Fiorella's - what's the story?
I'm a former Mid-Cityite who was addicted to fried chicken in New Orleans. Personal partisan top 3: Fiorella's, McHardy's, Popeye's (certain locations had the spice better than others, ocourse). Would take Dooky Chase any day and twice on Sunday vs. Willa Mae's, which ran to oily and didn't trap the moisture and crunch enough like Fiorella's. Fixin to go back for some Mardi Gras. Now what's up with Fiorella's? I don't know if I care who owns it as long as the fryers still fry.
don't know about Fiorella's, but you can also consider both Mr. Ed's in Bucktown and Jacques Imo's for their fried chicken. and if Chicken Sue on W. Harrison in Lakeview is still open, I've read she fries up a mean chicken too. last year she was doing to-go orders to take to the parades.
Try Guillory's in Metairie, 3708 Derbigny, 833-1390. Their fried chicken and hot tamales are the best!
We tried to go to Fiorella's one night after they re-opened. It was empty save for one other table and we were ignored for 15 minutes before we got up and left. We were not drunk or loud or anything else. Shame, because I was really looking for to finding out if the fried chicken has returned to its legendary status.