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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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| R. Lopez

It's the season 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.

Just in time for July 4, Eater presents a roundup of D.C.-area restaurants that not only specialize in the comfort food but also offer it up for take-out, satisfying those fried-chicken needs for the holiday weekend, picnics, lunches in the park and more.

Rather dine in? That offers up an entirely new host of options, from recent favorite Boss Shepherd's to Tico's togorashi-spiced family style dinners on Sundays, or even the new Taiwanese fried chicken at Maketto. Brand new to the dine-in chicken game: Arlington's Tupelo Honey Cafe.

—Jody Fellows, Missy Frederick, Meredith Bethune

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 393-7777
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2. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

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1308 G St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20005
(202) 809-5565
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3. Blue 44

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5507 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

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4. BonChon Chicken

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2209 N Pershing Dr Ste E
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-1011
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The South Korean-based chain with its cult-like following of fans serves up its twice-fried chicken in soy garlic and spicy hot garlic varieties. Available as wings, strips, drumsticks or a wing and leg combo, order sizes range from three to 20 pieces with prices from $12 to $30. Multiple locations, including the new one in Navy Yard.

5. Boundary Road Restaurant

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414 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4336
(202) 450-3265
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6. Busboys and Poets

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2021 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-7638
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7. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004
(202) 626-0015
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8. Centrolina

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974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 898-2426
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9. Cork Market & Tasting Room

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1805 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-2674
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10. Crown Fried Chicken

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716 H St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002
(202) 546-6600
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11. Eatonville

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2121 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-9672
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12. Family Meal

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800 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 378-2895
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13. Flavors

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3420 Carlyn Hill Dr
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 379-4411
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14. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

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1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
(202) 524-5210
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15. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612

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16. Penn Commons

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700 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 905-2999
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17. Popeyes

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1322 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005

Want to go the fast-food route? The new Popeyes in Logan Circle (not to mention every Popeyes location everywhere) has chicken baskets, spicy chicken, chicken by the bucket and more.

18. Red Apron Butchery

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709 D St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

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19. The Hitching Post

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200 Upshur St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20011
(202) 726-1511
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1. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

2. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

1308 G St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20005

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1308 G St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20005

3. Blue 44

5507 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20015

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5507 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

4. BonChon Chicken

2209 N Pershing Dr Ste E, Arlington, VA 22201

The South Korean-based chain with its cult-like following of fans serves up its twice-fried chicken in soy garlic and spicy hot garlic varieties. Available as wings, strips, drumsticks or a wing and leg combo, order sizes range from three to 20 pieces with prices from $12 to $30. Multiple locations, including the new one in Navy Yard.

2209 N Pershing Dr Ste E
Arlington, VA 22201

5. Boundary Road Restaurant

414 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4336

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414 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4336

6. Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

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2021 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

7. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

8. Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

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974 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Cork Market & Tasting Room

1805 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

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1805 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

10. Crown Fried Chicken

716 H St NE, Washington DC, D.C. 20002

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716 H St NE
Washington DC, D.C. 20002

11. Eatonville

2121 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

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2121 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

12. Family Meal

800 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

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800 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

13. Flavors

3420 Carlyn Hill Dr, Falls Church, VA 22041

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3420 Carlyn Hill Dr
Falls Church, VA 22041

14. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20036

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1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

15. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009-4307

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1612 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009-4307

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16. Penn Commons

700 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

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700 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

17. Popeyes

1322 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005

Want to go the fast-food route? The new Popeyes in Logan Circle (not to mention every Popeyes location everywhere) has chicken baskets, spicy chicken, chicken by the bucket and more.

1322 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005

18. Red Apron Butchery

709 D St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004

[Photo: R. Lopez]

709 D St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

19. The Hitching Post

200 Upshur St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20011

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200 Upshur St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20011

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