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Best fried chicken in Chicago

Cmvramirez Jun 8, 2008 09:26 PM

My friend's having a party where everyone is supposed to bring the best fried chicken they can find in the area (fun, right?)! Can anyone tell me their favorites, since I don't know the area very well yet? Thanks!

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  1. Eaterlover RE: Cmvramirez Jun 9, 2008 11:48 AM

    My bid would be for the Korean Fried Chicken served a Great Sea restaurant on Lawrence. Yes it's a Chinese restaurant, but front atrium pays homage to the chicken eaters and the number of drumstick proudly consumed. I'm a recent convert to that spicy-sweet hotness that is Korean Fried chicken but I think it beats any sort of fried poultry I've had (this is including, somewhat blasphemously, Harold's).


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      CorinneM1 RE: Eaterlover Jun 12, 2008 12:34 PM

      I have yet to go to the Great Sea, but we recently had Korean fried chicken from Super H Mart's Toreore Chicken and Joy. Fantastic. Does the Great Sea offer it in various flavors (garlic, sweet and spicy etc...). I got the plain and it was wonderful, but I want to try the garlic next time.

      I think that this was the best fried chicken that I have had in Chicago in a loooong time.

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      jbw RE: Cmvramirez Jun 12, 2008 02:17 PM

      Look for a Harold's in the area. One of the better fried-chicken take-out restaurants in Chicago, altho quality is sometimes dependent on the particular franchise.

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        krugs84 RE: jbw Jun 12, 2008 04:48 PM

        What happened to Brown's?

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          Eaterlover RE: jbw Jun 12, 2008 07:52 PM

          We have a saying in Hyde Park (when I used to live there), that the chicken wasn't right unless it was served from bullet-proof glass. I don't recommend the new Harold's on Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park (BF got PINK chicken there once!). However, there's tons of locations in the South Loop that have been around forever and they know exactly how to fry.

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          chitownkid RE: Cmvramirez Jun 12, 2008 07:25 PM

          Joe's Stone Crab has great fried chicken.

          1. abf005 RE: Cmvramirez Jun 12, 2008 08:47 PM

            Try Chengs Fried Chicken under the Bryn Mawr El stop. Best fried chicken & darn good fried rice!!

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              The Old Man RE: Cmvramirez Jun 12, 2008 11:01 PM

              Glad that I still heard good things about the fried chicken at the Fish Keg on Howard.

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                felixjongleur RE: Cmvramirez Jun 14, 2008 07:30 PM

                The Chicken Shack in Evanston. Some of the best chicken I have ever had, and definitely the best in Chicago. Great, great hot sauce, fried okra, giblets, and of course chicken which is invariably moist, tasty, and artery-hardening.

                1925 Ridge ave.


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                  qzq RE: Cmvramirez Jun 15, 2008 01:14 PM

                  Well, there's always Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook.
                  Not exotic, but always dependable.
                  And if you order it "Naked" at Russells Barbecue in Elmwood Park,
                  The 1/2 Chicken Dinner tastes like the neighborhood Chicken joints that used to
                  be on every coupla blocks back in the 60's.

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                    sand12 RE: Cmvramirez Feb 23, 2009 04:48 AM

                    Jewel food store has some decent fried chicken, used a pan for a party already
                    good price too
                    sold near the deli in the Jewel food stores

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