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Sep 2, 2011 04:10 PM

fried chicken???????????

Any new suggestions for fried chicken anywhere in the Boston area?

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  1. I just had great fried chicken at Coast Cafe in Cambridge, near Central.

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    1. re: onecaketwocake

      +1 for this hole in the wall, family run and totally delicious takeout place.

      1. re: tarsier10

        Ah, now I have yet another place convenient for me to sabotage my healthy eating intentions... mmm...

        Did a search on Yelp & recognized the photo of the outside of the cafe right away - I've gone by on the bus many times & wondered what was there!

      1. re: nasilemak

        +1 on the Bon Chon and I'd add Darryl's Corner Cafe.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          Third Bon Chon. Obviously not the southern/buttermilk style, but deliciously crispy, salty, and juicy.

          I would steer clear of Trina's for fried chicken. Strip T's in Watertown, under the direction of a new chef, has some delicious options (especially the steak), but the fried chicken is way too heavy on the coating, ruining perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken and spectacular collards on the side.

          1. re: DoubleMan

            Just curious, why skip Trina's? I haven't had it there in probably nine months, but thought it was nicely done when I went. Better than the other food I've had there, I'd say, and something I would happily order again.

            1. re: hckybg

              I haven't really had anything at Trina's I liked, but I thought the fried chicken was pretty weak - underseasoned, dry, not crispy, but at the very least not a dish worthy of local (and especially not national - Andrew Knowlton/Bon Appetit) praise. And the waffle was below average as well. I think that it is one of those dishes that I could best at home on a Tuesday night without even trying. If I copied Thomas Keller's fried chicken recipe and Cook's Illustrated'd waffle, it would not be a fair fight against Trina's.

              1. re: DoubleMan

                Well, that is probably true with a lot of straightforward restaurant food--you are just a good cook! But I'll have to try the chicken at Trina's again. I didn't have the same dryness so maybe one of our experiences was a fluke. Thanks for expanding on your experience.

                1. re: DoubleMan

                  I agree, and think the food at Trina's is the pits. Everything our table tried was far from good, including the chicken and waffles. The cocktails were pretty sub par as well. Maybe an off night, but most in our party felt it didn't even merit a return visit.

                  1. re: Gabatta

                    I haven't eaten at Trina's in a year or so, but I had a shockingly good heirloom tomato and burrata salad there last summer. I don't know where the burrata was from.

                    1. re: Gabatta

                      Trina's is one of those places I really want to like: great people who own it, within walking distance, inexpensive...yet every time I go there (most recently was about a two months ago and my partner was also disappointed by the underseasoned fried chicken) I end up feeling like Charlie Brown after Lucy pulls away the football again. I think the food is just bad.

                      I've had good and bad luck with cocktails--I really like the Gentleman, with bourbon and Belle de Brillet. Unfortunately, the ones I've really disliked come in pint glasses (the margarita and some bourbon/tea thing) which just piling bad on top of bad.

          2. highland kitchen does an excellent version one night a week as a special. i think mondays?

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              1. re: robwat36

                The HK Monday night fried chicken dinner is pretty awesome.

                1. re: bear

                  I just had it tonight. They give you 4 pieces of nice, crispy chicken, with gravy mashed potatoes, a biscuit, and smoky collards. I ate the greens and one piece of white meat. My lunches are all set for the next couple of days, and the selection of music on the juke box cannot be beat.

            1. If you're in the Quincy area, give Grumpy White's a try. Not southern style, but tasty nonetheless. With pretty good home made mashed and gravy. Stay away from the veggies and you'll do ok. Goes great with their very, very, cold Coronas. AH!

              Grumpy White's Restaurant
              211 Sea St, Quincy, MA 02169

              1. I like Bon Chon too, but it's not southern fried chicken style. For that, the best I've had is Mrs. Jones.