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Mar 5, 2010 10:46 AM

Detroit who has the best Fried Chicken and why?

I do not even have an entry to add. I have not had real good fried chicken in years. Any favorite places out there?


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    Let the Haab fans fight it out with the Guernsey fans!

    Ypsilanti vs Northville

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    1. re: JanPrimus

      Haab's all the way. I like Guernsey, and their ice cream is definitely a draw, but service has been spotty and, more importantly, their chicken is sometimes inconsistent. Haab's consistently serves up the BEST fried chicken I have EVER had. It's hot and fresh always. Makes angels weep.

      1. re: charlesbois

        The reason I did not answer this with my opinion...and I think the OP'er eluded to this in his OP...Along with a lot of is all Subjective....

        I am just trying to say in the nicest way possible that Haab's Chicken didn't do much for me. I agree that it is hot and fresh but when I got tasted pretty much....Only slightly of chicken. It was a satisfying lunch...but I heard no angels nor did I write mom.

        I have yet to have Guernsey's Chicken yet...I pretty much just go for the Ice Cream :)

        Otherwise...I normally get my Fried Chicken from a tiny soul food chicken place just north of Metro Airport on Merriman. I forget the name...Something like Mama's Wings and Things. It is in the same Parking lot as Unkle Joe's Market. It has a thick crispy coating that is very peppery. They also serve up Gizzards, which I like. This may not be the best in town but I like it and it is somewhat close to my house.

      2. re: JanPrimus

        Thank You. I was driving home from Chicago on Monday and stopped at Haabs. WOW the chicken basket was just what I was looking for. It was all excellent all the way down to the soup. Thank you for the recommendation.

        I chose Haab over Guernsey as I looked at the website for both and Guernsey stated they served Broasted Chicken. I have a Chicken Shack I drive by often and do like the broasted chicken there but I was looking for the real deal.


        Haabs Restaurant
        18 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

      3. Gotta go with Guernsey, incredible chicken and then have their butter pecan ice cream after.

        Best regards, tony

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        1. re: aea6574

          He is not kidding about that Butter Pecan Ice Cream...I would still eat it if I had a nut allergy!

        2. Chicken Shack . End of story . Unless you have a grandma from Alabama making you fried chicken , go to Chicken Shack . Why ? Try it , that's why . Best . Chicken wings . Ever .

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          1. re: GoalieJeff

            Chicken Shack is good, very very good. But a real contender is Famous Fried Chicken in Farmington Hills. If the Colonel knew their recipe . . .

            1. re: GoalieJeff

              I know Chicken Shack has it's fans, but it's not very good. I have yet to find good fried chicken in SE Michigan.

              1. re: momskitchen

                Actually, I do like Chicken Shack, but I define broasted chicken (which Chicken Shack is) differently than I do fried chicken. To me, broasted chicken doesn't really belong in the discussion, though I can see why some think they're similar.

            2. Just had the southern fried chicken at Zingermans Roadhouse last night. Just a touch too dry (white meat) but the crust was out of this world. Real farm fresh honey on the side and it's all over. Best in Michigan for sure.

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              1. re: Quit2Chef

                I am sure there is some old lady named Mabel in some mid Michigan town that would smack you over that statement! She deep fries in lard, uses Buttermilk, and knows that her cast iron is better than your Zingerman's Fancy deep fryer.


                I just have no idea who she is!

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  Man alive...that just sounds *fantastic*! No posting from imagination! Ever! ;)

                  1. re: boagman

                    OK that is how I cook mine....I still have not perfected it though....

                    1. re: JanPrimus

                      My apologies to Mabel....please send me some chicken and I promise to speak very highly of it. :)

                      1. re: Quit2Chef

                        Actually I think that comment was met for someone else. Nothing Wrong with the Roadhouse.

              2. Anyone tried Pollo Chapin? A friend recommended it to me a while back. Apparently it is not traditional down home fried chicken.

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                1. re: Nameo

                  I was going to suggest Pollo Chapin, too. It's sort of a Central American take on fried chicken--not traditional Southern-style down-home chicken, but very good!

                  2054 Junction St
                  Detroit, MI 48218
                  (313) 554-9087

                  1. re: Nameo

                    > Apparently it is not traditional down home fried chicken.

                    Correct. Nonetheless, I really, really like it. While it chicken that is fried, I know quite a few
                    gringos that would be seriously disappointed that it's not (gringo) "fried chicken."


                    1. re: Nameo

                      Hey, don't leave me hanging here. Give some more details about Pollo Chapin!

                      1. re: vtombrown

                        vtombrown -- Pollo Chapin has fried chicken, but they also have Mexicanish dishes. I say "Mexicanish" because the owners are Guatemalan (thus the name "Chapin"), and their tamales and sides are closer to Guatemalan-style than Mexican-style. They do have a chicken burrito dish, rice and refried beans that are sort of more Mexican. The food is VERY cheap (e.g. $10 for two entrees, each of which comes with two sides and a bowl of chicken noodle soup). They accept credit cards, surprisingly.

                        The fried chicken is so good because the flavor seems to penetrate deep into the flesh of the chicken--it's not just in the batter. The chicken noodle soup is also delicious, with a sort of richer, more savory flavor in the broth than your typical chicken noodle soup. Jalapeno mac and cheese (one of the sides available) is good, but I know some people who hate it--I think it's one of those things that one either loves or hates. They have a jar of pickled spicy onion/carrot/jalapeno mixture on the tables. Goes great on everything!

                        Definitely a low-key place--it's located in an old house in SW Detroit. Worthwhile, though. A very unique find!

                        1. re: jjspw

                          jjspw, very interesting. thank you!! i've got to get over there some time.

                          1. re: jjspw

                            Thanks for the lead on Pollo Chapin. I went there for lunch today and I love such places. As jjspw noted the chicken has good flavor throughout and the food is very inexpensive. I had chicken, salad and cotida chapin a beet and cabbage salad served room temp that they told me was an Easter specialty. Quite a find as an out of the way location. Thanks for the tip.

                            1. re: jjspw

                              I ended up making a trip there with my cousin last night, and we enjoyed ourselves. Indeed, it's pretty darned cheap to eat there. I had the three piece chicken combo, and my cousin had the two piece chicken combo, but he was the smarter of the two of us: while I didn't think to ask what pieces I'd get (ended up with a thigh, leg, and wing), he specifically asked for two breasts, and he got them! They didn't charge him any extra for it, either, which surprised the both of us.

                              They allowed us to sample a couple of the sides, a few of which I was wondering about. The second one on the menu is a pickled salad type of thing, which was good, but I like the egg noodles slightly better. My cousin ended up with the beans and the rice (which evidently are okay, too). I also tried the potato salad before I left, and that was decent, too.

                              The servers are really nice. Never felt like we were underserved, nor crowded/bothered. Very laid back atmosphere, which is fine for everyone, families with kids included. We were definitely the only gringos there.

                              The one thing I would change about both of our orders is that I'd specify that we wanted our chicken to be freshly prepared (i.e. *hot*). The pieces we had tasted fine, but they were far closer to room temperature than straight out of the pan, and that detracted from the chicken somewhat. You could tell, though, that had they been hot, they would have been much better, if not downright delicious. We got pieces that had been prepared beforehand, and had been sitting out (under plastic, of course), waiting to be ordered or carried out. It's not a huge deal, honestly...but we both remarked that we wouldn't make that mistake again.

                              So! All things told, a worthy suggestion. I'm not saying that the chicken blew me away, but it's not fair to judge based on non-piping-hot chicken. The sides were enjoyable, the service far better than expected, the place was clean, and very affordable.

                              Worth the trip down there, and we'll go back.