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Mar 30, 2008 08:39 AM

Good Fried Chicken in Boston?


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    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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    1. re: cheesecakester

      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.

      1. re: FoonFan

        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.

    2. Summer Shack, Cambridge location.

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      1. re: Gabatta

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

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

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        1. re: Prav

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

          1. re: autopi

            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.

            1. re: autopi

              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.

            2. re: Prav

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

            3. 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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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                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.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                2. 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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                      1. re: Taralli

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

                        1. re: catsmeow

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

                          1. re: sukisooo

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