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Jun 17, 2008 06:20 PM

Best Fried Chicken

Kind of had my heart set on Willie Mae's fried chicken but have heard rumors that the food isn't as good post-Katrina, the wait is very long to receive your food and it is in a shady neighborhood. Any opinions to the contrary or recommendations for awesome fried chicken?

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  1. Jacques Imo's is really good. Dunbar's is also good when it's fresh.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      Coop's...two breasts. Killer! Sometimes though you gotta go with Popeyes spicy!

      1. re: mcegielski

        You ain't lying about popeye's. When Al died, we went and got a box of spicy from the one on Magazine. Man, I had forgotten how good it was. If you can get it fresh out of the grease, it's probably the best in town.

    2. I agree with Coop's. It's nothing fancy by any means, but they have great food. I love their Green Goddess dressing too.

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      1. re: justagirl

        I've had Willie Mae's post K and it is excellent. I'd rank it at the top followed by Jacques. Fiorellas, Mc Hardys are also good . Not a fan of Coop's. (bland , too little crust). Had Lil' Dizzy's once post K. It was not fried to order, greasy and the crust was soft. BTW, if you get to WM's at 11 (when they open) there isn't a wait. We were in and out in 45min (and it was fried to order). Neighborhood is fine during the day and you can park right beside the restaurant.

        1. re: JazzyB

          Believe it or not, Fiorella's is gone. We were shocked to see the space locked up last weekend.

          1. re: Absinthe Minded

            We were at the French Market this weekend. I guess with all the festival stuff we didn't notice.

          2. re: JazzyB

            I just got back from lunch at Willie Mae's. Her chicken is either #1 or #2 in the city without question. We got there at 11 and we were served second. The first table ordered chicken as well so we all got chicken from the first batch. It was only a bit greasy and was wonderfully light crispy but not crunchy (like Jacque Imo's). The batter was a little spicy but the spice did not linger.

            This was my first visit and I regret all the delicious chicken I have missed out on.

        2. The neighborhood around Willie Mae's is less shady than it's been in probably 30 years. (Nobody lives in the nearby Lafitte housing project anymore.) The chicken is the same as always--it's a wet batter, so it produces a particular kind of shattering crust.

          My personal chicken list includes:
          --Dunbar's (inside the Broadway activities center on the Loyola Law School campus, ugly white quonset hut at the corner of Pine & Dominican Streets). BTW, the good ladies at Dunbar's say that the Freret location will re-open (hopefully) at the end of September.
          --Fury's, on Martin Behrman in Metairie.
          --Chicken Sue's, Harrison Ave in Lakeview.
          --Cafe Reconcile, on Oretha Castle Haley in central city
          I also like Praline Connection's chicken, and for a sentimental favorite, McKenzie's chicken (3800 block of Frenchmen).

          1. I had great fried chicken yesterday at Lil Dizzy's on Poydras St. near my office. I did not find it soggy at all. Great mac and cheese and greens to go with it.

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            1. re: mikey

              I had my soggy chicken at the Lil Dizzys on Esplanade. From the chafing dish/hot lamps right to my table. I prefer mine fresh and fried to order. Funny, they served their chicken and spicy potato sald at Jazz Fest 2005 and it was WAY better than what I was served at Esplanade. The meal was so pitiful we've not been back.