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fried chicken in d.c.

Who serves the best fried chicken that is not a chain??

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  1. Marvin's is very, very good!

    1. Do you mind leaving DC proper? The Amish market in Germantown has killer fried chicken.

      1. In DC-Central and Oohhs and Aahhs
        Just outside of DC-General Store and Post Office

        1. The best I've had are the wing specials at Clydes on the Walk in Chinatown, tuesdays only. These are double dipped buttermilk crusted babies. The only minus is that they are not made to order, so if your timing is off, they're cold. Even then, they are great.

          1. Commonwealth. Used to be a Monday only thing, don't know if it still is.

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            1. re: deangold

              With Chef Burrell moved on from Commonwealth to the upcoming Masa 14, might want to hold back on the Commonwealth rec until after we know whether they are able to duplicate without him.

              1. re: Dennis S

                Crisfield, fried in a black cast iron skillet (ostensibly never washed) in Fluffo.

              2. This is easy. The best fried chicken is served at A&J. yes it is a chinese place. But go eat it and let me know if you disagree.

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                1. re: Soup

                  Isn't A&J a chain? There's one in Annandale and another in Rockville, but is there a DC location? But I agree about the Chinese chicken wings. I've had them at many a bulletproof carryout and almost all are better than the high-end 2-pieces-for-$15 soul food joints, who seem to fry at too low a temperature or drown them in some dense breading/batter so you can hardly taste the meat. The Chinese places also fry in the same oil they do seafood, eggrolls, egg foo yung, frenchfries so there's a sort of blending of the flavors that goes into the chicken.

                  Wings & More Wings on Benning Road in NE does perfect wings and mambo sauce, better than Yums which was the standard for a while.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    my bulletproof Chinese does a fair job, but better when taken home, jointed, salted (if it's a greasy batch, left in the oven at 180 for awhile) and sprinkled with hot pepper vinegar and maybe a little Tabasco or Sriracha right before eating/inhaling.

                    sure I could make it myself, but who wants to deal with the clean-up?

                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      A&J fried chicken is not the chicken wings you get at most store front chinese joint. It is fried chicken. I would recommend they anyone interested in the best chickne in the DC AREA go tried the chicken. It is about $6/$7.

                      1. re: Soup

                        Agree on the A&J Fried chicken recommendation. It comes on a bed of rice and with a bowl of chicken soup on the side. A little chili oil and I am ready to eat till I pass into a food stupor! The soup is the perfect foil for the richness of the crispy fried skin. Add 2 or 3 small plates and its dinner for 2.

                    2. re: Soup

                      A&J's fried chicken is definitely very good, as well as their fried pork, but its different from what I would consider 'traditional' fried chicken. Its not as crispy, uses only dark meat, and has an obviously Asian twist. However, relative to the price, I'd say its incredible. I usually order it with the soup noodles and order extra Chinese pickles.

                      While we are on the subject of Asian fried chicken, I personally recommend Bon Chon in Annandale as my favorite. They only fry the chicken upon order, and it takes a good 15-20 minutes, so it does take awhile, but its incredibly crispy and the meat is still very moist. Another Korean fried chicken chain, Cheogajip (Love Letter), can also be recommended. Korean fried chicken I've come to appreciate for its incredible crispness and the very subtle sweetness in its batter.

                      1. re: Temple

                        Second Bon Chon for Korean fried chicken. Definitely need more of those around DC.

                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                          Oh, how could I have forgotten about Bon Chon. Very good. prepare to wait as they don't fry until you order. Really good. But it is a slight detour from your southern fried chicken.

                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                            +1. Bon Chon is great. I would be there a few times a week if they had one near me.

                      2. I don't eat enough fried chicken to know if Eatonville serves the best, but the serve a really delicious version.