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Eater's Ultimate Fried Chicken Picnic Guide

An updated guide to the best take-out fried chicken in D.C.

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It's almost time for outdoor picnics and backyard barbecues. Fried chicken, a timeless classic and one of the top picnic foods of all time, can be a cornerstone of these spring and summer outings.

Plus, few things taste better when there's a crispy coating tightly gripping the skin and perfectly cooked meat underneath. Taking the whole experience outside is too good of an opportunity to pass up. Local restaurants know this and offer boxes and platters to go for fried chicken enthusiasts to feast wherever they wish. Sides are also available, but, let’s be real, the chicken is where it's at.

Luckily, the D.C. area also offers a whole host of flavors, ranging from traditional Southern, to Nashville hot chicken, and the twice-fried Korean variety. Here's a list of restaurants that not only specialize in the comfort food but also offer it up for take-out, satisfying those fried-chicken needs for picnics, lunches in the park, and more.

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Art and Soul

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Art and Soul serves their buttermilk fried chicken in ready-to-go picnic lunches for two. The $40 chicken meal comes with biscuits, coleslaw, potato salad, a cookie, and cherry soda.

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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

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D.C.’s grab-and-go chicken and doughnut spot has several options. Prices are $5.75 (two pieces), $11.00 (4 pieces) or $19.75 (eight pieces). Five chicken fingers are $7.50.

Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

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Venture into the depths of Union Station for a ton of take-out fried chicken options at Bojangles. The 12-piece box comes with six biscuits, while the 20-piece comes with 10 biscuits.

Bonchon Chicken

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No fried chicken list would be complete without BonChon. The Korean twice-fried chicken is flavored with soy garlic. It's available to-go as wings, strips, drumsticks, or a wing and leg combo. Order sizes range from three to 20 pieces with prices from $12 to $30.

Boss Shepherd's Restaurant & Whiskey Bar

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Boss Shepherd’s also offers take-anywhere fried chicken. Get half of an entire 12-hour brined chicken (leg, breast, thigh) with deep-fried potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit on the side for $24.

Boundary Stone Public House

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Boundary Stone’s fried chicken can be ordered to go anytime. It comes with rosemary fingerling potatoes and collard greens for $15.

Busboys and Poets

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Every location of Busboys and Poets has their herb-encrusted fried chicken. The meal, which can be taken to go, includes a chardonnay cream sauce, mashed potatoes and collard greens for $16.

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Michel Richard's acclaimed fried chicken dish goes for $24.50 at lunch and $25 at dinner. It includes two pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes and a salad.

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Crisp has a Southern fried chicken platter for $15 that includes half an Allen Farms chicken and a choice of two sides (stewed okra and tomatoes, barbecue beans, greens, chopped slaw, or fries).

Crown Fried Chicken

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Open daily until 4 a.m. and then open again at 6:45, H Street’s Crown can satisfy a take-out fried chicken fix at just about any hour of the day. The exceedingly affordable meals start at $3.95 for two pieces and a side with a 21-piece and two-side order available for just $23.95.

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The famous fried chicken at Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant with locations in Ashburn and Frederick is available to-go as four pieces with two biscuits for $15.

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The Falls Church soul food restaurant serves up fried chicken platters and dinners with quarter-chicken of white or dark meat. Platters ($10.50, white; $8.50 dark) include fries and cornbread and dinners ($14.95, $12.95) include two sides and cornbread.

Momofuku CCDC

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During Friday lunch hours (specifically Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), Momofuku has a fried chicken meal that can be enjoyed to-go. It consists of two pieces of chicken, one biscuit, and kimchi coleslaw for $12.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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Pearl Dive has a six-piece fried chicken meal accompanied by bacon-braised greens, creamy coleslaw, and jalapeño corn muffins for $25.

Popeyes

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Popeye’s now offers the $5 Bonafide Big Box, which includes two mixed pieces or three chicken tenders with two regular sides and one biscuit. Their options for sides are coleslaw, Cajun fries, red beans and rice, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, and onion rings. With three locations in D.C. alone, it’s easy to satisfy that Popeye’s craving.

The Chickery

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The Chickery Sampler consists of ¼ rotisserie of choice, one chicken feather, one chicken finger, one side, ½ naked salad and a dipping sauce. They also offer The Chickery Box, which has one chicken feather, one chicken finger, one side, ½ naked salad and a dipping sauce. Sides at The Chickery include jalapeño cheddar corn bread, garlic smashed potatoes, crunch top mac ‘n’ cheese and shoestring fries.

The Fainting Goat

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Starting Monday June 6, Fainting Goat will have “Picnics at the Goat” every Monday until the end of September. They’re starting with a fried chicken feast. This will include smoke gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, peel and eat shrimp, creamy coleslaw, cornbread and pretzel salad with mascarpone and macerated strawberries. Prices will range from $25-$50 per person.

The Hitching Post

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This Upshur Street hole-in-the-wall offers a four-piece fried chicken dinner with a choice of two sides for $16.

Art and Soul

Art and Soul serves their buttermilk fried chicken in ready-to-go picnic lunches for two. The $40 chicken meal comes with biscuits, coleslaw, potato salad, a cookie, and cherry soda.

[Photo: Eater.com]

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

D.C.’s grab-and-go chicken and doughnut spot has several options. Prices are $5.75 (two pieces), $11.00 (4 pieces) or $19.75 (eight pieces). Five chicken fingers are $7.50.

Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

Venture into the depths of Union Station for a ton of take-out fried chicken options at Bojangles. The 12-piece box comes with six biscuits, while the 20-piece comes with 10 biscuits.

Bonchon Chicken

No fried chicken list would be complete without BonChon. The Korean twice-fried chicken is flavored with soy garlic. It's available to-go as wings, strips, drumsticks, or a wing and leg combo. Order sizes range from three to 20 pieces with prices from $12 to $30.

Boss Shepherd's Restaurant & Whiskey Bar

Boss Shepherd’s also offers take-anywhere fried chicken. Get half of an entire 12-hour brined chicken (leg, breast, thigh) with deep-fried potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit on the side for $24.

Boundary Stone Public House

Boundary Stone’s fried chicken can be ordered to go anytime. It comes with rosemary fingerling potatoes and collard greens for $15.

Busboys and Poets

Every location of Busboys and Poets has their herb-encrusted fried chicken. The meal, which can be taken to go, includes a chardonnay cream sauce, mashed potatoes and collard greens for $16.

Central Michel Richard

Michel Richard's acclaimed fried chicken dish goes for $24.50 at lunch and $25 at dinner. It includes two pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes and a salad.

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Crisp

Crisp has a Southern fried chicken platter for $15 that includes half an Allen Farms chicken and a choice of two sides (stewed okra and tomatoes, barbecue beans, greens, chopped slaw, or fries).

Crown Fried Chicken

Open daily until 4 a.m. and then open again at 6:45, H Street’s Crown can satisfy a take-out fried chicken fix at just about any hour of the day. The exceedingly affordable meals start at $3.95 for two pieces and a side with a 21-piece and two-side order available for just $23.95.

Family Meal

The famous fried chicken at Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant with locations in Ashburn and Frederick is available to-go as four pieces with two biscuits for $15.

Flavors

The Falls Church soul food restaurant serves up fried chicken platters and dinners with quarter-chicken of white or dark meat. Platters ($10.50, white; $8.50 dark) include fries and cornbread and dinners ($14.95, $12.95) include two sides and cornbread.

Momofuku CCDC

During Friday lunch hours (specifically Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), Momofuku has a fried chicken meal that can be enjoyed to-go. It consists of two pieces of chicken, one biscuit, and kimchi coleslaw for $12.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Pearl Dive has a six-piece fried chicken meal accompanied by bacon-braised greens, creamy coleslaw, and jalapeño corn muffins for $25.

Popeyes

Popeye’s now offers the $5 Bonafide Big Box, which includes two mixed pieces or three chicken tenders with two regular sides and one biscuit. Their options for sides are coleslaw, Cajun fries, red beans and rice, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, and onion rings. With three locations in D.C. alone, it’s easy to satisfy that Popeye’s craving.

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The Chickery

The Chickery Sampler consists of ¼ rotisserie of choice, one chicken feather, one chicken finger, one side, ½ naked salad and a dipping sauce. They also offer The Chickery Box, which has one chicken feather, one chicken finger, one side, ½ naked salad and a dipping sauce. Sides at The Chickery include jalapeño cheddar corn bread, garlic smashed potatoes, crunch top mac ‘n’ cheese and shoestring fries.

The Fainting Goat

Starting Monday June 6, Fainting Goat will have “Picnics at the Goat” every Monday until the end of September. They’re starting with a fried chicken feast. This will include smoke gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, peel and eat shrimp, creamy coleslaw, cornbread and pretzel salad with mascarpone and macerated strawberries. Prices will range from $25-$50 per person.

The Hitching Post

This Upshur Street hole-in-the-wall offers a four-piece fried chicken dinner with a choice of two sides for $16.

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