Looking for good fried chicken in Boston or North
- Essex County Oct 21, 2008 06:33 AM
We cook and eat a lot of chicken at home, mostly roasted or grilled. But I can't remember the last time I've had real fried chicken (other than KFC). Are there any restaurants in Boston or even southern NH that have awesome fried chicken?
For take-out, Jacqueline's Grocery 199 Salem Street in Lawrence, MA. It's a Spanish market with a kitchen out back and they fry a lot of chicken and it's really good.
In Haverhill on Rte. 97 is Chicken Connection....they serve broasted chicken not fried but I like it very much.
In East Kingston, NH is Carmen's Dinner which I tried recently and liked their fried chicken very much. Not as good as the original Carmen's but probably the best I've had in the area. Hoping to get back to try more here.
I had a debate with the in-laws over "broasted" chicken a few years ago, before I knew to turn to these boards to settle food debates. They live in Minnesota, land of the Hot Dish, and were on a little bit of a health kick. I think the incorporation of the word "roasted" into "broasted" had led them to believe that a broasted chicken would be a low-fat version of fried chicken. I admit, it was delicious. However, judging by the grease stain on my plate I simply refused to believe that there was anything low-fat about it. Fast forward to present day... here's a link to some info about the broasting technique... basically a patented term for high pressure deep frying.
My personal favorite for fried chicken is Poppa B's in Dorchester: get the dark meat. The Hen House Wings 'n Waffles also does pretty good fried chicken (get whole-piece, not wings or tenders, and skip the sauce -- your call on whether the waffles are a worthwhile addition). Packy Connors Pub in Roxbury does terrific fried whole wings for a buck a pop.
Mrs. Jones in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester does deep-fried whole chicken. I haven't had it, but I've had their deep-fried turkey and it's really good.
Also, Grumpy White's in Quincy has a boneless fried chicken plate that I like to order whenever I'm in the neighborhood.
Coast Cafe has pretty good fried chicken, although it's a little overcooked for my taste. Last night I had the fried chicken special at Highland Kitchen and it was outstanding, flavorful and well-spiced. I'm not sure if their specials rotate weekly or if it's just a random rotation, but if you're lucky enough to be there on the right night I'd recommend it. (They serve 4 pieces of chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens, and a biscuit. I had enough for three meals!)