The best fried chicken in every state, according to Yelp

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Spicy Neighborhood Bird from Ekiben.
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  • Yelp determined the best place to order fried chicken in every state.
  • Some restaurants are known for their classic , while others offer unique takes such as Korean fried chicken.
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When it comes to fried chicken, some spots simply do it a little better than others.

To find the best fried chicken for take out, Yelp identified businesses in the restaurants and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning "fried chicken," then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning "fried chicken." When available, all businesses on this list also had to have a passing health score or a score greater than a B/80 as of July 1, 2020.

Every restaurant on the list is also either open for dine-in or offering limited delivery, takeout, or curbside service as of July 1, 2020. 

11选5精准杀号法Here's the best fried chicken in every state, according to Yelp.

ALABAMA: Saw's Soul Kitchen in Birmingham

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Sweet tea fried chicken sandwich at Saw's Soul Kitchen.
Ellyse L./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"The sweet tea fried chicken sandwich was hands down the most flavorful chicken sandwich I've ever had. It had that perfect crunch and was juicy,"

ALASKA: Roscoe's Catfish & BBQ in Anchorage

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Fried chicken at Roscoe's Catfish & BBQ.
Jeriel G./Yelp

"This place is soo good. Get the green beans — chock full of vinegar and southern spices. Ribs and fried chicken are to die for too. They take a little while to deliver but that's because they cook it fresh. You won't be disappointed,"

ARIZONA: BirdHouse in Page

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Fried chicken at BirdHouse.
Ha Vy L./Yelp

"One of the best bites of fried chicken I've ever had! The honey butter fried chicken was delicious, I highly recommend this place if you're passing through,"

ARKANSAS: Cathead's Diner in Little Rock

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Biscuits and gravy at Cathead's Diner.
Cathead's Diner/Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"This place was great. The brisket meatloaf was awesome, and the fried chicken was delicious. The staff was friendly, and the old building was neat. The chef even came out by check on us. We will definitely be back to try the weekend brunch,"

CALIFORNIA: Sweet Blessings by Cyler in Los Angeles

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Fried chicken at Sweet Blessings by Cyler.
Jorge G./Yelp

"Hands down, the best fried chicken I have ever had. Generous portions and you can tell everything is freshly made,"

COLORADO: Denver Biscuit Co. in Denver

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The Franklin breakfast sandwich at Denver Biscuit Co.
Shelley Z./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"So. Fluffing. Great. The biscuits are out of this world. Fluffy, dense, and a little crispy. And topped with fried chicken? And sweetness?? A recipe for addiction,"

CONNECTICUT: Sandra's Next Generation in New Haven

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Fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese at Sandra's Next Generation.
Michael U. / Yelp

"Came here twice in 48 hours. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. The cornbread is the best I've ever had. The fried chicken, mac and cheese, and Caribbean rice were also outstanding. Ask for the blackened sauce to dip your chicken in, it's amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant,"

DELAWARE: Lettie's Kitchen in Hockessin

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Fried chicken at Lettie's Kitchen.
Stephanie D./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"Stopped by here on "National Fried Chicken Day" and got the 16-piece and some sides. I've been hearing about this place for quite some time and it did NOT disappoint. Highly recommended,"

GEORGIA: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room in Savannah

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Fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room.
Kim G./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"This is one of the best restaurants or food experiences that I've been to and most definitely the place to go in Savannah. It's all about the Southern food and hospitality. The family-style meal is worth the wait. The fried chicken is about the best that I've had. The side dishes are delicious as well and the biscuits,"

HAWAII: Adela's Country Eatery in Kaneohe

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Fried chicken at Adela's Country Eatery.
Josh S./Yelp

"I've gotten the 1/2 fried chicken box twice and it's awesome. No interest in trying their pasta, I'm going back for that fried chicken! Love the batter and seasoning, which is more like five-spice salt and pepper style,"

IDAHO: Republic Kitchen+Taphouse in Post Falls

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Korean style fried chicken sandwich at Republic Kitchen+Taphouse.
Taylor G./Yelp

"I'm back now for my second time a month later. Andrea remembered me & my beer of choice, which I appreciated the thoughtfulness and care! Dare I say the food got... BETTER!! Didn't know it was possible with how amazing the fried chicken sandwich is, but I had to go with it again! Perfection, yet again! I love this place,"

ILLINOIS: S.K.Y. in Chicago

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Organic fried chicken at S.K.Y.
Nilendu G./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"S.K.Y. is our favorite restaurant!! Their flavors are inventive and delicious. We have eaten here probably ten times, and truly never had a bad dish! Lobster dumplings are a must each time we go. Other favorites are the fried chicken as well as the cucumbers,"

INDIANA: Shani's Secret Chicken in Indianapolis

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Fried chicken at Shani's Secret Chicken.
Ken N./Yelp

"This place has amazing fried chicken! Definitely the best fried chicken I've tried in Indy. The fried chicken sandwiches are delicious as well. The best part is that everything is 100% halal and cooked with a mother's homemade ingredients fresh in the kitchen... Forget about finger-lickin' good..you might just lick up your entire hand with a taste of this,"

IOWA: Bubba in Des Moines

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Fried chicken and mac and cheese at Bubba.
Rena H./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"This place had the best food I have had in a long time. Fried chicken, Cajun asparagus, and the cream corn were made perfectly. Very fancy interior with a classy bar. Definitely recommend,"

KANSAS: Rye Leawood in Leawood

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Fried chicken at Rye Leawood.
Kristen F./Yelp

"This Leawood location of the popular Kansas City restaurant, Rye, lives up to the hype and reputation of the original. We visited for my dad's birthday and the fried chicken was some of the best I've had. We will be back," .

KENTUCKY: Biscuit Belly – Nulu in Louisville

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The Rockwell biscuit sandwich at Biscuit Belly – Nulu.
Biscuit Belly/Yelp

"Yummy food. Fun atmosphere. I'd recommend the biscuits. If you don't like fried chicken and biscuits this is not for you,"

LOUISIANA: Heard Dat Kitchen in New Orleans

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The Bourbon Street from Heard Dat Kitchen.
Tia'Nesha D./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"The Bourbon Street with crawfish sauce is SO DELICIOUSLY GOOD. I know I shouldn't finish the whole thing in one sitting (it's monstrous) but I can't help it. Drinks are very sugary, but what else would you expect from sweet tea in the south? I've only ordered this through a delivery service so I can't speak to the ambiance, but the fact that the chicken is always perfectly crisp when it arrives, which is difficult for most places to achieve, says a lot,"

MAINE: N To Tail in Portland

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Fried chicken bao at N to Tail.
Melissa D./ Yelp

"The KFC bao is fried chicken in a spicy sauce and comes with pickled daikon and a pickle all wrapped in the delicious airy bread that bao traditionally come in," Yelp user Broderick M. wrote, and Joe F. described it as "phenomenal."

MARYLAND: Ekiben in Baltimore

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Spicy Neighborhood Bird from Ekiben.
Gio H./Yelp

"I absolutely love the Neighborhood Bird. The Spicy Bird is also excellent. I've tried other items on the menu which were invariably delicious but I keep coming back to the two Birds. The service is always incredibly friendly in both Fells Point and Hampden. Ekiben is one of my favorite lunch spots in the city,"

MASSACHUSETTS: Coco & The Cellar Bar in Easthampton

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Fried chicken at Coco & The Cellar Bar.
Melena S./Yelp

"One of the best restaurants in Easthampton. It can be quite tricky getting a seat here, so go early. Some really unusual menu items — though the hands-down favorite among the majority of diners is their fried chicken. It's probably the best fried chicken on the planet. But I also really like to try their specials. Very inspired menu,"

MICHIGAN: The Southerner in Saugatuck

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Fried chicken at The Southerner.
Kelly T/ Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"The best fried chicken biscuit sandwich I've tasted," Yelp user Kavipriya K. wrote. "We got the Nashville Hot, and it was just perfect. Not greasy, not too hot, and super tasty."

MINNESOTA: Revival in St. Paul

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Fried chicken at Revival.
Susan Y./ Yelp

"We both really enjoyed the fried chicken," Yelp user Tim D. wrote. "The breading is unique and crispy. The chicken itself was moist and juicy. The Tennessee Hot tastes as if it's been brushed with a hot sauce, just enough to give it a little spice, but not too much. It was perfect."

MISSISSIPPI: The Pearl Diner in Laurel

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Fried chicken at The Pearl Diner.
Chris G./ Yelp

"We ordered the baked chicken and fried chicken with rice and gravy and jalapeño cornbread," Yelp user Elizabeth T. wrote. "It was excellent. No one was speaking at the table because we were all into our food. Make this place a must go to if you are in the Laurel."

MISSOURI: Southern in St. Louis

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Fried chicken at Southern.
Michael P./ Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"In my opinion, there is no better fried chicken in the nation than Southern in St. Louis," Yelp user Jake W. said. "Everyone I have taken to Southern says the same thing: 'Wow.' If you consider yourself a chicken fan, then you need to be at Southern."

MONTANA: Roost Fried Chicken in Bozeman

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Fried chicken at Roost Fried Chicken.
Amy M./ Yelp

"The friendliest service and the best hot chicken and waffles I have ever had," Yelp user Laurie P. wrote. "If you like spicy [food], this is the place for you."

NEBRASKA: Block16 in Omaha

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Fried chicken at Block16.
Ameya B./ Yelp

"A great item on their menu is the red knight. It's a fried chicken sandwich mixed with hot sauce and Mac and cheese. The chicken is super tender. You can't go wrong with any menu choice at this establishment," Yelp user Kristin O. wrote.

NEVADA: Mama Bird in Las Vegas

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Chicken and waffles at Mama Bird.
Jessica C./ Yelp

"My friends had the chicken and waffles, as well as the chicken wings," Yelp user Steven M. wrote. "I tried them and was completely blown away. The chicken was perfectly seasoned and smoked, in addition to being ruthlessly crispy due to the ever so essential flash-frying they perform to order."

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Farr's Famous Chicken in Hampton

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Fried chicken at Farr's Famous Chicken.
Dillion L./ Yelp

"For the best fried chicken in New England head to Farrs in Hampton Beach," Yelp user Chet F. wrote. "Friendly quick service and amazingly great chicken at a reasonable good price. I love their wings."

NEW JERSEY: Kelsey & Kim's Southern Cafe in Atlantic City

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Chicken and waffles at Kelsey & Kim's Southern Cafe.
Tracy D./ Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"Ordered fried chicken, mac and cheese, candied yams and had some cornbread to start," Yelp user Dana S. wrote. "Everything was so good! So fresh and you know it was prepared right then and wasn't sitting at all. The food was finger licking good."

NEW MEXICO: Nexus Brewery in Albuquerque

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Chicken and waffle at Nexus Brewery.
Lena T./ Yelp

"When I want my chicken and waffle fix, this is my place," Yelp user El D. wrote. "You can go bold with ordering the cornbread and cracklins version (my favorite). The portions are big so that the two-piece is sufficient. They also provide actual maple syrup (not corn syrup), and the red sauce for the chicken is on cue."

NEW YORK: Mad For Chicken in Flushing

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Fried chicken and other dishes at Mad for Chicken.
Iana D./ Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"This place is always very consistent and their soy garlic wings are to die for," Yelp user Katy L. wrote. "I'd have to say their Korean fried chicken is definitely my favorite in all of New York."

NORTH CAROLINA: HomeGrown in Asheville

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Fried chicken sandwich at HomeGrown.
Kelly K./ Yelp

"The chicken biscuit was definitely the star of the show," Yelp user Allen Q. wrote. "The biscuit was soft, buttery, and warm, and the chicken was incredibly crispy and went super well with the gravy. I would highly recommend it."

NORTH DAKOTA: Brew Bird in North River

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Fried chicken sandwich at Brew Bird.
Rick T./ Yelp

"The fried chicken is outrageously delicious, even besting our destination spots in Minneapolis-St. Paul and beyond," Yelp user Ashlee R wrote. "The sauce bar is a nice addition and allows for plenty of customization and experimentation."

OHIO: Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey in Cincinnati

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The Yukon sandwich at Boomtown Biscuits.
Antonio P./ Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"What can I say about the yukon?" Yelp user Beth D. wrote. "It's fried chicken on a biscuit that's topped with sawmill gravy, bacon, and cheddar cheese. The flavor combo makes me feel like I'm cheating on my wife. The chicken is seasoned perfectly and the crispy crunchy layer before you get to the juicy inside is where it's at. I could put that gravy in a glass and drink it."

OKLAHOMA: Nashbird in Oklahoma City

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Nashbird's hot chicken sandwich.
Brian J./Yelp

"We got the hot chicken sandwich with a side of mac 'n cheese, three piece chicken tenders, and the mac 'n cheese poppers," wrote Yelp user Julia T. "Definitely hit the comfort food spot! The flavors were really great and the chicken wasn't overly breaded like a lot of fried chicken tends to be. I loved the mac 'n cheese side and my husband absolutely loved the poppers! They're a must try!"

OREGON: Screen Door in Portland

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Chicken and waffles from Screen Door.
Marissa S./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"This eatery will never disappoint," wrote Yelp user Shelley V. "I can't say enough about the food at this location. Fried chicken and waffles, you can't miss out. The entire menu is well established and coveted by all who make this a regular. I wish I could order and have it sent to the coast."

PENNSYLVANIA: Bae Bae's Kitchen in Pittsburgh

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Korean Fried Chicken from Bae Bae's Kitchen.
Bae Bae's Kitchen/Yelp

"One of the best places to go for Korean in the 'burgh," wrote Yelp user Nicole V. "If you don't know Korean food, the folks here will help you order what matches your palate. The food is fantastic, especially the Korean Fried Chicken. Everything is super fresh and tasty."

RHODE ISLAND: Winner Winner in Newport

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Fried chicken from Winner Winner.
Madeline L./Yelp

"Best fried chicken in Newport hands down," wrote Yelp user Margy G. "I frequent this joint and have been met with consistent satisfaction. My regular order of a double lil clucker hits different every-time. I'm a huge fan. I love pairing my meal with a cold hibiscus tea. LOVE IT!!"

SOUTH CAROLINA: Boxcar Betty's in Charleston

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The Boxcar Sandwich from Boxcar Betty's.
Kat T./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"SO GOOD," wrote Yelp user Laura D. "I got the boxcar sandwich with fried chicken with sweet potato fries. Everything was fresh, flavorful, and just delicious. I'll be back for sure!"

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen in Sioux Falls

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Vietnamese Fried Chicken from Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen.
Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen/Yelp

"Had an amazing lunch here after a nice jog/walk to the falls!" wrote Yelp user Jessica Z. "We tried three different menu items and all of them were delicious! The Vietnamese fried chicken sandwich was amazing! I would order that again and again if I lived here! So happy I did not miss this place!"

TENNESSEE: Monell's Dining & Catering in Nashville

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Southern fried chicken from Monell's Dining & Catering.
Ruth B./Yelp

"The fried chicken was to die for," Yelp user Patrice N. wrote. "I cannot say better things about this place or our meal. You need to go."

TEXAS: Mike's Chicken in Dallas

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Fried chicken from Mike's Chicken.
Adrie S./Yelp

"Where to get that best fried chicken fix in Dallas? Mike's Chicken is where it's at, cooked in 100% refined peanut oil," wrote Yelp user Red F.

UTAH: Chickqueen in South Salt Lake

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Honey Garlic Fried Chicken from Chickqueen.
Joshua S./Yelp

"Super tasty Korean fried chicken done right!" wrote Yelp user Pete J. "Sauces are on point."

VERMONT: Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock

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A fried chicken sandwich from Worthy Kitchen.
Kristin Marie S./Yelp

"I had the fried chicken — yum!" wrote Yelp user B.S. "The warm donuts shared by the whole table were the perfect ending to the meal."

VIRGINIA: Choong Man Chicken in Fairfax

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Red hot pepper tikkudak from Choong Man Chicken — Fairfax.
Julie H./Yelp

"BEST FRIED CHICKEN WINGS IN THE AREA!" wrote Yelp user Christine H. "Don't look further, just order the tikkudak wings and you'll thank me."

WASHINGTON: S/T Hooligans in Seattle

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Fried chicken from S/T Hooligans.
Alvin T./Yelp

"The fried chicken was spot on, you MUST order the jalapeno hush puppies, and the tiramisu was five stars," Yelp user Lisa R. wrote.

WEST VIRGINIA: Rossy's Place in Charles Town

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Chicken and waffles from Rossy's Place.
Raquel W./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"Dropped in on a whim, since we'd not been here before," Yelp user Cherif O. wrote. "Had their different take on Chicken and Waffles (with sausage gravy). Most excellent."

WISCONSIN: Tofte's Table in Waukesha

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Fried chicken from Tofte's Table.
Meagan M./Yelp

11选5精准杀号法"I've never had fried chicken like theirs!" wrote Yelp user Mark G. "It was so tender, and all the meat came clean off the bone. The outside was nice and crispy. The drumsticks were served with a maple glaze. I highly recommend it."

WYOMING: The Handle Bar in Teton Village

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Fried chicken from The Handle Bar.
Christopher S./Yelp

"For lunch we had the baked potato soup, hamburger and fried chicken," wrote Yelp user Ann H. "Delicious!"

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