What chicken are you picking?
When it comes to fried chicken, New Orleans knows how to get down right delicious. Here's a list of nine spots that will surely tease your taste buds.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Memphis-based Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opened its first Louisiana location in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. The chain, known for its hot-and-spicy fried chicken, has been featured in regional and national publications, including a nod as the “best fried chicken in America” by Forbes Magazine. More than 60 years ago, the fried chicken chain began from the back door of a tavern in Mason, Tenn. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken now has several restaurants across the U.S. with more than two dozen locations in 14 states.
Willie Mae's Scotch House
The famous, spicy-battered fried chicken at this New Orleans comfort food staple keeps crowds coming back. Even President Obama stopped by during his Crescent City visit to savor the flavor. Located in the Treme neighborhood, these crispy, juicy pieces of goodness gained nods from food writers as “America’s Best Fried Chicken” and even a James Beard Award. Arrive early to avoid the lunch rush. Plus, don’t forget the sides! Try your hand at the red beans and rice, mac and cheese or the fried okra. (Photo courtesy: Willie Mae’s)
Culinary icon Leah Chase was the chef and proprietor of this historic Creole restaurant known for its role in the civil rights movement, among other notable honors. New Orleans food writers sang praises about her fried chicken. From famous fans to regular customers, the legendary Leah Chase captured hearts and stomachs with her down-home cooking until her death in 2019. Now, the next generation of family members still run the restaurant.
Do we even need to get in-depth for this one? Since its launch in Baton Rouge, Raising Cane’s has grown a household name, and the sauce is the thing of legends. Now, Nation’s Restaurant News named the chicken finger masters the fastest-growing chain in the nation for 2017. Check them out at any of their numerous locations across the city. Photo courtesy: Raising Cane’s
The crunchy-battered chicken pulled from the fryers at this fast-food giant doesn’t hold back the grease or the Cajun flavor. That’s probably what makes Popeyes a drive-thru dominating favorite. The chain started as the brainchild of founding restaurateur Al Copeland in 1972. Spicy or mild chicken paired with buttermilk biscuits and New Orleans-style sides makes for a stomach-satisfying meal.
Manchu Food Store
These crispy, juicy, Chinese-spice tinged chicken wings make Manchu Food Store another New Orleans favorite. Many locals flock to this takeout food spot as their go-to for parties or tailgates. If you can brave the bulletproof glass service window and long lines (mostly the long lines), then prepare to get hooked to the fried chicken plates pushed out with super fast service.
Chicken with a side of Southern Hospitality — the many good reviews of Jacques-Imo’s focus on the inspired menu AND the fried chicken. Satisfy your chicken craving with Austin Leslie’s Fried Chicken, and while you’re here, try the shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake if you have any room left over.
Brother's Food Mart
Ok, so don’t judge us for this one. We dare you not to have a fried chicken craving after leaving a Brother’s Food Mart. Feast on fried chicken for only a few bucks. Plus, the late-night hours and multiple locations make this spot even more of a convenience. Photo courtesy: Brother’s Food Mart via Facebook
This laid-back French Quarter bar and restaurant nails it with their “Cajun Fried Chicken” made with their own bayou blend of seasonings. The entree comes with rabbit and sausage jambalaya and coleslaw. Photo courtesy: Coop’s Place