings when I ordered.

                        2. re: catsmeow

                          Just a minor correction: M&M is on Hampden and Norfolk. I am a huge fan of M&M and I couldn't find it for the longest time because I tried every combination of "Hampton" and never got close to "Hampden" (bizarre!).

                        3. I think thighs are the way to go with fried chicken: best flavor, least likely to get dried out. My favorite fried chicken is at Poppa B's on Blue Hill Ave, though I hear Mrs. Jones in Dot is also superb. Packy Connor's Pub in Lower Roxbury does great, oversized fried wings for $1 apiece. Sorry I don't have better suggestions closer. I was bitterly disappointed by Popeyes in Kenmore.

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                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            I've only had the wings at Mrs. Jones and while they were superb, there were no thighs. I wonder if anyone's been there recently and could report a change?

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              I absolutely agree. Thighs are the best-- I'm not a huge fan of fried wings.

                            2. Not the absolute best of it's kind, but pretty good is the ganpoongki at Buk Kyung II, a Korean-Chinese fried chicken with garlic sauce and pickles. I'd recommend checking if you could get it with the sauce on the side. Be sure to get the pickles -- it cuts the richness of the chicken beautifully. That's in Allston, so not too far from Brookline.

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                              1. re: limster

                                The ganpoongki is great at Buk Kyung (Union Square, Somerville) and slightly less so at the II location for some reason. You can order it on bone or off.

                              2. According to the latest issue of Boston magazine, Popeyes got a relatively low scoring compared to some other joints. I have to agree - Popeyes version is really disappointing as is Summer Shacks. Have to check out Poppa B's soon!

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                                1. re: nasilemak

                                  I have taken Popeye's into Fenway a couple of times and found it to be pretty good. Surprisingly, it was skeevy eaten cold the next day.

                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                    The breading on popeye's chicken scares the heck out of me, but their biscuits are as great as ever.

                                2. I want to ask again whether anyone has tried the fried chicken at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus? Maybe I'll give it a go this week and report back.

                                  1. I see someone mentioned Super Chicken on Rantoul Street in Beverly. The closest type of place to Super Chicken are meat and threes one finds in the south. The food is great, real high quality. The fried chicken is great but they also serve baked chicken. The food is on a steam table except for fried items. The owner Bill may use a steam table but he uses the right kind. The place looks a little funky from the outside. The diners are meat and potato types and there are alot of people coming in to take out. The menu changes daily. This is a real gem of cheap eats.

                                    1. This is going to sound stupid, but believe it or not WALMART supercenters have excellent fried chicken! I've had Shaws and Stop and Shop, and they suck! I would never get either again, but I've had Walmarts chicken 8 or 9 times now, and it was awesome each time! The only problem is that there arent too many walmart supercenters around, as regular walmarts dont have the fried chicken. I drive 3 towns away, twice a month, to do my shopping there. I even pick up and extra bucket because its just as good cold the next day for lunch! LOL If you can't get Popeyes, Walmart has good fried chicken!