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Nov 6, 2012 07:53 AM

Kennedy Fried Chicken

I'd driven by this place a thousand times and never was curious enough to go in. But after trying a really underwhelming plate of fried chicken at Sweet Cheeks a few weeks ago (yes the crust is very crispy but not salty enough and way too thick, i.e., almost a centimeter of fried breading in many places), I wanted some decent, cheap, fast food fried chicken that was not KFCs or Popeye's.

I've been there twice now, the first time was really moist and delicious, the second time a little dry. Both times, the crust on the chicken was nice and thin, shatteringly crisp, with a nice, really mild cayenne-type pepperiness that I really liked. The best part is it's super cheap. Two-piece meal for $2.50. Downside is that there is no place to sit, and all the sides I've tried are horrible (cole slaw gloppy and not crunchy at all, mashed potatoes were like a spongy puck of potato that looked and tasted like it was days old and microwaved for heat). That said, they offer chicken-only combos that are a great deal. Photo below.

Kennedy Fried Chicken has two locations at least, one in JP and one on South Tremont St. just south of Mass. Ave.

Anyone else know some hole-in-the-wall fried chicken joints that serve a decent cheap plate of the stuff? I beg you not to mention anything that comes served with a lime/watermelon glaze... I'm bored to death of and tired of paying three-four times as much for "fancy" but just plain bad fried chicken.

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    1. re: scoopG

      Whoa, it really is a chain! It looks so slapped together I never would have guessed.

    2. Not fried chicken, but my two favorite cheap chicken places are rotisserie, Alex's Chimis (make sure you get some vinegar onions) in Hyde Square JP and Machu Pichu Charcoal Chicken in Union Sq Somerville.

      1. I like Kennedy's, but my favorite place for fried chicken is in the basement food court of Waltham India Grocery. The chicken is always crunchy, moist, and has a hint of spice. It's $1.25 per piece. It's not worth making a trip to Waltham just for the chicken, but it is worth going to if you are in the area. The food court also has many other great things, such as the chaat station.

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        1. re: eatanddestroy

          Ok, Kennedy Fried Chicken whatever, I'd love to hear more about the chaat station please!

          1. re: celeriac

            That should totally be called the Chaat Room.

          2. re: eatanddestroy

            The food court that lives underneath India Market has been a great addition to the Waltham food scene imo. You can get fried chicken, shwarma (beef not so good, haven't tried the chicken), dosas, falafels (pretty good), kebabs, and indian snacks. Also Kebab and Tandoor offers a buffet, or you can get the same items ala cart at the fried chicken station. Its one of my favorite places to grab a quick bite to eat on Moody st. Not surprised it doesn't get many mentions as many Walthamites are unaware of it too while hoping for the Dosa factory to open.

          3. The first time I saw the other KFC was when I was on my way to Belmont racecourse in New York. Ever since I always think of McDowell's from Coming to America whenever I see one. "They have the golden arches, we have the golden arcs. They have the Big Mac, we've got the Big Mick"

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            1. re: mats77

              "They both contain two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions. But they use a sesame seed bun. My buns have no seeds." Great movie!

            2. I was going to say something about Royal Fried Chicken, Washington St. in JP, but they are now
              closed. Real good, but very greasy fried chicken.

              I'll second both Alex's Chimis and Machu Pichu.