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Sep 28, 2007 11:18 AM

Phoenix Fried Chicken

Inspired by Utah's thread.

favorite FC in the AZ?

Mabel Murphy's (Scottsdale) - All you can eat Southern Fried Chicken on Tuesday's, and they use a delicious honey batter.

Baby Kay's (Phoenix) - Lulu's Famous Cajun Fried Chicken on Thursdays. You get 1/2 a chicken. Super crispy, and lots of spice!

Roaring Fork (Scottsdale) - A Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast. It may be boneless, but don't be taken back by that.

Chelsea's Kitchen (Phoenix) - Dixie Pan Fried Chicken. Much better since they switched off the free range chicken. It's nice in theory, but I was never a fan. Plus its served with a cinnamon roll!


Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles (Phoenix) - Its the signature dish, so that about says it.

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  1. Chelsea's fried chicken is possibly the worst fried chicken I've had at a remotely upscale restaurant. It was dry, flavorless, and for the price, a total rip-off. The piece was so thick that it had to be fried into a desert-like state before the middle reached temperature.

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    1. re: Firenza00

      Thanks, honey, I was just about to post the same thing. The chicken was so dry it was hard to chew and when I swallowed it, I felt like I had to cough. I know our opinion of Chelsea's Kitchen didn't make us very popular, but this was a big reason why we didn't like it.

      I agree on Baby Kay's, though - we found the chicken there to be prepared perfectly and the chicken was juicy and flavorful.

      1. re: tara17

        The Fried Chicken @ Harold's in Cave Creek is great! you can order a half or a whole.
        The sides are just ok...but the chicken crisp and juicy...not greasy.

        1. re: tara17

          Have you guys had it since they switched from free range? I never did like when they carried that, but since they've switched, I decided to give it another chance and I am glad I did. Mine wasn't dry at all. It was moist juicy, and I love that they serve it less than hot. Reminds me of after church picnics growing up in the south.

          The free range I had there was super chewy. Lots of cartilage. I'll never order free range again.

          1. re: ValleyFever

            When did they switch? We werent to CK the end of May/beginning of June. The chicken wasn't the only reason we weren't impressed with them, so even a switch to something else honestly won't tempt us back. The overall experience was just lacking in general. If something had been decent, we might go back, but at this point, we won't.

            1. re: Firenza00

              They switched before that. It must have just genuinely been bad.

              Then again, as stated below, its on the kicthen, not the chicken itself.

            2. re: ValleyFever

              the proportion of cartilage to chicken has zero to do with whether or not it's free range. that's the sole domain of whomever prepped the chicken. in short - it's the kitchen's fault.

            3. re: tara17

              I was trying to recall the folk, who did not like CK. When I saw it on the above list, I hesitated. I see it (on my way to Vincent's), and wife keeps saying that it looks good. I bring up past CH reviews, and she changes her tune - until the next tiime.

              Since I have had the pleasure of dining on the best "Southern" fried chicken in the history of things culinary, I usually do not give restaurants a test, just knowing that they will fail. This is true in PHX, and throughout the whole of the Deep South. I'll have to give Baby Kay's a go, however, as it sounds good.

              We still are trying to replicate the fried chicken from Alamo (long gone) in Biloxi, MS. They set the bar way too high. Right now, my wife's attempts at duplicating this dish, though she never had the pleasure of actually tasting it, ranks up there with the best that "Southern Living" has ever printed.

              Time to get out of my fried-chicken-shell, and see what is out there.


          2. Gotta remember Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe... Mrs. White is Lo-Lo's grandma, so you KNOW her fried chicken is going to be out of this world.

            Lo Lo's Chicken & Waffles
            10 W Yuma St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

            Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen
            2119 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

            Roaring Fork
            4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            Mrs White's Golden Rule Cafe
            808 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

            Mabel Murphy's
            7018 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ

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            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              Shhez, Jester, beat me to it. Mrs. White's it is ...

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Not having been at Mrs White's, I'd rank Lo Lo's fried chicken as the best I've had. The funny thing was when we were there, there was a couple who said Mrs. White had sent them over to her nephew's as she didn't have fried chicken that day.

              2. Has anyone tried the fried chicken at Ranch Market? It's really very good and isn't coated with a ton of stuff like most commercial fried chicken.I have a hard time passing it up when I'm there.

                1. I am partial to Lo-Lo's...Satisfied Frog (&Horny Toad) in Cave Creek

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                  1. re: Molto E

                    I used to live in Cave Creek and went to the Horny Toad many times, including once to try their "famous" fried chicken. I wasn't impressed at all, but then again, I've never been really impressed by anything I've eaten there.

                  2. I have tried Lo-Lo's, Restaurant 28, and Lil mama's fried chicken. By far, Lil Mama's is my favorite. It's light and crispy, and just the right amount of salty.

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                      1. re: Molto E

                        its on 7th ave, just north of indian school, not too terribly far from the fry bread house.

                        i haven't been there in forever!!! thanks for the reminder!