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Best Fried Chicken in New Orleans?

Hi, I have a friend coming in to visit whose favorite food is fried chicken. Which place has the best?

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  1. Best is so subjective, but these make my cut:
    --Chicken Sue's on Harrison (be sure to get a side of the eggplant fries)
    --Chicken in a Box (original McKenzie's chicken) on Frenchman
    --McHardy's
    --Willie Mae's Scotch House
    --Dunbar's
    --Fury's
    This is a good starter list--though a master list will definitely include others.

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    Willie Mae's Scotch House
    2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119

    Chicken Sue's
    203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

    Dunbar's Creole Cooking
    501 Pine St, New Orleans, LA

    Mc Hardy's Chicken & Fixens
    1458 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

    Fury's Restaurant
    724 Martin Behrman Ave Ste C, Metairie, LA 70005

    McKenzie's Chicken in a Box
    3839 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70122

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      And also:
      Cafe Reconcile

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      Cafe Reconcile
      1631 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        HARD TO BEAT POPEYES. THANK GOD WE NOW HAVE SOME IN OREGON. I GOT TIRED OF EXPLAINING WHY I HAD TO FLY BACK TO LOUISIANA JUST TO GET CHICKEN AND BISCUITS. ANYONE ELSE HAVE TROUBLE EXPLAINING THE EXQUISITE GOODNESS OF "SLAP YOUR MAMA" GOOD IS?

        1. re: barbarasmith

          It is so not hard to beat Popeyes! I beat Popeyes. Just tried Chicken Sue today, she beats Popeyes hands down.

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          Chicken Sue's
          203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

        2. re: Hungry Celeste

          checked out McKenzie's Chicken in a Box -- awesome. and cheap. thanks for the tip.

          1. re: kibbles

            Donald Entringer and his younger brother, Gerald Entringer Sr. opened McKenzie's Chicken in a Box in 1952. Gerald Entringer Sr. died 10 years ago. Donald Entringer, who is 92, lost his New Orleans home to Katrina and moved to the Northshore. Gerald Entringer Jr. now carries on the McKenzie's legacy. 56 years of New Orleans chicken.

          2. re: Hungry Celeste

            I agree that this is very subjective, but I need to throw in my 2 cents. I've eaten at Willie Mae's a couple of times within the past 2 months. It's good, but definitely not the best chicken in the country (as Bon Appetit magazine declared in a special on either the Food Network or the Travel Channel...I forget which one. Thats where the "best " fried chicken designation came from, not from the James Beard award.) I ate at Chicken Sue's 2 days ago. Again, it was good but not great. As a matter of fact, it was somewhat bland and undercooked. I should give them another try soon because I don't feel its really fair to develop an opinion after just one visit. I admit I've been a Popeye's fan for many years and I've tried fried chicken at a lot of places throughout New Orleans. But the one place I find myself going back to time after time is a little corner convenience store on the corner of St Claude Ave and Clouet St, across the street from the "brake tag" station (that's vehicle inspection station to the rest of the country) in the neighborhood known as Bywater. I don't even know the name of the store. Good, nicely fried, big pieces, and a bit greasy - but then, isn't fried chicken supposed to be a bit greasy? Oh, and at 4 bucks for five pieces, it's definitely easy on the wallet.

            1. re: dward1112

              Willie Mae's is not so good. The glassy crunchy crust is interesting, but the pieces were very small (like Popeyes) and very oily, and the service brutally slow (and not particularly friendly). Definitely not worth the trip to that little backwater. Chicken Sue's was much better. It wasn't full of cayenne, but that's just a variation as far as I'm concerned. Popeye's chicken pieces are so small (except for the breast) that I always feel cheated (and bloated with grease) when I'm done.

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              Chicken Sue's
              203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

            1. re: speyerer

              Yep. It's tough to beat fresh popeye's spicy. Dunbar's and Jacques Imo's are good, too.

              1. Be careful with Popeye's. Only some are good. If you want a sit down experience for fried chicken, I strongly recommend Willie Mae's. Other good places are Lil Dizzy's, Jacque Imo's, McHardy's, and Manchu.

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                1. re: sirvelvet

                  Unfortunately you are right about Popeye's. I posted about Lil Dizzy's having good fried chic a while ago and a bunch of people disagreed. I have not been lately.

                  1. re: mrsfury

                    I tried to steer an out of towner away from a chain, Popeye's, and had alot of disagreement.

                    1. re: James Cristinian

                      I tried to steer an out of towner away from a chain, Popeye's, and had alot of disagreement.
                      James Cristinian Sep 26, 2008 08:06PM

                      I don't understand your post.

                      1. re: speyerer

                        The original post was about a friend coming to visit who liked fried chicken. There was a post a while back from someone coming to town wanting something representing New Orleans. Popeye's was mentioned; I suggested maybe some fried chicken other than a chain, and there was some disagreement over that. I was agreeing with mrsfury, maybe something other than Popeye's, but I was made to understand that Poeye's has a special place for many in New Orleans.

                        1. re: James Cristinian

                          The original post asked who had the best fried chicken. Chain or not, I think fresh popeye's spicy is about as good as it gets. While not always consistent, when popeye's is on, it's better than every non-chain place in town. I never recommend chains either, but the question wasn't, "which non-chain has the best fried chicken." Therefore, in my opinion, popeye's is an acceptable answer to the op's post.

                          The obvious solution is to try some popeye's (tell them to make you some fresh), then go to some other places. That way they can make up their own mind.

                          1. re: N.O.Food

                            I agree, fresh it is quite good. Maybe if he has time, he could have Popeye's and a local place. I always want to try something different when I go to another city, especially one with the tradition and soul of New Orleans.