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Fried chicken at the Coast Cafe
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The Best Boston-Area Fried Chicken Available for Takeout or Delivery

These excellent purveyors of fried chicken are currently offering takeout and/or delivery

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Fried chicken at the Coast Cafe
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Restaurants began to reopen for outdoor and indoor dining in June 2020, but the pandemic continues on, and many diners are sticking with takeout and delivery for now. Fortunately, some of the Boston area’s best purveyors of fried chicken are offering their versions of the ultimate comfort food for takeout and delivery.

Wings, sandwiches, waffles, and more, here are 20 of the Boston area’s best fried chicken options currently available for at-home dining.

Please note that a number of Boston restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sarma Restaurant

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249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-4464
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Somerville hot spot Sarma is known for many things, but its sesame fried chicken with tahini remoulade is a cult favorite. During normal times, it’s not available on the regular dinner menu but occasionally makes the rounds on a tray from which you can order in the middle of your meal, and it’s also available on the late-night menu. Now, it’s on the takeout menu. (Note: The Black Sea cornbread with feta and jalapeno is also a must.)

Sarma is open for indoor dining (make reservations, which are required, here) and takeout.

Overhead view of three bowls of fried chicken, garnished with herbs and served on a Turkish-style silver platter
Sarma’s sesame fried chicken is available for takeout
Susie Cushner

2. Manoa Poke Shop

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300 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 945-1042
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Somerville’s friendly poke shop Manoa serves great poke, of course, but fans know that the mochiko fried chicken topped with spiced honey is a highlight (as is the pineapple cake).

Manoa is open for takeout.

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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3. Trina's Starlite Lounge

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3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0006
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Hot dogs, cocktails, retro vibes — Trina’s has it all, and fantastic fried chicken as well. The current version comes with hot pepper syrup (on the side), mashed potatoes, veggie gravy, garlicky green beans, and house made biscuits. Trina’s also does fried chicken and waffles.

Trina’s is open for takeout and delivery. Diners can also order to-go beer, wine, and cocktails, and donate money to help support Trina’s employees.

A plate of fried chicken with collard greens and a biscuit sits on a black tabletop on a black background. There’s a bottle of Miller High Life to the side of the plate.
Fried chicken at Trina’s Starlite Lounge
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4. Highland Fried

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1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-4662
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This Highland Kitchen sibling is doing some of the best fried chicken (in drumstick, thigh, wing, and sandwich form) in Greater Boston. Don’t forget the buttermilk biscuits or the kale and Brussels sprouts Caesar — or a to-go cocktail or two.

Highland Fried is open for takeout and delivery.

An overhead shot of fried chicken resting on a plate that is covered with a red and white checkered sheet of wax paper Highland Fried/Official Website

5. The Coast Cafe

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233 River St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-7644
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Tony Brooks’ Cambridge soul food gem is best known for its fried chicken; the combo plate of chicken with two sides and cornbread is one of the restaurant’s best-sellers, as Brooks once told Eater. Coast Cafe is currently typically open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., but check Facebook for updates.

The Coast Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

Fried chicken plated on foil with sides of mac and cheese and collard greens
Fried chicken at the Coast Cafe
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6. Shy Bird

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390 Third St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 714-4200
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Branch Line’s Cambridge sibling, Shy Bird, is best-known for its rotisserie chicken, but the fried chicken is also top-notch, especially in sandwich form with hot honey, pepperjack, and eggs, served on a Portuguese bun.

Shy Bird is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining (make reservations here), takeout, and delivery.

A fried chicken sandwich served on a Portuguese bun is in the foreground of the photo, with a stacked-high sugar snap pea salad and a roasted cauliflower sandwich in the background. Shot at Shy Bird in Cambridge.
Fried chicken sandwich and more from Shy Bird
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7. Hot Chix

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(Don’t look for Hot Chix at the location of this map point — it’s a pop-up; this is just where Google automatically sticks a pin for “Boston.”) Nashville hot chicken pop-up Hot Chix may eventually open a brick-and-mortar location, but for now, it frequently pops up in and around Boston.

Currently offering takeout at sporadic pop-ups; watch Instagram for updates.

Order: Varies by event

White trays in a restaurant kitchen are each topped with a Nashville hot chicken sandwich and sides
Fried chicken sandwiches from Hot Chix
Hot Chix [Official Photo]

8. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

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485 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 202-5864
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Roxy’s might be better known for its titular grilled cheese, but the double-fried, buttermilk-brined chicken sandwich is a hit as well, served with Grillo’s pickles, ranch, and honey on a locally baked bun.

Roxy’s is open for takeout and delivery from its Allston location from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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/Official Site

9. Bonchon Chicken

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123 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 254-8888
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International chain Bonchon, which specializes in Korean-style fried chicken, has several popular Boston-area locations that currently remain open on various takeout and delivery platforms. Order various combos of wings and strips, along with some Korean dishes and sides.

Bonchon is offering takeout and delivery from most locations. Ordering platforms differ by location; look up your nearest location here for relevant links and details.

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Bonchon fried chicken
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10. Coreanos

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172 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 208-8822
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Allston’s Korean fusion spot hits all the right notes with its Korean fried chicken options, extra crispy thanks to double-frying. The yang yum sauce is a must, but you should also try the spicy or sweet garlic soy or the pa dak (sweet mustard with scallions).

Coreanos is open for takeout and delivery.

11. FIYA Chicken

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1024 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 208-8659
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Fiya Chicken opened in Allston in December, 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 corndogs fried in pancake batter.

Fiya is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery from its website.

12. Buttermilk & Bourbon

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160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-1122
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New Orleans-inspired Buttermilk & Bourbon serves fried chicken in the form of wings, boneless thighs, and a bone-in half chicken, each with a variety of sauces — Nashville hot, white barbecue, and more.

Buttermilk & Bourbon is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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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13. The Smoke Shop BBQ

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343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 261-7427
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The barbecue mini-chain is probably best known for its ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, but its fried chicken is exceptional too, and it’s available in sandwich form or in a basket with sides.

Smoke Shop BBQ has three additional outposts — one in Kendall Square (the original), one in Somerville’s Assembly Row complex, and a takeout only spot in Harvard Square. The Seaport, Kendall, and Assembly Row locations are open for indoor dining and patio dining (make reservations here), as well as takeout and delivery.

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 Smoke Shop
Smoke Shop/Official Site

14. Crave - Mad for Chicken

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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 the name. Fried Korean-style, it comes as wings and drums, chicken and waffles, and more.

Crave is open for takeout and delivery.

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

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1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300
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At this Fenway barbecue joint, get the buttermilk fried chicken as a four-, eight-, or 12-piece meal, or in sandwich form. There’s also a wings tray and a chicken strips tray. Be sure to accompany it with buttermilk biscuits and honey butter.

Sweet Cheeks is open for takeout and delivery.

16. Moonshine 152

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152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 752-4191
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Moonshine 152’s chicken and waffle is a favorite, served with Sriracha bourbon sauce and cinnamon honey butter. There are also buttermilk fried chicken wings available, served with poblano ranch.

Moonshine 152 is open for indoor and outdoor dining (reserve here), takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

17. 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 fried chicken and waffles are also excellent.

Darryl’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

18. Slade’s Bar & Grill

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958 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 442-4600
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In normal times, Slade’s has an active lineup of live music and comedy, but it’s also worth a trip just for the food, particularly the fried chicken wings. Get the dinner portion for a choice of two sides.

Slade’s Bar & Grill is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDashGrubhubSeamless, and Uber Eats.

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
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19. Maxine's On Saint James

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304 Dudley St
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 427-0927
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Maxine’s On Saint James is the spot for Cajun and Creole inspired cuisine, and it’s also the spot for a chicken and waffles po’ boy, where a Belgian waffle functions as the bun and crispy, golden pieces of fried chicken do the rest.

Maxine’s On Saint James is open for takeout and delivery via Chow NowDoorDashGrubhubPostmatesSeamless, and Uber Eats.

20. Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

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3710 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 477-4519
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Fried chicken features heavily on the current menu for Jamaica Plain favorite Brassica, which is offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Depending on the time of day, you might find chicken in the form of a sandwich, or on its own (in a portion for one or two people) with maple umeboshi, lemon, and slaw. The risotto is a must-order, too, if available.

Brassica is open for outdoor dining (make reservations online), takeout and delivery.

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 at Brassica
Brassica Kitchen + Cafe [Official Photo]

1. Sarma Restaurant

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
Sarma’s sesame fried chicken is available for takeout
Susie Cushner

Somerville hot spot Sarma is known for many things, but its sesame fried chicken with tahini remoulade is a cult favorite. During normal times, it’s not available on the regular dinner menu but occasionally makes the rounds on a tray from which you can order in the middle of your meal, and it’s also available on the late-night menu. Now, it’s on the takeout menu. (Note: The Black Sea cornbread with feta and jalapeno is also a must.)

Sarma is open for indoor dining (make reservations, which are required, here) and takeout.

249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145

2. Manoa Poke Shop

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

Somerville’s friendly poke shop Manoa serves great poke, of course, but fans know that the mochiko fried chicken topped with spiced honey is a highlight (as is the pineapple cake).

Manoa is open for takeout.

300 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Trina's Starlite Lounge

3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
A plate of fried chicken with collard greens and a biscuit sits on a black tabletop on a black background. There’s a bottle of Miller High Life to the side of the plate.
Fried chicken at Trina’s Starlite Lounge
Pat Piasecki

Hot dogs, cocktails, retro vibes — Trina’s has it all, and fantastic fried chicken as well. The current version comes with hot pepper syrup (on the side), mashed potatoes, veggie gravy, garlicky green beans, and house made biscuits. Trina’s also does fried chicken and waffles.

Trina’s is open for takeout and delivery. Diners can also order to-go beer, wine, and cocktails, and donate money to help support Trina’s employees.

3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
An overhead shot of fried chicken resting on a plate that is covered with a red and white checkered sheet of wax paper Highland Fried/Official Website

This Highland Kitchen sibling is doing some of the best fried chicken (in drumstick, thigh, wing, and sandwich form) in Greater Boston. Don’t forget the buttermilk biscuits or the kale and Brussels sprouts Caesar — or a to-go cocktail or two.

Highland Fried is open for takeout and delivery.

1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. The Coast Cafe

233 River St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Fried chicken plated on foil with sides of mac and cheese and collard greens
Fried chicken at the Coast Cafe
Korsha Wilson/Eater

Tony Brooks’ Cambridge soul food gem is best known for its fried chicken; the combo plate of chicken with two sides and cornbread is one of the restaurant’s best-sellers, as Brooks once told Eater. Coast Cafe is currently typically open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., but check Facebook for updates.

The Coast Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

233 River St
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Shy Bird

390 Third St, Cambridge, MA 02142
A fried chicken sandwich served on a Portuguese bun is in the foreground of the photo, with a stacked-high sugar snap pea salad and a roasted cauliflower sandwich in the background. Shot at Shy Bird in Cambridge.
Fried chicken sandwich and more from Shy Bird
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Branch Line’s Cambridge sibling, Shy Bird, is best-known for its rotisserie chicken, but the fried chicken is also top-notch, especially in sandwich form with hot honey, pepperjack, and eggs, served on a Portuguese bun.

Shy Bird is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining (make reservations here), takeout, and delivery.

390 Third St
Cambridge, MA 02142

7. Hot Chix

Boston, MA
White trays in a restaurant kitchen are each topped with a Nashville hot chicken sandwich and sides
Fried chicken sandwiches from Hot Chix
Hot Chix [Official Photo]

(Don’t look for Hot Chix at the location of this map point — it’s a pop-up; this is just where Google automatically sticks a pin for “Boston.”) Nashville hot chicken pop-up Hot Chix may eventually open a brick-and-mortar location, but for now, it frequently pops up in and around Boston.

Currently offering takeout at sporadic pop-ups; watch Instagram for updates.

Order: Varies by event

8. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

485 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
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/Official Site

Roxy’s might be better known for its titular grilled cheese, but the double-fried, buttermilk-brined chicken sandwich is a hit as well, served with Grillo’s pickles, ranch, and honey on a locally baked bun.

Roxy’s is open for takeout and delivery from its Allston location from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

485 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

9. Bonchon Chicken

123 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
Chicken wings on a white plate
Bonchon fried chicken
Bonchon/Official Site

International chain Bonchon, which specializes in Korean-style fried chicken, has several popular Boston-area locations that currently remain open on various takeout and delivery platforms. Order various combos of wings and strips, along with some Korean dishes and sides.

Bonchon is offering takeout and delivery from most locations. Ordering platforms differ by location; look up your nearest location here for relevant links and details.

123 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

10. Coreanos

172 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

Allston’s Korean fusion spot hits all the right notes with its Korean fried chicken options, extra crispy thanks to double-frying. The yang yum sauce is a must, but you should also try the spicy or sweet garlic soy or the pa dak (sweet mustard with scallions).

Coreanos is open for takeout and delivery.

172 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

11. FIYA Chicken

1024 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Fiya Chicken opened in Allston in December, 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 corndogs fried in pancake batter.

Fiya is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery from its website.

1024 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

12. 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

New Orleans-inspired Buttermilk & Bourbon serves fried chicken in the form of wings, boneless thighs, and a bone-in half chicken, each with a variety of sauces — Nashville hot, white barbecue, and more.

Buttermilk & Bourbon is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

13. The Smoke Shop BBQ

343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
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 Smoke Shop
Smoke Shop/Official Site

The barbecue mini-chain is probably best known for its ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, but its fried chicken is exceptional too, and it’s available in sandwich form or in a basket with sides.

Smoke Shop BBQ has three additional outposts — one in Kendall Square (the original), one in Somerville’s Assembly Row complex, and a takeout only spot in Harvard Square. The Seaport, Kendall, and Assembly Row locations are open for indoor dining and patio dining (make reservations here), as well as takeout and delivery.

343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

14. Crave - Mad for Chicken

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

This Chinatown restaurant is especially proud of its chicken, hence the name. Fried Korean-style, it comes as wings and drums, chicken and waffles, and more.

Crave is open for takeout and delivery.

75 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

15. Sweet Cheeks Q

1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

At this Fenway barbecue joint, get the buttermilk fried chicken as a four-, eight-, or 12-piece meal, or in sandwich form. There’s also a wings tray and a chicken strips tray. Be sure to accompany it with buttermilk biscuits and honey butter.

Sweet Cheeks is open for takeout and delivery.

1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

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16. Moonshine 152

152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

Moonshine 152’s chicken and waffle is a favorite, served with Sriracha bourbon sauce and cinnamon honey butter. There are also buttermilk fried chicken wings available, served with poblano ranch.

Moonshine 152 is open for indoor and outdoor dining (reserve here), takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127

17. 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 fried chicken and waffles are also excellent.

Darryl’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

604 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118

18. 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/Official Site

In normal times, Slade’s has an active lineup of live music and comedy, but it’s also worth a trip just for the food, particularly the fried chicken wings. Get the dinner portion for a choice of two sides.

Slade’s Bar & Grill is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDashGrubhubSeamless, and Uber Eats.

958 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120

19. Maxine's On Saint James

304 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02119

Maxine’s On Saint James is the spot for Cajun and Creole inspired cuisine, and it’s also the spot for a chicken and waffles po’ boy, where a Belgian waffle functions as the bun and crispy, golden pieces of fried chicken do the rest.

Maxine’s On Saint James is open for takeout and delivery via Chow NowDoorDashGrubhubPostmatesSeamless, and Uber Eats.

304 Dudley St
Boston, MA 02119

20. Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

3710 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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 at Brassica
Brassica Kitchen + Cafe [Official Photo]

Fried chicken features heavily on the current menu for Jamaica Plain favorite Brassica, which is offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Depending on the time of day, you might find chicken in the form of a sandwich, or on its own (in a portion for one or two people) with maple umeboshi, lemon, and slaw. The risotto is a must-order, too, if available.

Brassica is open for outdoor dining (make reservations online), takeout and delivery.

3710 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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