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A Guide To The Best Fried Chicken In Philadelphia

Where to find some of the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken in the city

There’s nothing more comforting than a crispy, juicy piece of fried chicken. Philadelphia boasts some of the best fried chicken around served up with satisfying sides. Here are a few of our finger-lickin’ favorites:

The retro, rec-room vibe at Jones complements the kitchen’s comfort eats—and the fried chicken served over waffles with gravy is the stuff that homey dreams are made of.

Details: 700 Chestnut Street | (215) 223-5663 |

Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge
At the upscale soul-foodery Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge on South Street, mac and cheese, tropical sweet tea and sweet potato cheesecake serve as the perfect accompaniments to the crispy, perfectly seasoned fried chicken.

Details: 1312-14 South Street | (215) 985-9001 |

Resurrection Ale House
Despite its craft beer bar ideals and family-friendly sensibilities, the Grays Ferry neighborhood corner bistro Resurrection Ale House has already won glossy magazine mentions for its honey-drizzled, twice-fried thighs. In June, Bon Appétit rated Resurrection as one of the Top 10 Places for Fried Chicken in the country.

Details: 2425 Grays Ferry Avenue | (215) 735-2202 |

Chef Matthew Levin stated that he simply wanted to make fried chicken “as good as Popeye’s” prior to opening Adsum this summer. By all accounts he has succeeded and then some… Rick Nichols declared the fried chicken at Adsum is the best in the city.

Details: 700 South 5th Street | (267) 888-7002 |

Speck’s Drive-In
The signature “broasted” birds at Speck’s Drive-In remain a Collegeville legend. Shatteringly crunchy pressure-fried breasts are embellished by homemade potato salad, fries and/or coleslaw—not to mention thick black and white milkshakes.

Details: 3969 Ridge Pike | Collegeville | (610) 489-2110

Chef David Katz gets out the deep-fryer at Mémé on Thursdays, when the lunch special includes fried chicken, a biscuit and a beer (or lemonade or iced tea) for $11.

Details: 2201 Spruce Street, Rittenhouse Square | (215) 735-4900 |

Café Soho
Korean fried chicken—salty, sweet, spicy and double-fried to joyful crispness—is in a category of its own, and unassuming hangout Café Soho serves a winning basket of these addictive wings, to be washed down with pickled daikon and icy glasses of soju.

Details: 468 W. Cheltenham Avenue | (215) 224-6800

Korean fried chicken gets a swanky upgrade at Meritage on Thursdays, where a $25 dinner for two yields six pieces, ’slaw, pickled vegetables and sesame spinach, plus a can of Sapporo beer.

Details: 500 S. 20th Street | (215) 985-1922 |


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