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Oct 8, 2010 07:53 AM

Any exceptional fried chicken in Monmouth County?

I really hate to make fried chicken, with all the mess it entails. However, I've really been longing for a great plate of it, and I'm hoping to have some next week. Are there any local spots where I can get some real, homemade fried chicken? Not the frozen Sysco that everyone seems to sell!

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  1. Jameson's, Neptune
    At The Table, Asbury Park

    You will be hard pressed to find better.

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      1. re: bgut1

        Jameson's, Neptune

        and if your on a budget....right down the block is a Popeye's

        1. re: Tapas52

          Popeye's is 2 steps below dreadful

          1. re: Tay

            Tay - Although it is fast food, I must respectfully disagree with you. There is something about that spice blend that makes the chicken so addictive. The biscuits are also pretty great as well. I try not to go there since I know the stuff isn't good for me. However when the kids want fried chicken, I've been known to steal a few bites.

            1. re: bgut1

              I agree with bgut1...Popeyes is pretty good Fried Chicken, and their sides are pretty good also, love the Bisquits & Red Rice & Beans also.....
              for the price you cant go wrong.....

              1. re: bgut1

                I too am a fan of both Popeyes and KFC. Yum!

            2. re: Tapas52

              Jamison's does have maybe the best fried chicken in the county, and the collards are excellent, but seriously avoid the ribs. They are overcooked an mushy. They epitomize the fallacy of true BBQ ribs being "fall off the bone."

              1. re: equal_Mark

                equal_Mark - I don't think the ribs are that bad. The BBQ sauce is good and as long as you accept that it's not true BBQ, they are pretty decent. I do however agree that the chicken is the better bet (but would give the slight nod to At The Table).

                1. re: bgut1

                  bgut1, I'm with you, love the Southern Fried chicken from At The Table. Plus if you want some variety, you can get it smothered with gravy or barbeque style. Both are delicious!

                  1. re: bgut1

                    Whether it's true BBQ or not, when I go to pick up a pork rib, I can't abide ending up staring at a bone while the meat remains on the plate. I'm sorry but I suspect boilage <cringe>.

            3. Shop-Rite in West Long Branch

              1. While I admit it's been quite a few month's since our last visit, Mack's Chicken Shack in Belmar (same boardwalk building as Matisse) had some very good homemade "hand dipped southern fried chicken" and sides.


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                1. re: jfedorko

                  we like Mack's, when they're cooking it... i never know the schedule there, but the stuff is good and prices are decent...

                  1. re: aklein

                    Its middlesex county, but last legg chicken and waffles in somerset (really new brunswick) is the best chicken I've personally eaten, IMO


                    1. re: coldsolderjoint

                      That's going to be a little too far for me to convince my DH to go for dinner. But it'll be on the list for future dining when we're in the area!

                  2. re: jfedorko

                    That place is NEVER open when I'm there!! Garrr....

                  3. I don't think that popeye's will be on my list of first visits. But I'm going to be hitting Neptune and Asbury this week. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm salivating just thinking of that great chicken!

                    1. Here's the Ledger's recent review of At The Table -