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Fried chicken at Buttermilk & Bourbon.
Maria DeNapoli

Where to Find Top-Notch Fried Chicken in Greater Boston

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Fried chicken at Buttermilk & Bourbon.
| Maria DeNapoli

Boston really loves its fried chicken, from Tennessee hot to buttermilk-brined to Korean. Chicken and waffles makes an appearance on numerous menus around town, brunch and otherwise, while other restaurants offer fried chicken sandwiches and other related dishes.

Whichever style you're seeking, there's probably a local restaurant that can satisfy your fried chicken needs. Here are 20 to try in and around Boston.

See also: Where to Eat Chicken Wings in and Around Boston

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

This map was originally published on July 24, 2017, and is updated periodically; the date of the most recent update is noted above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Neighborhood Kitchen

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84 Spring St
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 391-9000
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Hidden in a mostly residential corner of Medford, this local favorite serves comfort food with Haitian and Asian influences. The chicken and waffles are a highlight — choose red velvet, Asian sesame and scallion, or honey cornbread for the waffle and one of six flavors for the wings or tenders — but the Spring Street sandwich is also a must, featuring spicy fried chicken with chipotle mayo, bacon jam, and a pickle.

Overhead view of four round aluminum takeout containers on a table, two with thick waffles (one red velvet) and two with fried chicken tenders.
Chicken and waffles from Neighborhood Kitchen in Medford.
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2. Revival Cafe & Kitchen

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125 Cambridgepark Dr
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 665-5899
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At the end of the week, it’s “fried chicken Friday” at Revival, with an ever-changing (and ever-popular) chicken sandwich featuring a big hunk of brined and fried boneless thigh and whatever toppings the kitchen dreams up that week. Watch Instagram for an announcement about the sandwich of the week, and expect a crowd.

3. Sarma

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249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-4464
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Visitors to Sarma must save a bit of room to accommodate the surprise specials: Servers roam around the dining room with trays, offering up interesting bites that aren't on the regular menu. While it's always a safe bet that these roving specials are going to be delicious, diners must absolutely say yes to the fried chicken if it appears. The boneless thighs are crispy with a sesame and nigella seed coating, and they're seasoned with green harissa and served with a tahini remoulade.

Overhead view of three bowls of fried chicken, garnished with herbs and served on a Turkish-style silver platter
Fried chicken at Sarma.
Susie Cushner

4. Manoa

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300 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 945-1042
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Popular poke shop Manoa is only open on weekends, but navigating the sparse schedule is worth it for the mochiko fried chicken topped with spiced honey. Pair it with some poke and sides like rice and mac salad, but don’t forget to leave room for pineapple cake.

A plate of fried chicken, white rice, mac salad, kimchi, greens, and a chile-glazed piece of salmon belly
Fried chicken plate at Manoa.
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5. Hot Chix

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1220 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

Don’t look for Hot Chix at this address yet; the Inman Square restaurant is set to open later in spring 2022. Meanwhile, the Hot Chix team has been popping up at breweries and restaurants around town for the last few years, serving irresistible Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, biscuits, and other sides. Find pop-up announcements on Instagram.

A large piece of spicy fried chicken comes out the edges of a soft bun; it’s topped with slaw and pickles. Two biscuits sit in the background.
Chicken sandwich and biscuits from Hot Chix.
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6. State Park

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One Kendall Sq. Bld. 300
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 848-4355
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Can't handle too much heat? Opt for State Park’s Tabasco honey fried chicken rather than the Nashville hot. Either will more than satisfy all fried chicken needs, and each comes with appropriate sides. There's also a Japanese-style chicken katsu sandwich available, featuring panko fried chicken. Proof of vaccination required for indoor dining.

7. The Smoke Shop

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1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 577-7427
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This Kendall Square barbecue joint — which has four newer siblings around Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville — has plenty of options for those who feel like venturing away from ribs, brisket, and the like. Try the fried chicken in sandwich form (with pimento cheese, ranch, lettuce, tomato, and onion), or get it in a basket with fermented honey hot sauce and a couple of sides.

Two crispy pieces of fried chicken sit on a bun, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. The bun is on brown paper on a metal tray; there’s a Smoke Shop logo on the paper. A small white bowl of pickles and a watermelon slice are also on the tray.
Fried chicken sandwich at the Smoke Shop.
The Smoke Shop

8. Lily P's

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50 Binney St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 225-2900
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Lily P’s focuses on two things: fried chicken and oysters. Diners will find a variety of ways to eat the ultra-juicy pressure fried chicken at the Kendall Square restaurant and bar, whether in one of several sandwiches (try the “hot n’ honey” — Nashville hot chicken with black pepper honey, arugula, and Duke’s mayo) or on a plate or on a waffle. The ambiance is fun, too, with darts, shuffleboard tables, and other entertainment. Find a counter-service offshoot at West End food hall Hub Hall.

Closeup of a fried chicken sandwich with pickled onions, pickles, and mayo
A fried chicken sandwich at Lily P’s.
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9. The Coast Café

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233 River Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-7644
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Open for over a decade, this tiny soul food restaurant in Cambridge is perhaps best known for its fried chicken. About 300 pounds of chicken are served every week, chef/owner Tony Brooks previously told Eater, and the fried chicken combination plate (chicken, two sides, cornbread) is one of the restaurant's best-sellers. The chicken is marinated for 24 hours before frying, Brooks said. (Note: As of press time, the restaurant is on a brief hiatus; watch its website for a reopening date.)

Overhead view of a black plastic takeout container in three sections. The small sections contain mac and cheese and collard greens; the large section contains pieces of fried chicken on aluminum foil. The container sits on a light wooden surface.
Fried chicken at the Coast Café.
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10. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

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292 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
(617) 945-7244
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At Roxy's Grilled Cheese's storefronts in Allston and Cambridge (but not at the food truck), diners can get the double fried, a sandwich with twice-fried, buttermilk-brined chicken, lettuce, pickles, ranch, and spicy honey, served on a Portuguese sweet bun.

Closeup shot of a fried chicken sandwich with an enormous piece of chicken topped with ranch and pickles, sitting on shredded lettuce.
The double fried sandwich at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

11. Bonchon Chicken

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123 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-8888
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Sure, Bonchon's a giant international chain, but for Korean-style fried chicken cravings (and perhaps a side of cheesy tteokbokki or bulgogi), Bonchon's the place to go. Locally, there are outposts in Allston and Cambridge's Harvard Square; further out, there's one each in Lowell, Salem, and Waltham. Choose a chicken part (wings, drums, boneless strips, or a wing-and-drum combo) and choose a sauce (spicy, soy garlic, or a combo of the two).

Fried chicken wings and drumsticks sit on a white plate, surrounding a small white bowl of white radish cubes
Bonchon fried chicken.
Bonchon

12. Fiya Chicken

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1024 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 208-8350
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Fiya Chicken opened in Allston in late 2020, further solidifying the neighborhood as the spot for Korean fried chicken. Fiya does twice-fried chicken in many forms (wing, tender, and sandwich), as well as corn dogs fried in pancake batter.

13. Buttermilk & Bourbon

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160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-1122
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With a name like Buttermilk & Bourbon, a restaurant had better serve a good buttermilk fried chicken — and fortunately it does. Get it in the form of wings, boneless thighs, or a bone-in half chicken, served in a choice of styles (Nashville hot, sweet and spicy, or with barbecue syrup or white barbecue sauce). Might as well stick with the fried theme and get some beignets for dessert. There’s a location in Watertown, too.

Several pieces of fried chicken sit in a high-rimmed white bowl on a table with a vase of red flowers visible in the background. Plush red booth seating is also visible.
Fried chicken at Buttermilk & Bourbon.
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14. Crave

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75 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-0188
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This Chinatown restaurant is especially proud of its chicken, hence its former name, Crave — Mad for Chicken. Fried Korean-style, it comes as wings and drums, chicken and waffles, and more.

A couple metal trays of saucy chicken wings
Wings at Crave - Mad for Chicken.
Crave - Mad for Chicken

15. Moonshine 152

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152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 752-4191
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This South Boston restaurant's award-winning buttermilk fried chicken wings are served with a poblano ranch dressing. There’s also a fried chicken and waffle dish (named for Leslie Knope, one of several nods to Parks and Recreation at Moonshine 152) with Sriracha bourbon sauce and cinnamon honey butter.

16. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

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604 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-1100
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The peach sweet chile country fried chicken wings are the move at Darryl’s, but the “glorifried” chicken and waffles are also excellent.

17. Slade’s Bar & Grill

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958 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 442-4600
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Slade’s, which dates back to 1935, is known for its active events calendar, from live music to comedy shows, but don’t miss the food, particularly the fried chicken wings, tossed in “secret seasonings.” The entree portion comes with two sides, such as fried plantains or spicy fries.

Fried chicken sits on a white plate on a black background, accompanied by small white bowls of potato salad and collard greens
Fried chicken at Slade’s Bar & Grill.
Slade’s Bar & Grill

18. Cutty's

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284 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 505-1844
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Cutty's popular Super Cluckin' Sunday special happens just once a month; upcoming dates are posted on the restaurant's website. The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, served on a buttery sesame brioche bun, is available for preorder a few days in advance (and sells out quickly), and it's topped with either ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, shredded iceberg, and shaved sweet onion or honey mustard, sharp cheddar, mayo, shredded iceberg, and sweet onion.

A fried chicken sandwich on a sesame bun sits on white paper on an orange tray
Cutty’s fried chicken sandwich.
Cutty’s

19. Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

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3710 Washington St
Boston, MA
(617) 477-4519
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The Whisk pop-up team settled into their own permanent space in Jamaica Plain a few years ago, where they're serving a varied menu with plenty of surprises. Take the fried chicken, for example — it's served with maple umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum-like fruits), lime, and cabbage, with optional hot sauce. Try pairing it with the maple, miso, and lemon Brussels sprouts.

A fried chicken sandwich with a pickled tomato, side of fries, and a bloody mary sit on a shiny black restaurant table in front of a brick wall.
Fried chicken sandwich at Brassica.
Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

20. Next Step Soul Food Cafe

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657 Washington St
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 514-6456
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This casual cafe opened in Dorchester in late 2016, serving a variety of soul food, including its popular fried chicken. The three-piece chicken plate comes with two sides, such as candied yams or mac and cheese. (Not in the mood for fried? Get barbecue chicken instead — it’s “can’t-put-it-down good,” per The Boston Globe.)

1. Neighborhood Kitchen

84 Spring St, Medford, MA 02155
Overhead view of four round aluminum takeout containers on a table, two with thick waffles (one red velvet) and two with fried chicken tenders.
Chicken and waffles from Neighborhood Kitchen in Medford.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Hidden in a mostly residential corner of Medford, this local favorite serves comfort food with Haitian and Asian influences. The chicken and waffles are a highlight — choose red velvet, Asian sesame and scallion, or honey cornbread for the waffle and one of six flavors for the wings or tenders — but the Spring Street sandwich is also a must, featuring spicy fried chicken with chipotle mayo, bacon jam, and a pickle.

84 Spring St
Medford, MA 02155

2. Revival Cafe & Kitchen

125 Cambridgepark Dr, Cambridge, MA 02140

At the end of the week, it’s “fried chicken Friday” at Revival, with an ever-changing (and ever-popular) chicken sandwich featuring a big hunk of brined and fried boneless thigh and whatever toppings the kitchen dreams up that week. Watch Instagram for an announcement about the sandwich of the week, and expect a crowd.

125 Cambridgepark Dr
Cambridge, MA 02140

3. Sarma

249 Pearl St, Somerville, MA 02145
Overhead view of three bowls of fried chicken, garnished with herbs and served on a Turkish-style silver platter
Fried chicken at Sarma.
Susie Cushner

Visitors to Sarma must save a bit of room to accommodate the surprise specials: Servers roam around the dining room with trays, offering up interesting bites that aren't on the regular menu. While it's always a safe bet that these roving specials are going to be delicious, diners must absolutely say yes to the fried chicken if it appears. The boneless thighs are crispy with a sesame and nigella seed coating, and they're seasoned with green harissa and served with a tahini remoulade.

249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145

4. Manoa

300 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
A plate of fried chicken, white rice, mac salad, kimchi, greens, and a chile-glazed piece of salmon belly
Fried chicken plate at Manoa.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Popular poke shop Manoa is only open on weekends, but navigating the sparse schedule is worth it for the mochiko fried chicken topped with spiced honey. Pair it with some poke and sides like rice and mac salad, but don’t forget to leave room for pineapple cake.

300 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

5. Hot Chix

1220 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
A large piece of spicy fried chicken comes out the edges of a soft bun; it’s topped with slaw and pickles. Two biscuits sit in the background.
Chicken sandwich and biscuits from Hot Chix.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Don’t look for Hot Chix at this address yet; the Inman Square restaurant is set to open later in spring 2022. Meanwhile, the Hot Chix team has been popping up at breweries and restaurants around town for the last few years, serving irresistible Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, biscuits, and other sides. Find pop-up announcements on Instagram.

1220 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. State Park

One Kendall Sq. Bld. 300, Cambridge, MA 02139

Can't handle too much heat? Opt for State Park’s Tabasco honey fried chicken rather than the Nashville hot. Either will more than satisfy all fried chicken needs, and each comes with appropriate sides. There's also a Japanese-style chicken katsu sandwich available, featuring panko fried chicken. Proof of vaccination required for indoor dining.

One Kendall Sq. Bld. 300
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. The Smoke Shop

1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139
Two crispy pieces of fried chicken sit on a bun, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. The bun is on brown paper on a metal tray; there’s a Smoke Shop logo on the paper. A small white bowl of pickles and a watermelon slice are also on the tray.
Fried chicken sandwich at the Smoke Shop.
The Smoke Shop

This Kendall Square barbecue joint — which has four newer siblings around Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville — has plenty of options for those who feel like venturing away from ribs, brisket, and the like. Try the fried chicken in sandwich form (with pimento cheese, ranch, lettuce, tomato, and onion), or get it in a basket with fermented honey hot sauce and a couple of sides.

1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. Lily P's

50 Binney St, Cambridge, MA 02142
Closeup of a fried chicken sandwich with pickled onions, pickles, and mayo
A fried chicken sandwich at Lily P’s.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Lily P’s focuses on two things: fried chicken and oysters. Diners will find a variety of ways to eat the ultra-juicy pressure fried chicken at the Kendall Square restaurant and bar, whether in one of several sandwiches (try the “hot n’ honey” — Nashville hot chicken with black pepper honey, arugula, and Duke’s mayo) or on a plate or on a waffle. The ambiance is fun, too, with darts, shuffleboard tables, and other entertainment. Find a counter-service offshoot at West End food hall Hub Hall.

50 Binney St
Cambridge, MA 02142

9. The Coast Café

233 River Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Overhead view of a black plastic takeout container in three sections. The small sections contain mac and cheese and collard greens; the large section contains pieces of fried chicken on aluminum foil. The container sits on a light wooden surface.
Fried chicken at the Coast Café.
Korsha Wilson/Eater

Open for over a decade, this tiny soul food restaurant in Cambridge is perhaps best known for its fried chicken. About 300 pounds of chicken are served every week, chef/owner Tony Brooks previously told Eater, and the fried chicken combination plate (chicken, two sides, cornbread) is one of the restaurant's best-sellers. The chicken is marinated for 24 hours before frying, Brooks said. (Note: As of press time, the restaurant is on a brief hiatus; watch its website for a reopening date.)

233 River Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

292 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Closeup shot of a fried chicken sandwich with an enormous piece of chicken topped with ranch and pickles, sitting on shredded lettuce.
The double fried sandwich at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

At Roxy's Grilled Cheese's storefronts in Allston and Cambridge (but not at the food truck), diners can get the double fried, a sandwich with twice-fried, buttermilk-brined chicken, lettuce, pickles, ranch, and spicy honey, served on a Portuguese sweet bun.

292 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

11. Bonchon Chicken

123 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Fried chicken wings and drumsticks sit on a white plate, surrounding a small white bowl of white radish cubes
Bonchon fried chicken.
Bonchon

Sure, Bonchon's a giant international chain, but for Korean-style fried chicken cravings (and perhaps a side of cheesy tteokbokki or bulgogi), Bonchon's the place to go. Locally, there are outposts in Allston and Cambridge's Harvard Square; further out, there's one each in Lowell, Salem, and Waltham. Choose a chicken part (wings, drums, boneless strips, or a wing-and-drum combo) and choose a sauce (spicy, soy garlic, or a combo of the two).

123 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

12. Fiya Chicken

1024 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Fiya Chicken opened in Allston in late 2020, further solidifying the neighborhood as the spot for Korean fried chicken. Fiya does twice-fried chicken in many forms (wing, tender, and sandwich), as well as corn dogs fried in pancake batter.

1024 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

13. Buttermilk & Bourbon

160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Several pieces of fried chicken sit in a high-rimmed white bowl on a table with a vase of red flowers visible in the background. Plush red booth seating is also visible.
Fried chicken at Buttermilk & Bourbon.
Maria DeNapoli

With a name like Buttermilk & Bourbon, a restaurant had better serve a good buttermilk fried chicken — and fortunately it does. Get it in the form of wings, boneless thighs, or a bone-in half chicken, served in a choice of styles (Nashville hot, sweet and spicy, or with barbecue syrup or white barbecue sauce). Might as well stick with the fried theme and get some beignets for dessert. There’s a location in Watertown, too.

160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

14. Crave

75 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111
A couple metal trays of saucy chicken wings
Wings at Crave - Mad for Chicken.
Crave - Mad for Chicken

This Chinatown restaurant is especially proud of its chicken, hence its former name, Crave — Mad for Chicken. Fried Korean-style, it comes as wings and drums, chicken and waffles, and more.

75 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

15. Moonshine 152

152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

This South Boston restaurant's award-winning buttermilk fried chicken wings are served with a poblano ranch dressing. There’s also a fried chicken and waffle dish (named for Leslie Knope, one of several nods to Parks and Recreation at Moonshine 152) with Sriracha bourbon sauce and cinnamon honey butter.

152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127

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16. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

The peach sweet chile country fried chicken wings are the move at Darryl’s, but the “glorifried” chicken and waffles are also excellent.

604 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118

17. Slade’s Bar & Grill

958 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120
Fried chicken sits on a white plate on a black background, accompanied by small white bowls of potato salad and collard greens
Fried chicken at Slade’s Bar & Grill.
Slade’s Bar & Grill

Slade’s, which dates back to 1935, is known for its active events calendar, from live music to comedy shows, but don’t miss the food, particularly the fried chicken wings, tossed in “secret seasonings.” The entree portion comes with two sides, such as fried plantains or spicy fries.

958 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120

18. Cutty's

284 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
A fried chicken sandwich on a sesame bun sits on white paper on an orange tray
Cutty’s fried chicken sandwich.
Cutty’s

Cutty's popular Super Cluckin' Sunday special happens just once a month; upcoming dates are posted on the restaurant's website. The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, served on a buttery sesame brioche bun, is available for preorder a few days in advance (and sells out quickly), and it's topped with either ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, shredded iceberg, and shaved sweet onion or honey mustard, sharp cheddar, mayo, shredded iceberg, and sweet onion.

284 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445

19. Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

3710 Washington St, Boston, MA
A fried chicken sandwich with a pickled tomato, side of fries, and a bloody mary sit on a shiny black restaurant table in front of a brick wall.
Fried chicken sandwich at Brassica.
Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

The Whisk pop-up team settled into their own permanent space in Jamaica Plain a few years ago, where they're serving a varied menu with plenty of surprises. Take the fried chicken, for example — it's served with maple umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum-like fruits), lime, and cabbage, with optional hot sauce. Try pairing it with the maple, miso, and lemon Brussels sprouts.

3710 Washington St
Boston, MA

20. Next Step Soul Food Cafe

657 Washington St, Boston, MA 02124

This casual cafe opened in Dorchester in late 2016, serving a variety of soul food, including its popular fried chicken. The three-piece chicken plate comes with two sides, such as candied yams or mac and cheese. (Not in the mood for fried? Get barbecue chicken instead — it’s “can’t-put-it-down good,” per The Boston Globe.)

657 Washington St
Boston, MA 02124

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