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Good Fried Chicken in Boston?

cheesecakester Mar 30, 2008 08:39 AM

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  1. cheesecakester Mar 30, 2008 08:41 AM

    oops. double clicked too quick.
    Used to like Bob the Chef's (gone). Not so fond of BBQ Town (cornmeal batter). CFC (Crazy Fried Chicken) was good at one time, now that's gone too. Help!

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      FoonFan Mar 30, 2008 09:04 AM

      Soulfire in Allston. It's a special - they don't always have it. Cooked to order, so it takes 20 minutes. Well worth it though. It's superb.

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        BobB Apr 3, 2008 11:01 AM

        I tried Soul Fire's fried chicken this week and was disappointed. On the plus side, the coating was very crispy and dark (almost overdone, in a good way), and the meat itself was tasty with a light but respectable level of spicy heat - it had obviously been well-marinated before frying. But it was also WAY too salty, almost headache-inducingly so (and I generally like salt!), and seriously greasy to boot. Plus, there was no variety. The platter included three identical pieces of chicken, all thighs, I believe.

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      Gabatta Mar 30, 2008 08:56 AM

      Summer Shack, Cambridge location.

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        RandyL Mar 30, 2008 05:10 PM

        I second the Summer Shack in Cambridge. Had it several times and it truly is delish.

      2. Prav Mar 30, 2008 09:02 AM

        I've heard good things about Coast Cafe in Cambridge.

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          autopi Mar 30, 2008 08:26 PM

          i found their chicken to be overly crisp; almost burnt, i thought. also, i found their sides somewhat disappointing.

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            cambridgejen Mar 31, 2008 07:06 AM

            I definitely agree. Their chicken was a disappointment. In fact I prefer the chicken at Summer Shack over Coast Cafe, much as it pains me to say it.

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              jgg13 Mar 31, 2008 08:39 AM

              They're really pan frying the chicken though (the way it should be, IMO!) so you'll get those awesome little burnt spots where its sitting on the skillet.

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              Gabatta Mar 30, 2008 09:03 PM

              Coast is OK, but I find it to be dry inside.

            3. MC Slim JB Mar 30, 2008 09:05 AM

              My two favorites are Poppa B's and Mrs. Jones, both in Dorchester. Packy Connor's Pub in Roxbury is also good, and very cheap.

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                wittlejosh Mar 30, 2008 05:20 PM

                Of course Packy's does only fried whole wings. Which are very good.

                I like Poppa B's a lot, and Coast Cafe isn't bad. And I will always have a guilty-pleasure craving for KFC Original.

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                  gini Mar 31, 2008 07:12 AM

                  My issue with Mrs. Jones is that she only serves wings. I really want her to throw some thighs in there.

                2. Food4Thought Mar 31, 2008 04:43 AM

                  Big fan of both Poppa B's and Mrs. Jones, but I have to give the slight nod to Poppa B's. Mrs. Jones fried wings only and about 3 or 4 seats at a counter- mostly take out (but I can't resist eating a wing or two as soon as I get in my car). Poppa B's has seating and the fried chicken is available for breakfast, I would recommend the dark meat fried chicken-super moist. You really can't go wrong either way.

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                    catsmeow Mar 31, 2008 05:00 AM

                    Where is Poppa B's?

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                      Taralli Mar 31, 2008 05:04 AM

                      1100 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester

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                        catsmeow Mar 31, 2008 05:49 AM

                        Thanks. I might be going by there today. Fried Chicken is my weakness!

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                          sukisooo Mar 31, 2008 10:27 AM

                          I have a hankering for fried chicken today too, so have been cruising Poppa B's website. They are CLOSED on MONDAY!

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                            catsmeow Mar 31, 2008 10:29 AM

                            Darn...thanks for posting that. Saved me the drive today.

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