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best place for fried chicken in Raleigh?

kandreaus Mar 17, 2010 06:56 AM

Hi everyone,

We are hosting a group from Japan next week and are planning to have a potluck of traditional American food. I would love to bring some great fried chicken, any suggestions on where to obtain this in Raleigh? I would like to avoid the chains . . .

thanks! Kim

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    prius Mar 17, 2010 01:34 PM

    If you are not going to make fried chicken, Bojangles and Hardees is very good.

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    1. re: prius
      jonfrank604 Mar 17, 2010 02:00 PM

      WHAT? There is a place on miami just north of 70...it's actually durham...it's from chicago...called J & J fish and chicken...it's ok, but I haven't found any awesome yet...at least it's not that "chainy"...

      1. re: jonfrank604
        brokegradstudent Mar 17, 2010 03:16 PM

        Seriously, there's a J &J fish here!! This was a staple of my time on the South side. It isn't particularly great but it was great hangover food.

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          boaviagem Mar 17, 2010 07:28 PM

          There is another J&J in Durham at on Guess Rd. on North Pointe Dr.
          This is just north of I-85.

          3473 Old Norcross Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

    2. Tee Mar 17, 2010 06:08 PM

      is there a Smithfields in Raleigh? I know they are scattered around NC. it is a small chain but they do make good fried chicken.
      there may be way better (than hardees) but I do not know my way around Raleigh's chicken scene.

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      1. re: Tee
        Suzy Q Mar 19, 2010 04:19 PM

        YES - I was going to suggest Smithfield's! They have some of the best fried chicken I've had that wasn't home made. Their Brunswick stew ain't bad either. There are several around town - I've been to the stores in Morrisville and Holly Springs/Fuquay.

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        LBD Mar 17, 2010 09:13 PM

        I ate at J & J Fish ONCE. I've heard Joyce's in Fuquay is the place to go. Shrimp Boats and Hog Heaven in Durham do good fried chicken. I think Bojangles is way better than Smithfields.

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          bbqme Mar 18, 2010 07:19 AM

          I don't know if it's the best place but I've had fried chicken from the Barbeque Lodge on Capital Blvd. on a couple of occasions and thought it was quite good.

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            mikeh Mar 18, 2010 10:40 AM

            The Old Place in Bear Creek, NC just west of the Triangle has the best fried chicken I've had anywhere, much less the Triangle area itself. It's about as close to grandma's country cooking you can find in these parts too.


            In second place for the Triangle, I'd say Joyce's in Fuquay-Varina.

            Old Place Restaurant
            289 Elmer Moore Rd, Bear Creek, NC 27207

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            1. re: mikeh
              Fu Dee Mar 19, 2010 05:32 AM

              Bojangles is very good.

              Savannah's (RIP) used to make a great boneless fried chicken.

              But, brace yourselves...The Golden Corral has the best fried chicken IMHO.
              It would be a great way for our Japanese friends to experience true American cuisine.

              1. re: Fu Dee
                klmonline Mar 19, 2010 09:37 PM

                I second Golden Corral. It pains me to advocate an all you can eat buffet place and I really do hate most of their offerings, but good golly, their chicken is truly spectacular, time after time.

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              TerryG Mar 19, 2010 06:52 AM

              And the fried chicken at the Cafeterias ain't shabby either. The one I had at the K&W in Chapel Hill was excellent, but think they are all pretty good. And the price is right.

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              1. re: TerryG
                Tom from Raleigh Mar 19, 2010 09:17 AM

                Most BBQ places do a passable fried chicken as well. The benefit to the OP is the ability to pick up some Carolina BBQ along with fried chicken. If it were me though, I'd hit the drive through at Bojangles. It's good chicken and convenient.

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