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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.

                1. I like Soul fire's fried chicken, I have had Mrs. Jones but she does mostly wings and does big batches and holds them so they aren't always crispy. I do love her collards and ribs though.

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                  1. re: lc02139

                    Haven't had Soul Fire fried chicken. I had there ribs and brisket which might be the best in the area.

                    Yes, Mrs. Jones does wings only, and they're good size. I've had great luck each time I've gone. I live around a mile from there and have been often.

                    1. re: Guinness02122

                      M&M BBQ also has good fried chicken wings. Lenny's Bakery (Blue Hill Ave) has good and inexpensive Jamaican fried chicken thighs and drumsticks. Also, Dumpling Cafe (on Washington Street) has fried chicken legs on skewers listed on their grilled items.

                    2. re: lc02139

                      I think tomorrow we might try the Monday Soulfire allyoucaneat wings night, and we'll sample some other things as well. The pigtrip blogger thinks SF's fried chick is a major strength, along w/ the ribs and cornbread. I also am very curious about the 'spiced' fried Indian chicken mentioned in Waltham. I sent My Love in for some last month ( when we were following striper's lead on special mangos and empanadas) but he came out with a tandoor chicken- good though, and much spicier than I've ever had.


                    3. I've always enjoyed the fried chicken at Summer Shack (the one by Alewife, not sure how the others are). It's a nice batter, a little on the heavier side, but the meat is always really tasty.

                      Summer Shack
                      149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

                      1. Biltmore Bar and Grill in Newton has chicken and waffles that are quite good. Especially paired with Rapscallion.

                        The Biltmore
                        1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

                        1. I love the fried chicken at Franklin Cafe whenever it's on the menu, and I had it just two nights ago at the South Boston location.

                          I also like Tupelo's fried chicken and waffles for brunch in Inman Square, Cambridge.

                          And of course BonChon.

                          123 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                            1. Was trying to find the good steer towards the Independent's fried chicken but failed. Google fu not powerful today. Nonetheless, I tried this chicken plate this week after missing out on HK Monday chicken night. I have to say it was pretty stellar -- good crunchy skin, nicely cooked and seasoned (brined?) with some righteous vinegary greens alongside and some mac n cheese. The mac could use some work -- needs a hit of cayenne or some good hot sauce to enliven it, and maybe some crumbs for texture. Bonus points if they'd do potato chip crumbs. But it was a goodly portion that took me for two meals and the massive chef delivered the plate himself and eagle eyed me till I had a bite. Probably not my favorite in BOS, but definitely worthy of a trip, specially if you like beers. Their tap selection was good the other night. I think Darryl's is better and I enjoy HK most of all, but I'm still researching. Riverside great for takeout but if you want a plate, you have to go up $10.


                              1. Quite enjoyed the lunch fried chicken (for my side, I chose their terrific vinegar slaw) from Strip-T's, post-renovation. Not surprised that it was excellent, though I would probably have preferred all dark meat.


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                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                  That's next on my fried chicken bucket list. Heh. Get it?

                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                    My brother had it last week (with gravy fries, not wanting to miss out on any calories) and was ecstatic. He loved the honey on the side, saying it seemed to have a bit of a citrus in it to cut the sweetness -- a really nice complement to the chicken.

                                    (Just looked at your photo and am reminded one of the pieces on his plate had a full fried foot attached.)

                                    1. re: ebaba

                                      Black pepper in the honey: new to me, and a great idea.


                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                        That combination jarred loose the memory of a singularly unappetizing "recipe" in Foucault's Pendulum.

                                        1. re: nsenada

                                          Wow, it's been many years since I read that, and I'm very glad I did not recall it at lunch the other day. Ew ew ew.

                                          But I have heard the honey/pepper combination is not that unusual in the Southern US.


                                  2. While not in Boston but reasonably close,I had pretty good fried chicken at the Blue Hills Diner in Randolph this weekend-thin, crispy crust and very juicy chicken. Since I have only been there once, I am holding back from giving them an all-out positive review ( I like to try a place at least twice before doing that) but so far so good. Mashed potatoes with gravy were very good as well.