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Jun 17, 2009 04:31 PM

Good Fried Chicken--Reston/Herndon/Sterling?

Any recommendations for some good fried chicken in Reston/Herndon/Sterling? We rarely eat it but when we do, we end up at Popeye's. In the past, we tried Pollo Campero but found their chicken to be very dried out. We're open to trying sit-down restaurants as well as fast food places. Thanks!

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  1. Can't think of anything. Best in the area imo is Flavors, Arlington. Otherwise Oohs and Aaahs.

    1. I don't have an option for you in your requested area, but Flavors in Arlington has amazing fried chicken and fried fish. I'm not big on deep fat fried anything, but I go out of my way to have their fish.

      1. don't you think flavors is sort of dingy?

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        1. re: alkapal

          What's that term: crummy but good. What's not to like?

          1. re: alkapal

            The food isn't dingy! The help is really nice. It needs a new paint job, sure, but . . . which of us doesn't? Doesn't impact the taste of the food at all.

            1. re: Transplanted Texan

              maybe you're right. i could use a new paint job. ;-).

              1. re: alkapal

                I could use a little spackling, too! LOL

                1. re: Transplanted Texan

                  you know, if i could take that botulism onion that i just tossed, and apply it "directly to the forehead", would i get a freebie botox? i'll call it "bo-vidalia"**

                  ** sounds like some old southern name, like in "well, darlin', you know what your old uncle bo-vidalia used to do in this here situation?"


          2. not american fried chicken....

            Pollo Inka on Elden St. next to Tortilla Factory makes good Peruvian style chicken.

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            1. re: HHavi

              Thanks. I've been to Pollo Inka---it's good but it's not fried chicken. So...if anyone has any recommendations for good fried chicken in the area...

              BTW, Oohs and Aahs is a possibility next time we're in the District.

              1. re: MizYellowRose

                I'm with you but I seriously think the only other options are Red Rooster in Damascus, MD or Hi-Neighbor by 66 and 81. Flavors really is about the best in the area though and a tad closer.

                I think Jimmy's sometimes has it as a special, but I've not had it there. I'm pretty sure I inquired about getting the fried chk when it was a special vs something off the regular menu and the waitress led me to the regular menu option.

                1. re: Dennis S

                  Red Rooster is good stuff, but much closer is Gillian Clark's Country Store, very close to Beltway in Silver Spring, Excellent chicken.

                  But it's still a long ways from OP's request.

                  1. re: repete

                    Cool - I'll have to check out the Country Store.

                    For the OP, I know it's an odd rec, but the stuff that Harris Teeter makes is definitely passable.

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      dennis, i think the harris teeter fried chicken is not nice at all (and i love harris teeter). the pieces are small, and the battered skin is greasy and sometimes not adhering tightly to the flesh. maybe your harris teeter has better chicken than mine on harrison street.

                      1. re: alkapal

                        it definitely depends. i get my teeter chicken from the ballston one and it is actually good, very meaty, etc. but i USED to go to the Lee-Harrison teeter and i just think the prepared foods there are in general not quite as good as the prepared foods at the ballston teeter, for example the sesame noodles were a couple of days old, chicken salad was bland, etc. stuff like that.

                        so yeah if you're going to pick up teeter fried chicken try the ballston one.

                        1. re: littlew1ng

                          I was referencing the Reston location - though I'll admit I haven't been now in probably 6 months - not for the chk anyway.

                          1. re: littlew1ng

                            yeah, i recall that about the seaweed salad i got in both places -- ballston's was fresher. (plus, the ballston store's meat dept. has better bargains on expiration date meats). the best harris teeter is on duke street east.

                            the harrison street store has good roast chicken, though. that's a special on sundays. i get garlic sauce, turnip pickles and lavash from leb taverna market, pull the hot ht chick, and then we feast!

              2. like others have said, flavors is really good...

                but i really like bon chon chicken too.