Fried chicken is one of those lovable dishes that never goes out of style. The finest fried chicken around D.C. can be found at iconic takeouts, hip bars, acclaimed restaurants, and food hall stalls. Below are some of the standout takes around town.Read More
Where to Get Crispy, Crunchy Fried Chicken Around D.C.
18 top-notch destinations for the fried fan favorite
Executive chef Rob Sonderman, who already has a carnivorous following as pit master at Federalist Pig, turned to chicken at this retro poultry pad that popped in Petworth in January. All natural, cage-free chicken gets a pickle brine bath for 24 hours before taking a trip into a pressure fryer. Along with build-your-own buckets of bone-in white and dark meat, crispy chicken makes appearances in salads, sandwiches, and atop sweet corn waffles.
Hitching Post Restaurant
Petworth’s Bib Gourmand-designated restaurant has been around since 1967. Fried chicken dinners come with two sides, and are priced $19 for a four piece meal or $21 for five wings. Each order is made fresh, so allow 20 to 30 minutes for preparation. Takeout is available by calling the restaurant, and there is delivery through UberEats.
The Black-owned food truck that got its start in 2015 has built up a solid following for its free-range, grain-fed poultry (musician/influencer Bri Hall is one celebrity fan). The business now includes nine standalone stores scattered across the DMV. That includes brand new outposts in North Bethesda and Chantilly, along with U Street NW and Foggy Bottom food hall Western Market. Order online for pickup or delivery.
This lively, neon-lit Shaw bar near 9:30 Club sends out silver trays of fried chicken, tenders, sliders, and sandwiches like the “Drop It Like It’s Hot” with Nashville-basted fried chicken, slaw, pickles, and buttermilk ranch. Both carryout and delivery options are listed on the restaurant website. Stick and stay at the bar for well-executed cocktails.
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Chicken wings and quarters are among the choices for main dishes in this U Street soul food icon’s $54.95 family meal deal. Fried chicken and wings can be ordered a la carte as well. Pickup is available through the restaurant’s website, and there is delivery via Postmates.
Service Bar DC
Golden brown and brined fried chicken options are aplenty at this award-winning cocktail bar in Shaw, which just ranked No. 18 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Choose from classic chicken thighs, served with fries, mac and cheese, and green beans. Find fried chicken priced from $20-$42 depending on order size, and additional sandwich varieties. Carryout available directly through the restaurant’s website. Service Bar has a patio service setup.
One of the most popular menu items from this Korean gastropub from the group that runs ChiKo is its fried chicken served with gochujang glaze and white barbecue sauce. The half chicken is available via pickup or delivery on Caviar for $18, along with patio and dine-in service.
Chicken + Whiskey
The South American street food spot is known for its slow-roasted rotisserie chicken, but Seven Reasons chef Enrique Limardo’s cassava-breaded strips are also a top seller. The deep-fried poultry is tossed in a six-spice seasoning, served with a choice of mango-guayaba or house barbecue sauce. Order online for takeout or delivery daily, or order it from its whiskey bar tucked in the back. An additional location recently landed in Columbia, Md., with another en route to Navy Yard.
Pre-paid pickup and delivery through UberEats are now the game for this local destination for spicy and crunchy Korean fried chicken. There are various combinations of wings and drumsticks (soy garlic, honey, honey spicy, hot honey spicy) to pick from.
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The stylish hotel restaurant dotted with white couches and artwork is known for its gluten-free fried chicken main that gets rested overnight in potato starch, coated with rice flour, and served with hot honey and a warm potato salad ($26). On weekends, buckets of the bird ($46) come with bubbly or beers at brunch for $24 more.
Nestled in a hidden alleyway at D.C.’s shiny new Midtown Center sits this playful mashup between Grazie Grazie sub shop owner Casey Patten and Michelin-rated Maydan alums Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan (now at Caribbean-styled Bammy’s in Navy Yard). Pieces of bone-in chicken — pick white or dark meat, spicy or regular — come by the box or bucket. There’s also combos, sides, salads, and a “Cluck Norris” sandwich that tops jalapeno popper dip and pepper jelly over fried chicken.
Downtown food hall the Block is home to a Filipino American fast-food menu from chefs Tom Cunanan and Paolo Dungca. Fried chicken sandwiches rely on a seasoning mix featuring tamarind powder and long pepper that tastes like sinigang, a sour soup. Adobo chicken nuggets with spicy banana ketchup are also a fan favorite. The menu draws inspiration from global fast-food chain Jollibee, which offers buckets of fried “chickenjoy” with brown gravy in Wheaton, Md. and a new Alexandria, Va. outpost.
The Taiwanese fried chicken served with five spice caramel, chiles, and fried shallots, is one of the most popular items at Erik Bruner-Yang’s cool cafe on H Street NE. Order a $28 large plate for carryout through Caviar or do dine-in.
The fried chicken plate from Bantam King influenced by Chinese and East Nashville flavors comes with steamed rice, chicken drippings, a dinner roll, pickles, and salsa verde. An additional plate comes with a tangy-sweet onion sauce, Japanese curry powder, and shaved Vidalia onions. Dine-in or do carryout through the restaurant; delivery through Caviar or UberEats. A new Sunday-only “Doffle” special pairs a doughnut waffle with fried chicken that’s glazed with sweet and spicy syrups.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Multiple locations)
Classic fried chicken at this D.C. and Falls Church outlet, also known for its fancy doughnuts, comes in two, four, or eight pieces ($7.50-$26), plus chicken fingers. Adding tots is never a bad idea. Both locations have delivery and takeout information on the website.
The famous fried chicken recipe from the late and great French chef Michel Richard lives on at his classy downtown stalwart, served with mashed potatoes, Dijon sauce, and watercress salad ($26). Opt for patio or in-room dining across the recently renovated restaurant. At happy hour, a $9 order of chicken nuggets gets a kick from Sriracha honey.
This Ballston food hall stall from Moon Rabbit chef Kevin Tien focuses on Sichuan-spiced Nashville hot chicken. Its full menu of sandwiches and tenders is available for carryout or delivery. Tien is also associated with Petworth’s cozy new Magpie and the Tiger, which offers kkanpunggi (batter-fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce).
Henry's Soul Cafe (Multiple locations)
Henry’s may have made a name for itself on sweet potato pies, but both locations offer savory soul food classics available for pickup and dine-in, including fried chicken. The chicken is sold by the half or as wings (there’s chicken and waffles as well). Order online for the Maryland location here and the U Street location here.