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Fried Chicken! I'm looking for a little hole in the wall .

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jenamy75 Sep 27, 2009 06:35 PM

I've heard of a famous hole-in-the-wall fried chicken place. I think it was featured on Tony Bourdain? Anyone?

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    trixie44 Sep 27, 2009 06:50 PM

    I heard the place for fried chicken is Willie Mae's Scotch House – hole in the wall known for Fried Chicken (arrive at 11am for lunch to avoid the wait)

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      jenamy75 Sep 27, 2009 07:27 PM

      Yeah! I think that's the one. Thanks!

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      steakrules85 Sep 28, 2009 05:55 AM

      Yes that's Willie Mae's Scotch House for sure.

      1. uptownlibrarian Sep 28, 2009 05:57 AM

        Willie Mae's isn't exactly hole in the wall. It's a decent, sit down soul food restaurant. Just so you're not expecting a shack.

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          Bigshadetree Sep 28, 2009 12:20 PM

          If you want to try a place with really good fried chicken that is closer to the French Quarter than Willie Mae's you might want to try Lil Dizzy's on Poydras (cross street is Camp) located in the Whitney Hotel building. It's not a hole in the wall (neither is Willie Mae's) but the fried chicken is excellent as is the Gumbo. Just wish I had room for dessert - thanks Big Kev & Chris.

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          foodophyle Sep 29, 2009 09:18 AM

          Also consider Dunbar's which is currently located in Loyola's Law School Cafeteria, in the old Dominican College location right off Broadway. I think its only open for lunch and very early dinner hours. Their fried seafood is good too.

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            kibbles Sep 29, 2009 12:35 PM

            for "hole in the wall" fried chicken you have a few options: Coop's and Fiorella's are dive-y little restaurants. Mckenzie's Chicken In-a-Box is a counter service place.

            1. sirvelvet Sep 29, 2009 02:16 PM

              You are thinking of Willie Mae's. However, for a real hole-in-the-wall chicken experience, I suggest Manchu at the downriver, lakeside corner of Esplanade and Claiborne. It is a big purple place that looks like it may have once been a gas station.

              Another hole-in-the-wall could be McHardy's, on Broad a few blocks off of Esplanade.

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                ScarlettNola Sep 29, 2009 06:12 PM

                My favorite is McHardys. McKenzie's Chicken in A Box is great as well. Willie Mae's is a bit overrated IMHO

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                hottdish Oct 5, 2009 08:03 AM

                for an honest to goodness hole-in-the- wall revelation inspiring fried chicken, try the mardi-gras truckstop on elysian fields right past the I-10 near lowes. best chicken ever.

                1. ghc630 Oct 6, 2009 04:43 PM

                  There is a place in Metairie called Fury's. Best chicken I ever had. Hole in the wall but has class. Their prices are reasonable also.

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                    midcity Oct 10, 2009 11:48 AM

                    I've heard about Fury's from a few people. Where is it? Is it the kind of place that might do takeout?

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                      JazzyB Oct 11, 2009 11:21 AM

                      On Behrman, almost directly across from Dorignacs.

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                    STL James Oct 6, 2009 06:12 PM

                    Just ate at Coop's Place on Decatur last week and the fried chicken was some of the best we've ever had! HIghly recommend it.

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                      JazzyB Oct 7, 2009 05:18 AM

                      Must disagrees re: Coops fried chicken. $16 will get you a generous portion of perfectly seasoned, greaseless fried chicken, corn Beligian waffles w/crystal syrup and slaw at Emeril's...available lunch M-F and brunch before 3pm Saints games.

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                        steakrules85 Oct 7, 2009 06:59 PM

                        Isn't Emeril's boneless?

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                          JazzyB Oct 8, 2009 08:45 AM

                          Boneless, skinless thighs. It is outstanding. My husband doesn't usually eat dark meat, even he loves it.

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                            steakrules85 Oct 8, 2009 01:09 PM

                            Damn. I loveeeeee dark meat but I want the bones. And skinless? That stinks too! The skin is the best part how does he get it crispy enough haha?

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                              JazzyB Oct 8, 2009 04:53 PM

                              It is almost crunchy crisp. Try it. You won't find any that is better seasoned.

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                          mcegielski Oct 8, 2009 02:18 PM

                          Jazzy-I think you need to give Coop's friend chicken one more shot. In every chicken thread to express your displeasure however many people on here love it. You might of just had a bad day, it happens. GIve them one more shot and let us know what you think. It is delicious. I really think you just hit it on a bad day or got a hungover cook. It is juicy, crispy, and succulent. Plus, while your there you can get some great red beans and rice.....

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                            JazzyB Oct 8, 2009 04:51 PM

                            Not a chance. There are too many better options. The fried food at Coops tastes like the grease hasn't been changed in years. The chicken and oysters were greasy. Not a fan of the jambalaya either. I think a lot of Coops appeal is that it's a cheap dive. Not a problem. I just don't like the food.

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                              kibbles Oct 10, 2009 10:53 AM

                              im not a fan either. coops forever remains "meh" to me... sure the chicken has tons of spices dumped on it, but theres more to chicken than that. and the rest of the stuff is just mushy slop on a plate. i love good hole-in-the-wall fare, but they dont do it for me on the several tries.

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                              kibbles Oct 10, 2009 10:52 AM

                              that (emeril's fried chicken and crystal-maple waffles) sounds amazing. damn.

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                            Ross B Oct 11, 2009 03:31 PM

                            I've heard of a place named Two Sisters (not to be confused with the Court of Two Sisters on Royal) on Derbigny that's supposed to have real good fried chicken. Anybody been there?

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                              sirvelvet Oct 12, 2009 01:57 PM

                              We had food from them, including their fried chicken, last summer. It was good, but the next day we had fried chicken from Manchu which we preferred.

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                                uptownlibrarian Oct 13, 2009 05:39 AM

                                Two Sisters' fried chicken is pretty good. They do plate lunches in the standard meat/3 starch/veg pattern, with a few different options for your sides. The menu isn't huge, but the classics are represented - smothered or fried pork chops, smothered or fried chicken, veal stew, turkey necks or wings, red beans with sausage or pork chops, etc. etc. With your meat you get rice, veg, and potato salad, or red beans, rice, and veg, plus corn bread or white bread. Last time I was there I had veal stew (which included potatoes), rice, white bread, green beans, and potato salad. The potato salad is very good, very creamy and mustardy. And they have good lemonade too. Food plus drink will run you about $10, and it's enough for two meals.

                                My favorites for fried chicken though are McHardy's, Mr. Ed's, and Fiorella's.

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                                  CharlieH Oct 13, 2009 06:59 AM

                                  FYI, Fiorellas opened a second store front on Conti at exchange alley a while back. They do absolutley no buisness there, so whatever you get, it is absolutely cooked to order. ch

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                                    uptownlibrarian Oct 13, 2009 08:05 AM

                                    Unfortunately it has closed again. They really weren't doing any business, and they didn't open back up after August vacation.

                                    Edit to add something that just occured to me: That has become a cursed location. It's been three bar/grills since it was the Sidebar. I heard that Ray of Ray's "Boom Boom" Room on Frenchmen St. has bought the building, but I don't know if that's true. As of today there's not a for sale sign, though there was for weeks after the Fiorella's closed.

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                                voodoojazz Oct 13, 2009 05:54 PM

                                The best fried chicken I've ever put in my mouth was from a dumpy little dive called The Club House Bar and Grill in Metairie. The chicken is wickedly juicy, without being the least bit greasy. How they do that, I don't know. They serve it with these amazing home made potato chips, seasoned Cajun style. Just outstanding...and cheap as hell to boot!

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