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A platter of fried chicken with biscuits, collard greens, mashed potatoes, and pickles is served on a red-and-white checkered paper on a metal tray, which is on a light wooden tabletop. Moist towelettes are visible to the side of the platter.
Fried chicken at Highland Fried
Meghan Ireland

24 Boston-Area Restaurants That Serve Top-Notch Fried Chicken

Crispy, juicy, sometimes spicy

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Fried chicken at Highland Fried
| Meghan Ireland

AUGUST 2020 UPDATE: This map is not currently receiving regular updates due to the pandemic. Instead, check out The Best Boston-Area Fried Chicken Available for Takeout or Delivery for up-to-date information.

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.

A number of restaurants only break out the fried chicken once a week (or in the case of Cutty's, once a month for "Super Cluckin' Sunday") — there's the longstanding tradition of fried chicken and Tiki Mondays at Highland Kitchen in Somerville, for example, although its newer sibling spot Highland Fried serves chicken all week long. (Keep an eye out, too, for the ephemeral fried chicken and biscuit pop-up at Asta, which tends to appear for a few weekends in a row a few times a year.)

Whichever style you're seeking, there's probably a local restaurant that can satisfy your fried chicken needs. Here are 24 to try in and around Boston.

Note: Keep an eye out for lots of new chicken options to try, fried and otherwise, in 2020. Also note that this map doesn’t include brand new spots (under about six months old) that haven’t yet had a chance to establish themselves.

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

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. Southern Kin Cookhouse

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500 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-5966
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This Assembly Row restaurant is frying up a storm with a variety of fried chicken options at lunch, brunch, and dinner. There’s the chicken with cheddar-chive waffles, for example, with pepper-maple syrup and Louisiana-style honey-hot pepper sauce, not to mention the made-to-share bucket of fried chicken with biscuits and four sauces, plus an optional addition of a half or full rack of ribs.

A large waffle topped with fried chicken sits on a white plate with rose-colored floral details. Two glass jars of red sauces sit on the plate, which is on a light wooden tabletop.
Chicken and waffles at Southern Kin
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2. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

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381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-9500
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Rosebud's menu draws inspiration from a lot of places, but particularly the South, so it's fitting that there are several fried chicken options. For dinner, the Tennessee hot chicken — a fried chicken thigh — is served with pickles, aioli, and shredded lettuce. On the weekend brunch menu, try the chicken and waffles or the "classy chicken" sandwich with Vermont cheddar, sausage gravy, and an egg, served on an English muffin.

Interior of a restaurant, featuring shiny red leather chairs and banquettes, a dark gray wall, and mirrors.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
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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. (Note: The chicken is also generally available on the late-night menu.)

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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Somerville’s comeback story of 2019, the poke shop Manoa reopened in its original space eight months after shutting down its storefront to focus on catering and events. The restaurant 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. Trina's Starlite Lounge

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3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0006
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Trina's —open for over 10 years — is a fun spot known for its hot dogs (and cocktails), but it knows how to handle other comfort food, too. The fried chicken on the dinner menu currently comes with hot pepper syrup, potato salad, miso baked beans, and arugula, while the brunch option puts pickle-brined fried chicken strips, American cheese, and pickles on a biscuit. Fried chicken and waffles with hot pepper syrup is also available at brunch, which is served on Sundays and Mondays.

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 in Somerville
Pat Piasecki

6. Highland Fried

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1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-4662
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While Highland Kitchen in Somerville is always worth a visit on fried chicken and tiki Mondays (or any night), its newer Cambridge sibling Highland Fried is basically celebrating chicken and tiki night every night (and at Sunday brunch). The three-piece dinner is a good entry point: three pieces of chicken with one side and one biscuit. But there’s also a whole chicken (three sides, three biscuits), individual pieces, and a fried chicken thigh sandwich. Don’t forget a tiki drink.

A platter of fried chicken with biscuits, collard greens, mashed potatoes, and pickles is served on a red-and-white checkered paper on a metal tray, which is on a light wooden tabletop. Moist towelettes are visible to the side of the platter.
Fried chicken and accompaniments at Highland Fried
Meghan Ireland

7. Bisq

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1071 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-3693
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Chef Alex Sáenz is frying up some of the best chicken in town at Bergamot's Inman Square sibling, Bisq, serving it with buttermilk ranch or chipotle barbecue and Thai bird chile salt. Try a few of Bisq’s small plates on the side, such as house-made ricotta on toasted brioche with honey or maitake mushrooms with spinach and cured egg yolk.

Pieces of crispy fried chicken sit on a white plate on a wooden table next to a window.
Fried chicken at Bisq
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8. The Automatic

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50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-5226
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The Automatic serves a Korean fried chicken sandwich on all of its menus (brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night); it comes with gochujang, kimchi, and cilantro. Counteract the heat with a frozen mudslide.

Interior shot of a black-and-turquoise casual restaurant
The Automatic
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9. 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 chicken katsu sandwich with cabbage, pickled mushrooms, mayo, and Japanese-style barbecue sauce, served on a potato bun.

10. 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 newer siblings in Boston’s Fort Point and at Somerville’s Assembly Row, with more on the way — 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 Smoke Shop
Smoke Shop/Official Site

11. 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.

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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12. 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/Official Site

13. 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, bulgogi, or a sashimi platter), 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), choose a sauce (spicy, soy garlic, or a combo of the two), and choose a size (from five drums or 10 wings or strips up to 20 drums or 40 wings or strips).

Fried chicken wings and drumsticks sit on a white plate, surrounding a small white bowl of white radish cubes
Bonchon fried chicken
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14. 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.

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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15. Shōjō

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-7888
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This Chinatown restaurant is currently serving “version 3.0” of its chicken and waffles, which includes a Hong Kong-style egg waffle, five spice butter, and "sizurrp." Currently available on the dinner menu but not the lunch menu.

Interior restaurant photo shows some high-top seating and a wooden bar. A television screen at the bar reads “<span data-author="-1">Shōj</span>ō.”
Shōjō
Shōjō [Official Photo]

16. Blue Dragon

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324 A St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-8585
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Blue Dragon’s popular buttermilk tempura whole chicken platter, served with sweet chile sauce and “slawce,” is big enough to feed a few hungry diners alongside some snacks and dim sum plates. Available at dinner (not lunch). Follow it with a skillet cookie.

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The bar at Blue Dragon
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17. Sweet Cheeks

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1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300
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Tiffani Faison's Fenway barbecue powerhouse includes a buttermilk fried chicken tray, which comes with one hot scoop (such as mac & cheese or barbecue beans) and one cold scoop (such as watermelon salad or potato salad), plus pickles and onions, as well as white bread if requested. The chicken is also available a la carte.

A sidewalk patio full of patrons outside of a restaurant with “BBQ” signage
Seasonal outdoor seating at Sweet Cheeks
Sweet Cheeks [Official Photo]

18. Moonshine 152

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152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 752-4191
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This Southie restaurant's award-winning buttermilk fried chicken wings are served with a poblano ranch dressing and celery onion slaw. There’s also a fried chicken and waffle dish with Sriracha bourbon sauce and cinnamon honey butter.

19. Slade’s Bar & Grill

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958 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 442-4600
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Slade’s 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/Official Site

20. 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 from 10 a.m. until it sells out, 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. No other sandwiches are available on this day, but there are drinks, house-made potato chips, and hand pies. No phone orders accepted on Super Cluckin' Sunday.

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

21. The Hen House

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1033 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 442-9464
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Chicken and waffles is the order at this counter-service Newmarket Square staple — choose from tenders, wings, or a thigh and drumstick combo. There are also a variety of sauce, syrup, and butter choices to make, and even the waffle comes a few different ways (buttermilk, banana, or cornbread).

22. The Frogmore

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365 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(857) 203-9462
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Fried chicken used to be limited to Sundays at the Frogmore, but nowadays it's available at dinner all week long. Get it on its own (two or four pieces, with a trio of sauces) and order some a la carte sides, such as cast-iron cornbread with honey butter or creamed corn with dill, or try it as a sandwich, with lettuce, mayo, and pickles, with a side salad or fries. There’s also chicken and waffles on the Sunday brunch menu.

A restaurant interior features two different eye-catching wallpapers; one is white with a yellow and green pineapple pattern, and the other has teal and gold diamonds. Red velvet curtains hang in several places.
The Frogmore
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23. 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 herb slaw. The chicken is available in small and large portions and can be made “really” spicy, optionally. Try pairing it with the maple, miso, and lemon Brussels sprouts. There’s also a crispy chicken sandwich with habanero sauce, honey, and pickled tomato available at lunch.

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 [Official Photo]

24. 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. Southern Kin Cookhouse

500 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145
A large waffle topped with fried chicken sits on a white plate with rose-colored floral details. Two glass jars of red sauces sit on the plate, which is on a light wooden tabletop.
Chicken and waffles at Southern Kin
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This Assembly Row restaurant is frying up a storm with a variety of fried chicken options at lunch, brunch, and dinner. There’s the chicken with cheddar-chive waffles, for example, with pepper-maple syrup and Louisiana-style honey-hot pepper sauce, not to mention the made-to-share bucket of fried chicken with biscuits and four sauces, plus an optional addition of a half or full rack of ribs.

500 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145

2. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

381 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144
Interior of a restaurant, featuring shiny red leather chairs and banquettes, a dark gray wall, and mirrors.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
Katie Chudy/Eater

Rosebud's menu draws inspiration from a lot of places, but particularly the South, so it's fitting that there are several fried chicken options. For dinner, the Tennessee hot chicken — a fried chicken thigh — is served with pickles, aioli, and shredded lettuce. On the weekend brunch menu, try the chicken and waffles or the "classy chicken" sandwich with Vermont cheddar, sausage gravy, and an egg, served on an English muffin.

381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144

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. (Note: The chicken is also generally available on the late-night menu.)

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

Somerville’s comeback story of 2019, the poke shop Manoa reopened in its original space eight months after shutting down its storefront to focus on catering and events. The restaurant 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. 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 in Somerville
Pat Piasecki

Trina's —open for over 10 years — is a fun spot known for its hot dogs (and cocktails), but it knows how to handle other comfort food, too. The fried chicken on the dinner menu currently comes with hot pepper syrup, potato salad, miso baked beans, and arugula, while the brunch option puts pickle-brined fried chicken strips, American cheese, and pickles on a biscuit. Fried chicken and waffles with hot pepper syrup is also available at brunch, which is served on Sundays and Mondays.

3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

6. Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
A platter of fried chicken with biscuits, collard greens, mashed potatoes, and pickles is served on a red-and-white checkered paper on a metal tray, which is on a light wooden tabletop. Moist towelettes are visible to the side of the platter.
Fried chicken and accompaniments at Highland Fried
Meghan Ireland

While Highland Kitchen in Somerville is always worth a visit on fried chicken and tiki Mondays (or any night), its newer Cambridge sibling Highland Fried is basically celebrating chicken and tiki night every night (and at Sunday brunch). The three-piece dinner is a good entry point: three pieces of chicken with one side and one biscuit. But there’s also a whole chicken (three sides, three biscuits), individual pieces, and a fried chicken thigh sandwich. Don’t forget a tiki drink.

1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Bisq

1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Pieces of crispy fried chicken sit on a white plate on a wooden table next to a window.
Fried chicken at Bisq
Bisq/Official Site

Chef Alex Sáenz is frying up some of the best chicken in town at Bergamot's Inman Square sibling, Bisq, serving it with buttermilk ranch or chipotle barbecue and Thai bird chile salt. Try a few of Bisq’s small plates on the side, such as house-made ricotta on toasted brioche with honey or maitake mushrooms with spinach and cured egg yolk.

1071 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. The Automatic

50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Interior shot of a black-and-turquoise casual restaurant
The Automatic
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Automatic serves a Korean fried chicken sandwich on all of its menus (brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night); it comes with gochujang, kimchi, and cilantro. Counteract the heat with a frozen mudslide.

50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. 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 chicken katsu sandwich with cabbage, pickled mushrooms, mayo, and Japanese-style barbecue sauce, served on a potato bun.

One Kendall Sq. Bld. 300
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. 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 Smoke Shop
Smoke Shop/Official Site

This Kendall Square barbecue joint — which has newer siblings in Boston’s Fort Point and at Somerville’s Assembly Row, with more on the way — 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

11. 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.

233 River Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

12. 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/Official Site

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

13. 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/Official Site

Sure, Bonchon's a giant international chain, but for Korean-style fried chicken cravings (and perhaps a side of cheesy tteokbokki, bulgogi, or a sashimi platter), 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), choose a sauce (spicy, soy garlic, or a combo of the two), and choose a size (from five drums or 10 wings or strips up to 20 drums or 40 wings or strips).

123 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

14. 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.

160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

15. Shōjō

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
Interior restaurant photo shows some high-top seating and a wooden bar. A television screen at the bar reads “<span data-author="-1">Shōj</span>ō.”
Shōjō
Shōjō [Official Photo]

This Chinatown restaurant is currently serving “version 3.0” of its chicken and waffles, which includes a Hong Kong-style egg waffle, five spice butter, and "sizurrp." Currently available on the dinner menu but not the lunch menu.

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

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16. Blue Dragon

324 A St, Boston, MA 02210
A dimly lit wooden bar at a restaurant
The bar at Blue Dragon
Blue Dragon/Official Site

Blue Dragon’s popular buttermilk tempura whole chicken platter, served with sweet chile sauce and “slawce,” is big enough to feed a few hungry diners alongside some snacks and dim sum plates. Available at dinner (not lunch). Follow it with a skillet cookie.

324 A St
Boston, MA 02210

17. Sweet Cheeks

1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
A sidewalk patio full of patrons outside of a restaurant with “BBQ” signage
Seasonal outdoor seating at Sweet Cheeks
Sweet Cheeks [Official Photo]

Tiffani Faison's Fenway barbecue powerhouse includes a buttermilk fried chicken tray, which comes with one hot scoop (such as mac & cheese or barbecue beans) and one cold scoop (such as watermelon salad or potato salad), plus pickles and onions, as well as white bread if requested. The chicken is also available a la carte.

1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

18. Moonshine 152

152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

This Southie restaurant's award-winning buttermilk fried chicken wings are served with a poblano ranch dressing and celery onion slaw. There’s also a fried chicken and waffle dish with Sriracha bourbon sauce and cinnamon honey butter.

152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127

19. 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

Slade’s 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

20. 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/Official Site

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 from 10 a.m. until it sells out, 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. No other sandwiches are available on this day, but there are drinks, house-made potato chips, and hand pies. No phone orders accepted on Super Cluckin' Sunday.

284 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445

21. The Hen House

1033 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Chicken and waffles is the order at this counter-service Newmarket Square staple — choose from tenders, wings, or a thigh and drumstick combo. There are also a variety of sauce, syrup, and butter choices to make, and even the waffle comes a few different ways (buttermilk, banana, or cornbread).

1033 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

22. The Frogmore

365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
A restaurant interior features two different eye-catching wallpapers; one is white with a yellow and green pineapple pattern, and the other has teal and gold diamonds. Red velvet curtains hang in several places.
The Frogmore
Chris Coe/Eater

Fried chicken used to be limited to Sundays at the Frogmore, but nowadays it's available at dinner all week long. Get it on its own (two or four pieces, with a trio of sauces) and order some a la carte sides, such as cast-iron cornbread with honey butter or creamed corn with dill, or try it as a sandwich, with lettuce, mayo, and pickles, with a side salad or fries. There’s also chicken and waffles on the Sunday brunch menu.

365 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

23. 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 [Official Photo]

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 herb slaw. The chicken is available in small and large portions and can be made “really” spicy, optionally. Try pairing it with the maple, miso, and lemon Brussels sprouts. There’s also a crispy chicken sandwich with habanero sauce, honey, and pickled tomato available at lunch.

3710 Washington St
Boston, MA

24. 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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