Fried Chicken in Arizona?
Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe has good fried chicken. Its a soul food place known for its "golden rule" method of payment- you don't get a bill, you just go to the register and tell them what you had. Cash only, and no ATM on site, so come prepared.
Its downtown across the street from the sports arenas and the walls bear the signatures of the many many athletes who have eaten there.
My husband adored their fried pork chops, and my chicken was good as well. The cornbread was disappointing, but the sides were good, especially the sweet potatoes.
I enjoyed the backstory as well.
Mrs White's Golden Rule Cafe
808 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
I 2nd LoLo's chicken - get it w/o the waffles. That's what SO did and we both devoured the chicken. SO got grits and country fries w/ gravy. Their mac and cheese is also very, very good. I'll take you're hubby's waffle if he doesn't like them! They are devine!
I rarely finish a full plate of food when we go out to eat, but I did that time!
One more recommendation - Texaz Grill at 16th Street and Bethany Home (NEC). It's a casual restaurant for all things Texan and they do Chicken Fried Chicken and Chicken Fried Steak very, very well. You can get the usual sides that are good - mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. The chicken comes with the white gravy with pepper. I'm not a gravy person (as in I don't eat it) but everyone else raves about it and asks for more. I like their house salad and their mushrooms that come served in a coffee cup. I've had their pralines w/ ice cream, for dessert, that is very rich. So much so that I could not finish it. Actually, portions are large and I don't think I've ever finished a meal there. I've also really enjoyed their BBQ ribs but plan on getting messy. Like you'll want to ask the waitress for a screen to go around the table so you can just dig in and not have to worry about what's on your face messy. The Shiner Bock beer is really good and ice cold and they have a bar so I'm pretty sure they have a full service for drinks.
It's ALWAYS full even mid-week in the summer.
Texaz Griil is just W of the 51 freeway that runs through Phx.