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Jun 26, 2012 09:28 AM

In Search of Fried Chicken

Dear DC Chowheads:

Am I mistaken or is there a serious lack of fried chicken eateries in our region?

I know that there's legit hole-in-the-wall soul food places that you can get great take-out greens and chicken, but I want a sit-down place where I can slurp cheap beer and possibly a shot while I destroy a platter of dark meat.

I know you can go to Georgia Brown's or Eatonville and drop $20 on a platter -- but I'm hoping to find something casual with a liquor license. Does this exist? Something akin to a crab house that will give me some deliciousness in a basket and allow me to come in dude-wear?

Assistance and pointers appreciated.

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  1. My favorite is the smoked-then-fried chicken at Ray's East of the River. The regular fried chicken at Ray's the Third is pretty damn good.

    The only good thing at Flavors in Arlington is their Fried Chicken, but it is very good.

    1. The Black Rooster Pub on L Street, NW between 19th and 20th serves a solid fried chicken platter with fries and slaw. It does not have a crab house vibe as it is more of an Irish/Welsh Pub.

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      1. re: CDouglas

        Thanks CDouglas I may have to check it out

        1. How about Levi's Port City Cafe 8thStreet SE?

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          1. re: 79pooh83

            I've found the fried chicken at Levi's to be just okay. The deepfried porkchops are the way to go, straight up or smothered. Blue & White does excellent fried chicken, but carryout only. When I get a fried chicken jones, I either head to Popeyes or any of the wings & mambo sauce bulletproof Chinese carryouts downtown. But for sitdown casual, I suggest the fried chicken at Southside 815 in Old Town.


            1. re: monkeyrotica

              Where is a good wings and mambo sauce place downtown. I am between downtown and mid town and our carry outs all have wings - I haven't found any that do them the right way with fried rice and mambo (mumbo)

              1. re: drewpbalzac

                I haven't seen any place with Mambo sauce, and only heard about it through a Post article. I think most places that have it are in SE...

                1. re: drewpbalzac

                  I didn't know DC had a "mid-town". What would that encompass?

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    I didn't either until last weekend walking down 14th, I saw a bunch of people with "Mid-City Dog Days" signs. I think it's bordered by 9th and 16th Sts, and U and Rhode Island.

                    1. re: mdpilam

                      I suspect there's realtors behind it, trying to New Yorkify DC. This ain't no town. This is The District.

                    2. re: flavrmeistr

                      Mid town is it the 19th and M St. NW section of town, which many now call "Downtown".

                      In DC "Downtown" is the area east of the White House around 9 -12th streets where they intersect is G & H streets.

                      This has nothing to do with the realtors trying to up-sell neighborhoods by giving them fake names like NoMa.

                      If you are interested in learning the actual historical names of DC neighborhoods I would try to find on older map of the city that lists neighborhood names. If can be a blast learning about great cities history through its neighborhoods. Often the only other way to learn about the old neighborhood names is to look at the names of some of the community businesses that still linger around or the playgrounds/community centers.

                      My two favorites DC neighborhood names are Turkey Thicket (which has basically been incorporated into BrookLAND), and Swampoodle (which is a part of what folks are trying to rename NoMa).

                            1. re: drewpbalzac

                              And that's the reason it's getting harder to find wings & mambo sauce & fried rice downtown. It's poor people food. Now, if some celebuchef served it on a small plate with "mambo coulis" and "risotto chinois" for $30 ($60 with wine pairing[1]" they'd have a license to print money.

                              [1] The chef recommends the 2012 Thunderbird or a 2011 Maison de Boone's Farm, a fruity little vintage with a strawberry air freshener finish and a bouquet like a hobo's sock.

                      1. re: drewpbalzac

                        Try Yums II at 14th and P NW. Tell them to fry it hard. Wings & mambo sauce are easier to find in NE or SE where bulletproof Chinese carryouts can thrive. My favorite is at Lucky Carryout near Potomac Ave Metro and Wings & More Wings in Kingman Park. Good luck!

                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                          There used to be a place down on M st. SE way before the ball park that was call the Ohn Luck (my spelling is probably wrong) that had great wings with mambo. The pork chop sandwiches were great too . . .

                          We would boogey down there for carryout from the House office buildings a couple of times a month.

                          Except for the proprietors sreaming at the junkies who were harrassing the patrons while they waited for their food . . . . the place rocked.

                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                            Thanks monkey I forgot Mum's was still there

                            1. re: agarnett100

                              The Yums at 14th and 7 is scary bad, though. It's not even worth risking after a late night drinking binge. The 14th and P shop is the way to go. I think the original Yums is on Florida near Gallaudet, but I think that one folded.

                        2. re: monkeyrotica

                          I did Bon Chon today for the first time today.

                          It isn't the same as wings w/ fried rice and mumbo sauce with friend rice - but the wings with hot sauce are freaking awesome. Ordering wings also cuts down on the wait time if you didn't have the foresight to call ahead.

                      2. Have you tried Bon Chon? I love their fried chicken. I've heard the Fried Chicken or Chicken and Waffles at Birch & Barley and Green Pig are both good.

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                        1. re: discojing

                          Bon Chon is great, but probably not the kind of chicken the OP is looking for.

                          You might not guess by the name, but I've heard that Freddy's Lobster and Clams makes really good fried chicken. Still a little on the pricey side at $16, but they have a great beer selection to wash it all down.

                          I've also heard that DC9 makes a good platter, but haven't tried it yet. The other stuff I've tried since the menu revamp have all been very good. Some pics of the fried chicken here:

                          1. re: Guy Incognito

                            At one point I *think* that Gillian Clark was making fried chicken at Freddy's - though that might be only certain nights. I do not know if that is still the case.

                            1. re: Steve

                              Chef Clark is no longer doing the Wednesday fried chicken night at Freddy's.

                              This is not a comment on the quality of the fried chicken before or after - it was great then, and it's great now. The good thing about the change is now it's on the menu full time.

                              It is $16, but that includes fries and slaw. They used to have a night when it was discounted, but I don't think that's one of their current specials.

                              1. re: DanielK

                                Her fried chicken was not good at Freddy's

                            2. re: Guy Incognito

                              I believe that Freddy's offers $5 off on fried chicken on Thursdays.