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Fried chicken as part of Oohs and Aahs’ current Family meal package.
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Where to Get Crispy, Crunchy Fried Chicken for Takeout or Delivery Around D.C.

Great options for enjoying the staple at home

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Fried chicken as part of Oohs and Aahs’ current Family meal package.
| Oohs and Aahs [Photo: Facebook]

Fried chicken is one of those dishes that is ideal for takeout, whether customers want to enjoy it at home or bring along to serve at room temperature an outdoor picnic. Many D.C. fried chicken experts are offering their versions of the bird for pickup right now; below are some of the standout takes around town.

This map focuses on takeout and delivery, but a number of D.C. restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carolina Kitchen Bar & Grill (Multiple locations)

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6501 America Blvd
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 927-2929
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Fried chicken appears in a number of places on this soul food mini-chain’s menu, whether it be full dinners, wings, sandwiches, appetizer “mini chickenburgers,” or even atop a salad.

2. Hitching Post Restaurant

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200 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 726-1511
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This Petworth restaurant has been around since 1967. Fried chicken dinners come with two sides, and are priced $16 for a four piece meal or $17 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.

This restaurant patio is also open with reservations required.

3. Roaming Rooster

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3176 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 507-8734
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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 four trucks and a standalone store in Woodridge that just extended its hours. Next on tap for 2020: a U Street NW location and a new stall inside Foggy Bottom food hall Western Market. Order online for pickup or delivery. — Tierney Plumb

Three wings and pickles topped on a slice of white bread
Fried chicken wings from Roaming Rooster
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4. Primrose

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3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 248-4558
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Brookland wine bar Primrose reinvented itself as Larry’s Chicken & Cheeseburgers during the pandemic, and while that rebranding is over (they’re doing a Moroccan pop-up in July), the fried chicken bucket paired with biscuits and sauces can still be ordered carryout for $30. Wines, naturally, are also available by the bottle. Order directly through the restaurant.

A bucket of fried chicken surrounded by purple feathers
Fried chicken takeout from Larry’s
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5. The Game Sports Pub

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2411 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 846-1952
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This Adams Morgan restaurant with standout Filipino fare has been periodically offering Pinoy-style fried chicken, served with purple slaw, gravy, and Hawaiian rolls, over these past few months.

This restaurant is also open for patio service.

Fried chicken pictured with Hawaiian rolls and two sauces.
Pinoy-style fried chicken from The Game
The Game [Photo: Facebook]

6. Roy Boys

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2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 558-9382
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This newish addition to the scene, from owners Scott Parker and Marlon Marshall, which specializes in fried chicken and oysters, has been doing takeout and delivery from 2-8 p.m. throughout the crisis. Fried chicken is sold by the platter and is also found in tenders and sandwiches. Both carryout and delivery options are listed on the restaurant website.

Close-up shot of fried chicken from Roy Boys
Fried chicken from Roy Boys
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7. Oohs And Ahhs

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1005 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 667-7142

Chicken wings and quarters are among the choices for main dishes in this U Street soul food icon’s $49.95 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.

8. Service Bar DC

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928 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Fried chicken options are aplenty at this bar, which has been featuring a changing fried chicken sandwich over the past several months created by a local chef (right now, the offering is from Opie Crooks of A Rake’s Progress). Beyond that special, find fried chicken priced from $10-$35 depending on order size, and additional sandwich varieties. Carryout available directly through the restaurant’s website.

Service Bar has a patio service setup with QR code ordering in a lawn across the street.

9. Anju

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1805 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 845-8935
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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 $14. It’s also a featured item on the $35 chef’s tasting set.

This restaurant’s patio is also open.

Korean fried chicken doused in sauce
Fried chicken from Anju
Anju’s fried chicken [Photo: Facebook]

10. Chicken + Whiskey

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1738 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-2456
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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. — T.P.

The whiskey bar tucked in the back remains closed, but curbside cocktails are available.

11. KoChix Chicken

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400 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-3468
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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.

12. Benitos Place

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1437 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 299-0977

The Honduran pollo frito is a massive meal at this tiny Central American and Mexican restaurant in Logan Circle. Owners Maynor and Telma Majano serve two pieces of fried chicken that are drizzled with a mayonnaise sauce and served alongside a heaping portion of tajadas (fried plantains), slaw, and beet-red pickles. Call for carryout. — Gabe Hiatt

Benito’s is also open for limited outdoor and indoor seating

13. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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In the early days of the pandemic, chef David Deshaies sold family-style meals, including a fried chicken pack. The French chef’s essential diner in the convention center is back to serving its a la carte menu, but the $45 chicken feast — with mushroom gravy, cream-packed red-skinned mashed potatoes, slaw, biscuits, and bacon jam — is still available for pickup and delivery.

This restaurant is also open for indoor seating

14. Thamee

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1320 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 750-6529
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The Burmese restaurant on H Street NE was Eater D.C.’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year and has garnered national attention from Thrillist and Food & Wine. For now, it’s hosting pop-ups and offering Burmese fried chicken (Sunday dinner only) that’s marinated in fish sauce and lime, then dusted with a dry rub that includes turmeric, ginger, garlic, and a light touch of AP flour. Preorder online for takeout, which comes with sides, desserts, and dipping sauces. — G.H.

Burmese fried chicken from Thamee
Burmese fried chicken from Thamee
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15. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 838-9972
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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. — G.H.

16. Bantam King

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501 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-2612
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The fried chicken plate from Bantam King (with the restaurant describes as being influenced by Chinese and East Nashville flavors) comes with steamed rice, chicken drippings, butter, and soy sauce. Carryout through the restaurant; delivery through Caviar or UberEats.

This restaurant is open for dine-in service.

17. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Multiple locations)

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1308 G St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 809-5565
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Classic fried chicken at this local outlet, also known for its fancy doughnuts, comes in packages of two, four, or eight pieces ($6.25-$22), plus chicken fingers. Adding tots is never a bad idea. Both locations have delivery and takeout information on the website.

18. Central

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Delivery is a new enterprise for this downtown bistro, and they’re offering it through Caviar. The fried chicken meal, featuring light and dark meat, long with salad, veggies, and mashed potatoes (plus wine), serves two for $40, which is impressive for one of D.C.’s more renowned high-end versions of the dish.

This restaurant is open for patio and in-room dining.

Fried chicken from Central
Fried chicken from Central
Central [Photo: Facebook]

19. Hot Lola’s

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4238 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

This Ballston food hall stall from chef Kevin Tien, formerly of Himitsu and Emilie’s, focuses on Sichuan-spiced Nashville hot chicken. Its full menu of sandwiches and tenders is available for carryout or delivery.

20. Henry's Soul Cafe (Multiple locations)

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5431 MD-210
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 749-6856
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Henry’s may have made a name for itself on sweet potato pies, but both locations offer savory soul food classics available for pickup, 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.

The U Street location is also open for dine-in.

1. Carolina Kitchen Bar & Grill (Multiple locations)

6501 America Blvd, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Fried chicken appears in a number of places on this soul food mini-chain’s menu, whether it be full dinners, wings, sandwiches, appetizer “mini chickenburgers,” or even atop a salad.

6501 America Blvd
Hyattsville, MD 20782

2. Hitching Post Restaurant

200 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

This Petworth restaurant has been around since 1967. Fried chicken dinners come with two sides, and are priced $16 for a four piece meal or $17 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.

This restaurant patio is also open with reservations required.

200 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

3. Roaming Rooster

3176 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018
Three wings and pickles topped on a slice of white bread
Fried chicken wings from Roaming Rooster
Roaming Rooster [Photo: Facebook]

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 four trucks and a standalone store in Woodridge that just extended its hours. Next on tap for 2020: a U Street NW location and a new stall inside Foggy Bottom food hall Western Market. Order online for pickup or delivery. — Tierney Plumb

3176 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20018

4. Primrose

3000 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
A bucket of fried chicken surrounded by purple feathers
Fried chicken takeout from Larry’s
@timwalkonwater/Primrose

Brookland wine bar Primrose reinvented itself as Larry’s Chicken & Cheeseburgers during the pandemic, and while that rebranding is over (they’re doing a Moroccan pop-up in July), the fried chicken bucket paired with biscuits and sauces can still be ordered carryout for $30. Wines, naturally, are also available by the bottle. Order directly through the restaurant.

3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

5. The Game Sports Pub

2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fried chicken pictured with Hawaiian rolls and two sauces.
Pinoy-style fried chicken from The Game
The Game [Photo: Facebook]

This Adams Morgan restaurant with standout Filipino fare has been periodically offering Pinoy-style fried chicken, served with purple slaw, gravy, and Hawaiian rolls, over these past few months.

This restaurant is also open for patio service.

2411 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Roy Boys

2108 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Close-up shot of fried chicken from Roy Boys
Fried chicken from Roy Boys
Roy Boys [Photo: Facebook]

This newish addition to the scene, from owners Scott Parker and Marlon Marshall, which specializes in fried chicken and oysters, has been doing takeout and delivery from 2-8 p.m. throughout the crisis. Fried chicken is sold by the platter and is also found in tenders and sandwiches. Both carryout and delivery options are listed on the restaurant website.

2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Oohs And Ahhs

1005 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chicken wings and quarters are among the choices for main dishes in this U Street soul food icon’s $49.95 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.

1005 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Service Bar DC

928 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Fried chicken options are aplenty at this bar, which has been featuring a changing fried chicken sandwich over the past several months created by a local chef (right now, the offering is from Opie Crooks of A Rake’s Progress). Beyond that special, find fried chicken priced from $10-$35 depending on order size, and additional sandwich varieties. Carryout available directly through the restaurant’s website.

Service Bar has a patio service setup with QR code ordering in a lawn across the street.

928 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Anju

1805 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Korean fried chicken doused in sauce
Fried chicken from Anju
Anju’s fried chicken [Photo: Facebook]

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 $14. It’s also a featured item on the $35 chef’s tasting set.

This restaurant’s patio is also open.

1805 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Chicken + Whiskey

1738 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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. — T.P.

The whiskey bar tucked in the back remains closed, but curbside cocktails are available.

1738 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. KoChix Chicken

400 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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.

400 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Benitos Place

1437 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Honduran pollo frito is a massive meal at this tiny Central American and Mexican restaurant in Logan Circle. Owners Maynor and Telma Majano serve two pieces of fried chicken that are drizzled with a mayonnaise sauce and served alongside a heaping portion of tajadas (fried plantains), slaw, and beet-red pickles. Call for carryout. — Gabe Hiatt

Benito’s is also open for limited outdoor and indoor seating

1437 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

In the early days of the pandemic, chef David Deshaies sold family-style meals, including a fried chicken pack. The French chef’s essential diner in the convention center is back to serving its a la carte menu, but the $45 chicken feast — with mushroom gravy, cream-packed red-skinned mashed potatoes, slaw, biscuits, and bacon jam — is still available for pickup and delivery.

This restaurant is also open for indoor seating

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. Thamee

1320 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Burmese fried chicken from Thamee
Burmese fried chicken from Thamee
Andrew Lo/For Thamee

The Burmese restaurant on H Street NE was Eater D.C.’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year and has garnered national attention from Thrillist and Food & Wine. For now, it’s hosting pop-ups and offering Burmese fried chicken (Sunday dinner only) that’s marinated in fish sauce and lime, then dusted with a dry rub that includes turmeric, ginger, garlic, and a light touch of AP flour. Preorder online for takeout, which comes with sides, desserts, and dipping sauces. — G.H.

1320 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

15. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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. — G.H.

1351 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

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16. Bantam King

501 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The fried chicken plate from Bantam King (with the restaurant describes as being influenced by Chinese and East Nashville flavors) comes with steamed rice, chicken drippings, butter, and soy sauce. Carryout through the restaurant; delivery through Caviar or UberEats.

This restaurant is open for dine-in service.

501 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

17. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Multiple locations)

1308 G St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Classic fried chicken at this local outlet, also known for its fancy doughnuts, comes in packages of two, four, or eight pieces ($6.25-$22), plus chicken fingers. Adding tots is never a bad idea. Both locations have delivery and takeout information on the website.

1308 G St NW
Washington, DC 20004

18. Central

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Fried chicken from Central
Fried chicken from Central
Central [Photo: Facebook]

Delivery is a new enterprise for this downtown bistro, and they’re offering it through Caviar. The fried chicken meal, featuring light and dark meat, long with salad, veggies, and mashed potatoes (plus wine), serves two for $40, which is impressive for one of D.C.’s more renowned high-end versions of the dish.

This restaurant is open for patio and in-room dining.

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

19. Hot Lola’s

4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

This Ballston food hall stall from chef Kevin Tien, formerly of Himitsu and Emilie’s, focuses on Sichuan-spiced Nashville hot chicken. Its full menu of sandwiches and tenders is available for carryout or delivery.

4238 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

20. Henry's Soul Cafe (Multiple locations)

5431 MD-210, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Henry’s may have made a name for itself on sweet potato pies, but both locations offer savory soul food classics available for pickup, 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.

The U Street location is also open for dine-in.

5431 MD-210
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

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