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Where to Eat the Crispy Fried Chicken in New Orleans

A bucket of fried chicken recommendations for spring and summer

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Tender, crispy, juicy, and sometimes spicy — fried chicken pretty much embodies the best of Southern foodways. While New Orleans is in but not necessarily of the South, its fried chicken offerings are damn fine, and not just Louisiana’s own Popeyes, forever number one in the hearts of many.

This Eater round-up includes a flock of essential spots for fried chicken in New Orleans, ranging from casual to upscale, and all available for takeout. This lineup is mostly about all parts of the bird — sandwiches and wings only are another craving altogether — although Big Freedia’s fave for wings (Manchu) still made the cut. As always, these are ranked geographically, and be sure to check individual restaurant websites and social media.

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1. Fiorella's Cafe, the Original

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5325 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 309-0352
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Brothers Kelly and Calcie Fiorella brought their family’s legacy (dating back to 1940s Central City grocery Fiorella’s Fine Food) and incredible fried chicken to Gentilly in early 2016. The near-perfect chicken at Fiorella’s has just a hint of spicy heat and is served over toasted white bread. Dine-in or call ahead for takeout, available 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

2. McKenzie's Chicken in a Box

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3839 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 943-8908

Black checkered floors, a Coke machine, walk-up counters for ordering, and no dining tables don’t make for anything fancy, but McKenzie’s Chicken in a Box is a local favorite serving crunchy fried chicken that’s never greasy. This inexpensive grab-and-go spot is as good as it gets — and now it’s available via delivery as well on most third-party apps.

3. Manchu Kitchen

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1782 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 948-2556

Manchu is a Seventh Ward hole-in-the-wall place, known as a fried chicken wings and yak-a-mein spot that serves as local legend Big Freedia’s favorite fried chicken in New Orleans. The fried wings are insanely delicious (with a spicy kick on the finish), awesome for party platters needed on the cheap and quick. There’s also fried boneless chicken used in Chinese dishes like fried rice. Parking is a bit difficult, but don’t let that scare you off.

4. McHardy's Chicken & Fixin'

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1458 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 949-0000

It ain’t a party without McHardy’s, and for good reason. This always-busy, tiny takeout spot on Broad is perfect for larger orders (hello, 100 pieces). The consistently delicious crisp chicken is set off by just a touch of peppery heat. Plus, side items like red beans and rice, mac and cheese, dirty rice, and fried okra to really make the meal. The lovely family behind the restaurant earned national attention for the zipline/pulley system they implemented temporarily to deliver fried chicken to customers at the start of the pandemic .

5. Willie Mae's Scotch House

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2401 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-9503
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Often considered one of the best fried chicken offerings in the country, this Treme landmark’s wet-batter recipe sets it apart from nearly every other fried chicken in town, with a crispiness beyond reproach. Dine in or order through Willie Mae’s website for pickup or catering. Also available from the Pythian Market location.

6. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

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1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 766-8687
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The word that Li’l Dizzy’s was closing was a devastating blow during the pandemic — which made its reopening in February by the next generation, Arkesha and Wayne Baquet Jr., such a balm. The iconic Treme corner restaurant offers the same great food for takeout, dine-in, or outdoor dining, including some of the best fried chicken in town, everyday but Sunday.

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7. Dooky Chase Restaurant

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2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-0600
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Dooky Chase is a Treme institution known for many things: its iconic late chef and owner Leah Chase, the incredible gumbo, its place in the Civil Rights Movement. The fried chicken is a winner, available to take out and dine in every day but Sunday for lunch and Friday and Saturday evenings fo dinner. Reservations recommended.

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8. Coop's Place

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1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Coop’s is back, hooray. This hole in the wall is a go-to for New Orleans staples like gumbo, jambalaya, satisfying fried chicken, and red beans and rice at decent prices since 1983. This joint on Decatur isn’t much for cocktails, but its standout version of rabbit and sausage jambalaya goes better with an ice cold beer anyway.

9. Dunbar's Famous Creole Cuisine

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7834 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 509-6287
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Loved for years in its Freret Street home before Hurricane Katrina forced its closure, Dunbar’s settled in to a new home on Earhart Boulevard back in 2017. The menu of fried seafood platters, po’ boys, barbecue ribs, and more is complemented by daily specials, like Monday’s red beans or lima beans with fried chicken (individual pieces are also available on the daily menu).

10. The Fountain Lounge at the Roosevelt New Orleans

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130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-1200
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Luckily, Chef Carl’s Fried Chicken Mondays at the Roosevelt are still going strong, and back in the hotel’s Fountain Lounge. The set menu offers fried chicken, biscuits, coleslaw, red beans and rice, and cobbler, and it is some of the best chicken in town.

Fountain Lounge chef Carl Cushenberry
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11. Willa Jean

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611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 509-7334
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James Beard award winning chef Kelly Fields opened Willa Jean in homage to her grandmother in 2015, and the place is as good as it ever was. Although frying a boneless breast can be fraught with peril in the wrong hands, the fried chicken and biscuit here is outstanding, drizzled with a tabasco honey.

12. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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308 S Diamond St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 252-4870
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New Orleans may not have needed another chain fried chicken place, but no one complained when a location of Tennessee-born Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken landed in the Warehouse District. Crowned the winner of last year’s competitive fried chicken festival, Gus’s is loved nationwide for good reason — the never-frozen chicken goes through many steps before being fried in peanut oil, including a 12-hour marination.

A platter from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, now open in New Orleans
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13. Chubbie's Fried Chicken

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4850 General Meyer Ave
New Orleans, LA 70131
(504) 392-2377
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Chubbie’s looks like a fast food chain, but is actually just a legit neighborhood spot for fried chicken (and fried seafood) on the West Bank. It’s widely regarded as one of the top spots in all of New Orleans, especially for fried gizzards and livers.

14. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

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741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 266-2810
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Former Commander’s Palace chef Cory McPhail claims to have visited more than 80 fried chicken spots before landing on the recipe for his crawfish boil hot fried chicken for Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, a partnership between Commander’s Palace and Reginelli’s. Made using heritage boneless light and dark meat chicken and topped with a Crystal hot sauce “pulp,” this fried chicken is one of the spiciest on the map.

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15. Frankie & Johnny's

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321 Arabella St New
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 243-1234
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While Uptown’s homey seafood destination Frankie and Johnny’s is primarily a destination for crawfish and cold beer on the patio, the fried to order chicken plate is a juicy gem.

16. Chicken’s Kitchen

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629 Derbigny St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 244-2536
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Chicken’s Kitchen in Gretna is New Orleans homestyle cooking at its best, serving large portions, delicious chicken, and great mac and cheese and smothered okra. But back to the chicken — from wings and tenders to legs, these pieces are expertly fried; juicy, tender, and crispy. Bonus — chef Marlon “Chicken” Williams’s food is available for catering.

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1. Fiorella's Cafe, the Original

5325 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Brothers Kelly and Calcie Fiorella brought their family’s legacy (dating back to 1940s Central City grocery Fiorella’s Fine Food) and incredible fried chicken to Gentilly in early 2016. The near-perfect chicken at Fiorella’s has just a hint of spicy heat and is served over toasted white bread. Dine-in or call ahead for takeout, available 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

5325 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

2. McKenzie's Chicken in a Box

3839 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70122

Black checkered floors, a Coke machine, walk-up counters for ordering, and no dining tables don’t make for anything fancy, but McKenzie’s Chicken in a Box is a local favorite serving crunchy fried chicken that’s never greasy. This inexpensive grab-and-go spot is as good as it gets — and now it’s available via delivery as well on most third-party apps.

3839 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70122

3. Manchu Kitchen

1782 N Dorgenois St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Manchu is a Seventh Ward hole-in-the-wall place, known as a fried chicken wings and yak-a-mein spot that serves as local legend Big Freedia’s favorite fried chicken in New Orleans. The fried wings are insanely delicious (with a spicy kick on the finish), awesome for party platters needed on the cheap and quick. There’s also fried boneless chicken used in Chinese dishes like fried rice. Parking is a bit difficult, but don’t let that scare you off.

1782 N Dorgenois St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. McHardy's Chicken & Fixin'

1458 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

It ain’t a party without McHardy’s, and for good reason. This always-busy, tiny takeout spot on Broad is perfect for larger orders (hello, 100 pieces). The consistently delicious crisp chicken is set off by just a touch of peppery heat. Plus, side items like red beans and rice, mac and cheese, dirty rice, and fried okra to really make the meal. The lovely family behind the restaurant earned national attention for the zipline/pulley system they implemented temporarily to deliver fried chicken to customers at the start of the pandemic .

1458 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Willie Mae's Scotch House

2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Often considered one of the best fried chicken offerings in the country, this Treme landmark’s wet-batter recipe sets it apart from nearly every other fried chicken in town, with a crispiness beyond reproach. Dine in or order through Willie Mae’s website for pickup or catering. Also available from the Pythian Market location.

2401 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Clair Lorell/ENOLA

The word that Li’l Dizzy’s was closing was a devastating blow during the pandemic — which made its reopening in February by the next generation, Arkesha and Wayne Baquet Jr., such a balm. The iconic Treme corner restaurant offers the same great food for takeout, dine-in, or outdoor dining, including some of the best fried chicken in town, everyday but Sunday.

1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Dooky Chase Restaurant

2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Bill Addison/Eater

Dooky Chase is a Treme institution known for many things: its iconic late chef and owner Leah Chase, the incredible gumbo, its place in the Civil Rights Movement. The fried chicken is a winner, available to take out and dine in every day but Sunday for lunch and Friday and Saturday evenings fo dinner. Reservations recommended.

2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Coop's Place

1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Coop’s is back, hooray. This hole in the wall is a go-to for New Orleans staples like gumbo, jambalaya, satisfying fried chicken, and red beans and rice at decent prices since 1983. This joint on Decatur isn’t much for cocktails, but its standout version of rabbit and sausage jambalaya goes better with an ice cold beer anyway.

1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

9. Dunbar's Famous Creole Cuisine

7834 Earhart Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70125

Loved for years in its Freret Street home before Hurricane Katrina forced its closure, Dunbar’s settled in to a new home on Earhart Boulevard back in 2017. The menu of fried seafood platters, po’ boys, barbecue ribs, and more is complemented by daily specials, like Monday’s red beans or lima beans with fried chicken (individual pieces are also available on the daily menu).

7834 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125

10. The Fountain Lounge at the Roosevelt New Orleans

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
Fountain Lounge chef Carl Cushenberry
The Roosevelt New Orleans/Official Photo

Luckily, Chef Carl’s Fried Chicken Mondays at the Roosevelt are still going strong, and back in the hotel’s Fountain Lounge. The set menu offers fried chicken, biscuits, coleslaw, red beans and rice, and cobbler, and it is some of the best chicken in town.

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Willa Jean

611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

James Beard award winning chef Kelly Fields opened Willa Jean in homage to her grandmother in 2015, and the place is as good as it ever was. Although frying a boneless breast can be fraught with peril in the wrong hands, the fried chicken and biscuit here is outstanding, drizzled with a tabasco honey.

611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

12. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

308 S Diamond St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A platter from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, now open in New Orleans
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken/Facebook

New Orleans may not have needed another chain fried chicken place, but no one complained when a location of Tennessee-born Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken landed in the Warehouse District. Crowned the winner of last year’s competitive fried chicken festival, Gus’s is loved nationwide for good reason — the never-frozen chicken goes through many steps before being fried in peanut oil, including a 12-hour marination.

308 S Diamond St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Chubbie's Fried Chicken

4850 General Meyer Ave, New Orleans, LA 70131

Chubbie’s looks like a fast food chain, but is actually just a legit neighborhood spot for fried chicken (and fried seafood) on the West Bank. It’s widely regarded as one of the top spots in all of New Orleans, especially for fried gizzards and livers.

4850 General Meyer Ave
New Orleans, LA 70131

14. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

741 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Crawfish boil hot fried chicken basket
Picnic Provisions & Whiskey/Facebook

Former Commander’s Palace chef Cory McPhail claims to have visited more than 80 fried chicken spots before landing on the recipe for his crawfish boil hot fried chicken for Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, a partnership between Commander’s Palace and Reginelli’s. Made using heritage boneless light and dark meat chicken and topped with a Crystal hot sauce “pulp,” this fried chicken is one of the spiciest on the map.

741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. Frankie & Johnny's

321 Arabella St New, New Orleans, LA 70115

While Uptown’s homey seafood destination Frankie and Johnny’s is primarily a destination for crawfish and cold beer on the patio, the fried to order chicken plate is a juicy gem.

321 Arabella St New
New Orleans, LA 70115

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16. Chicken’s Kitchen

629 Derbigny St, Gretna, LA 70053

Chicken’s Kitchen in Gretna is New Orleans homestyle cooking at its best, serving large portions, delicious chicken, and great mac and cheese and smothered okra. But back to the chicken — from wings and tenders to legs, these pieces are expertly fried; juicy, tender, and crispy. Bonus — chef Marlon “Chicken” Williams’s food is available for catering.

629 Derbigny St
Gretna, LA 70053

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