1.06.2009

Craving Fried Chicken

I had a dream about fried chicken last night. Not sure what that means exactly, but I got to thinking, "When was the last time I even had fried chicken?" I have no idea. Bad Southerner.

So New Year's resolutions be damned, I need some fried chicken. And since comfort food is a hot restaurant trend, I figure I can get some in an actual restaurant. You know, with waiters who don't wear headsets.

CommonWealth serves fried chicken on Mondays, and the crowd on donrockwell.com approves. Art and Soul serves it during lunch. Then there's the U Street chicken and waffles spots ... Creme, Oohhs and Aahhs, Marvin.

So help me out here. Where's your favorite fried chicken?

29 comments:

Erin said...

I've tried a lot in the city, and right now my favorite is Marvin. Mmmmmmmmmmm ...

Philip said...

The best fried chicken was definitely Chef Gillian Clark's at the posthumous Colorado Kitchen in Brightwood. That being said, I recently had a taste of Logan Tavern's version and was pretty impressed.

Michael said...

Creme, Cashion's when she does it, Oohs and Aahs, and Henry's take-out on U St.

monkeyrotica said...

Chicken wings and mambo sauce at "Evil" Danny's on H Street NE. Fried hard and crispy. And they don't wear headphones.

Personal favorite would be the Korean version of fried chicken. The finest local practitioners would be Myong Dong.

Anonymous said...

Wednesday night's at Jackie in Silver Spring: phenomenal fried chicken.

Claudia said...

Founding Farmers and the Matchbox on Capitol Hill both have pretty good fried chicken that come with amazing sides of mac & cheese.

Anonymous said...

Central has great fried chicken! And delicious, decadent mashed potatoes on the side.

julie said...

I've been meaning to try the "upscale" fried chicken at the places mentioned in the post and comments but there's something about Henry's at 17th&U that keeps me coming back.

Maybe it's the ridiculously sweet iced tea+lemonades, the famous sweet potato pie, the price ($8 for fried chicken, two sides, and cornbread), the copious sides (candied yams, fried okra, and, guiltily, the mac+cheese are my faves) but it's all over-the-top awesome.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Jackie's in Silver Spring slings some mighty fine chicken on Wednesday night. Sometimes on Sunday they will slip it in as a brunch item as well. The best... I ... have ... evah ... had.

CLFoster said...

Levi's Port Cafe under the bridge in Barracks Row. With fresh greens or string beans cooked in bacon grease, mac'n'cheese and teeth-aching sweet tea. Nothing fancy or trendy about it. It's the real thing.

chaofun said...

My personal fav is at Flavor's Soul Food in Falls Church. Love it.

monkeyrotica said...

I'd have the fried chicken at Levi's, but I can never resist the deepfried and smothered porkchops.

Also, BEST mac and cheese in DC. No gruyere. No lobster. Just mac, cheese, butter, and a whole lotta love.

El Chapitan said...

I had a fried chicken crave a few months back, and found The Hitching Post. It might have been the craving, but the chicken wasn't just kinda good, it was beautiful. That, and the sides were massive and plentiful. I give it massive props.

Katie said...

Central. YUM!

Bob Loblaw said...

Ray's The Classics for me. Though of the places already mentioned, I've only tried Marvin and Creme (both with waffles and very good).

Anonymous said...

the fried chicken at madam's organ is exactly what you want. Go there immediately

Amanda said...

What a crispy fried wealth of knowledge! I can't believe I forgot Central. That's probably the last place I had fried chicken, more than a year ago.

And I can't not get barbecue at Levi's but maybe next time I'll save room.

Julie - I hear you on Henry's. I stick with the plain sweet tea, take it home and then water it down. That stuff is potent.

I have some eating to do ... must try Korean version.

Anonymous said...

Central fried chicken is the bomb -- and it's boneless!

Anonymous said...

You must try Stans wings downtown, they are great, they also have the best drinks. Stans is a downstairs place at like 1th and Vermont.

Anonymous said...

Central's is amazing... perfectly crisp, juicy, and not at all oily with a great sweet mustard based sauce on the side.

GoonieGooGoo said...

Most of these Fried Chicken recommendations are too hoity toity....You don't need to be in an upscale environment for fried chicken.

If you want AUTHENTIC real Fried Southern Chicken...you gotta go to those real soul joint off the beaten path places.

I agree with a # of posters here...

FLAVORS in Falls Church is probably the best example with soul fodd and hand made fried chicken....it doesnt come quick but is worth it....and of course EATMORE FRIED CHICKEN on Georgia Ave (if its still open).

Amanda said...

goonie - Your comment reminds me I need to get to Price's Chicken Coop, a classic, when I'm back in NC.

Eben said...

Horace and Dickie's off of H Street NE. No seats, no frills, no comparison to any "upscale" fried chicken. This is the real thing.

Anonymous said...

Agraria still has it on the lunch menu (sadly I think it is off the dinner menu) and it is excellent. Central is also a serious contender.

Anonymous said...

Georgia Browns?

Anonymous said...

What about Popeye's? Bojangles? I make a pretty mean buttermilk fried chicken as well, if I don't say so myself.

Anonymous said...

No more Fried Chicken at Jackie's! And they're doing away with the Elvis burgers as well. New chef wants to put a new stamp on the place. Only insecure cooks do away with a winning formula just 'cause it ain't theirs. New stuff is fantastic, but surely there's room on the menu for some fan faves?

6p00e551f33d638833 said...

Oohs and Aahs is the pick for me. Though I like the boneless, bourgie version at Georgia Brown's too.

cmol said...

Everyone on yelp raves about Bon Chon although I have never been.

I will second Founding Farmers, great chicken and wafles...