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Dec 29, 2009 10:32 PM

Phoenix area Churchs Fried Chicken

Any other fried chicken fans in Phx? I am visiting and wondering which location is considered to be the best of the Churchs locations?

Also open to other fried chicken suggestions!


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  1. I have not had Church's chicken yet, but I know there is one at the NWC of 19th Avenue and Camelback.

    The best fried chicken IMO is LoLo's. Second best would be Texaz Grill. IMHO

    1. Church's? I don't think so. Totally agree on Lo Lo's however.

      1. Is there a cult of Church's Fried Chicken, as oxymoronic (or redundant depending on your POV) as the cult of a church might sound? Seriously, I always viewed Church's as nothing special, but maybe I've been missing something.

        I'd echo JerryMe's suggestions and add another off-beat one. Lolo's and Texaz do excellent traditional fried chicken meant to be eaten by hand. A more upscale restaurant, Noca, does fried chicken as part of its Simple Sunday suppers. Lolo's and Noca recently engaged in a battle of the fried chickens:

        Here are some other threads on the subject:

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        1. re: silverbear

          And even if Church's were something special, should a person expect the food at one location to be markedly better than the food at another? Aren't consistency and predictability across locations among the main draws for these kinds of chains?

          Perhaps there are subtle distinctions that are lost on my uneducated palate?

          1. re: hohokam

            In the 80's Church's made the best fried chicken anywhere. The problem was, and still is, the fact that each location (manager) is pretty much left to their own devices. The reason the chain has done so poorly over the years and retracted is because the head office was never strict enough to police all the locations. It really is too bad. So some locations change the oil regularly and others let it get black. Because I am visiting from a place altogether void of Church's now, I was hoping there was a good one left in PHX. It sounds like there isn't.

            But we will try Lolo's for sure!

            Thanks a lot!

            1. re: DineNDasher

              Ah. I see. Didn't realize it was such a crap shoot. I'm pretty sure I haven't eaten food from Church's more than twice in my whole life; so, the best run Church's franchise could be right under my nose and I wouldn't even know it.

              Hope LoLo's works out for you.

        2. had some really tasty fried chicken and dirty rice from louisiana fried chicken at the great cajun fest. haven't been to their actual location yet, but need to get there soon. perhaps you should branch out.

          1. We tried to go to Mrs White's Golden Rule Cafe but it was closed but my friends swear this is the place for fried chicken and soul food.

            808 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
            (602) 262-9256

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Mrs. White is the grandmother of Larry "Lo-Lo" White of Lolo's Chicken and Waffles, so good chicken runs in the family. I love Mrs. White's but don't get there as often as I'd like due to the early closing time of 7 PM.

              1. re: silverbear

                And his grandmother gave him her fried chicken recipe. Both places are good but Lo Lo's downtown (there is another in Scottsdale) has the "atmosphere."