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  1. I've only had it once, but the fried chicken which you can order by the piece at Summer Shack in Dedham was rather well executed.

    1. WHAT'S WITH THE SHOUTING?! Caps Lock off, please.

      A few places about whose fried chicken Hounds have good things to say, though I cannot vouch for all of these myself: Riverside Pizza & Seafood in Cambridgeport, Highland Kitchen (a recurring Monday special), Strip-T's, Coast Cafe, Franklin Cafe (only on the menu occasionally), Hungry Mother (another occasional special), Tupelo, M&M Ribs, Mrs. Jones, Summer Shack, Grumpy White's, and La Frontera (pollo estilo campero).

      You might also enjoy dry-fried chicken preparations at various Chinese restaurants around town, like Sichuan Gourmet. I'm also a big fan of Bon Chon Chicken, though it's a very specific Korean take on fried chicken.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        didn't care for summer shack's chicken, been looking for a long time and still have not found anything as good as fontaines

        1. re: ALLY5554

          I know that Fontaine's chicken was "broasted". I've never really been sure what that means. Off of Washington St. in Wellesley, near Paparazzi, there was a sandwich / fried chicken place that said their chicken was "broasted". Is that the style of chicken you are actually looking for? I also remember Fontaine's quite fondly.

          1. re: CookieLee

            Broasting means using a hybrid device that combines pressure cooking with deep frying, which essentially is the same method that KFC uses. Its main advantage is that it fries chicken more quickly than conventional deep frying. In order to call your fried chicken "broasted", you have to use Broaster Company's trademarked pressure fryer, and I think also their secret-recipe marinade and batter seasoning.

            I've considered trying pressure frying at home (I have a good Magafesa pressure cooker that I love for quick-cooking dried legumes), but it requires a special kind of pressure cooker with an extra clamping bar; it kind of scares me as dangerous.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Not to hijack Slim, but do you know if you can jury rig a pressure cooker to do something like this? I make my fried chicken in an electric skillet, and that works great mind you, but am constantly trying to perfect my craft (on the fried chicken front....mine is pretty damn solid) and was curious about this method

              1. re: devilham

                You definitely do *not* want to try pressure frying in a traditional pressure cooker: very dangerous. Among other issues, the seals aren't rated to handle oil at pressure temperatures. It looks to me like Fagor, one of the brands that first did a consumer-grade pressure fryer, has discontinued them.

                Magafesa still makes the triple-reinforced pressure cookers that I've seen recommended for home pressure frying, but their literature doesn't seem to encourage that particular use. Boiling oil under pressure scares me.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  ahhh, makes sense, don't fret, I won't try it. I do boil under pressure plenty, as modern cookers have excelent safety features....features that wouldn't work if the seals melted from using it out of spec, thanks for the answer!

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    This seems like an exceptionally bad idea to try at home, even if the equipment was there to do it.... one failure, and you'd need industrial-level fire suppression or the Mass Gen burn unit.. I mean, I love good fried chicken, but there's definitely a line..

                    1. re: grant.cook

                      I hear you grant.cook, and like I said, Slim already talked me out of it. And your right, I don't have an Ansel fire suppresion system at home (hell, I don't even have a hood over my stove!) so I would say it's a no go. I'll stick with my electric frypan, which does a pretty outstanding job in the end

                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  This place in Wellesley definitely had the Broaster fryer.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Roche Brothers supermarkets sells surprisingly good broasted chicken.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Thing about this bionic roasting/fry at the places that have the equipment like Riverside is that the meat emerges moist while the fry does its do on the skin. I've not found better in our metro west than the Riverside. Tho I give huge props to highland kitchen on Mondays!

                    2. re: CookieLee

                      it was fontains, topseys, in dedham at the intersection ,across from the va hospital, it was the best all southern fried

                      1. re: ALLY5554

                        this one had the chicken waving its wing on the sign, it really was the best sf chicken anywhere, had great rolls,onion rings too, i never tasted batter like that before. maybe the cooks went local, too bad i miss it

                        1. re: ALLY5554

                          Ally, I know where it was, I used to go there all the time as well. My mom and I loved the rolls, and the onions rings! :) I'm just saying, there was another place that made the chicken, in Wellesley. I don't know if it's still there, I haven't been there for years

                          1. re: CookieLee

                            oh would be nice if it was,love to try it txs

                        2. re: CookieLee

                          that would be Mark's pizza and subs which used to be the best sandwich place in the area. about five years, or so, ago changed hands, i think, and was never the same. they have broasted chicken, which i had on several occasions and found ok but not as good as the old chef lees or even poppa b's.

                          mrs jones is a bit hit or miss but my choice currently is the Blackstrap BBQ'S wednesday special Fried or BBQ Chicken Family 4 Pack! 4lbs. of chicken cut into 8 pieces, 2lbs. of mashed potatoes, garden salad, 4 biscuits + gravy on the side. for 20usd before 6pm.

                          get some ribs too, long as your there!

                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                        excellent reply, per usual. At Strip T's, ally, they brine their birds 3 days. Quite delic.

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          strip T's is awesome.
                          really freakin' good.
                          and highland kitchen monday night fried chicken is excellent too.
                          i think those are the two best in the boston area, tho' i haven't tried coast cafe, which i have heard is good.

                        2. re: MC Slim JB

                          I can vouch for the Southern Fried Chicken at Hungry Mother. It is excellent.

                        3. If you feel like a road trip

                          Carmens on Rt 107N in NH. 1/2 way between seabrook and Kingston on the right side. Take 95N till you hit 107 and go left

                          Best Fried chix I have had in NE

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                          1. re: Locutus

                            If this is Carmen's in East Kingston, it seems to be closed. Oops.

                          2. Cruisers On Main in Walpole supposedly got the Fontaine's recipe.
                            Checking the menu they do have a item called: CHICKEN ALA’BAMA - BONELESS FRIED CHICKEN WITH GRAVY

                            944 Main St, Walpole

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                              1. re: HubFlyer

                                This is exciting. Has anyone tried the chicken at Cruisers on Main? Is it like Fontaines? A few years ago, there was suppose to be a place in East Dedham that was going to serve Fontaines chicken and it never panned out. Prior to that, a now defunct restaurant at Marina Bay was suppose to have the recipe but it wasn't anything like Fontaine's was.

                                1. re: catsmeow

                                  i went to the one in marina bay, not the same,i hear cruisers is good, im going to try it, hope it is the same, thanks all for your info. there was a place in hull that had broasted but i still loved the southern fried better

                                  1. re: ALLY5554

                                    Please report back when you go to Crusers. I hope it's the same.

                              2. Does Mrs. Jones in Dorchester have good friend chicken? I always was meaning to try it, but never got a chance.

                                2255 Dorchester Ave (just north of the Milton line)

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                                1. re: Dave MP

                                  Haven't been in a while but back then they only did wing's, but get them with ribs, and collards, yum

                                  1. re: Dave MP

                                    It's good but nothing exceptional. The very nice lady gave me a wing and a rib to try.