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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.