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Feb 26, 2009 04:13 PM

Best fried chicken?

My husband is having a craving for fried chicken. Where are the best non-chain (no KFC or Popeyes!) places in the Boston area?

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  1. the fried chicken at Privus has been getting some good words.

      1. re: Prav

        My recs from that thread really haven't changed: Poppa B's is still my favorite. I'd add that the Hen House Wings 'n Waffles does pretty good fried chicken (whole parts), but that its waffles aren't really the right type for chicken and waffles.

      2. I'd second Poppa B's (specifically the leg quarter) Try the "Early Bird " or "The Morning After" breakfast specials, though fried chicken is also available for regular lunch and dinner. Mrs. Jones in the lower mills district of DOT is also very good, wings only if I'm not mistaken. I do like the wings at Hen House, but haven't had the chance to try the whole parts.

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        1. re: Food4Thought

          The leg quarter is excellent advice: not only is it cheaper than the breast quarter (by fifty cents), it's always far moister and tastier. I was chatting with Poppa B's chef outside once, and he quizzed me on my choice, nodding approvingly when I answered "leg quarter".

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I'm surprised nobody's mentioned The Coast Cafe yet.
            It really is what you'd expect to be served in your Aunt's Dixie state kitchen.
            That is, if she really could cook :-D


            BTW. any truth to the rumor Slim that you've got another nom de plume going on;
            MR Slumdog BJ? That's Mr. Rogers Slumdog Bobby Jindal

            Coast Cafe
            233 River St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              How's the area around Poppa B's at night?

              1. re: Gabatta

                It's a well-lit section of Blue Hill Ave, but there's not a ton of foot traffic around.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  I was there last night for takeout and double parked to get my order. I prefer going during the day or summer evenings but it doesn't feel dangerous.

          2. For more upscale Fried Chicken. (Maybe the term upscale Fried Chicken is an oxymoron) but Summer-Winter in the Burlington Marriott hotel does a very respectable version. I also really like their Paprika Roasted Duck.

            1. Ate at Highland Kitchen on Monday night and fried chicken was one of the specials. It was, by far, the best friend chicken I have ever had. Also game with collards, mashed potatoes and a truly yummy biscuit. I'm drooling just thinking about it.