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Spots in Philadelphia for the Juiciest, Crispiest Fried Chicken

Philadelphia, PA is a wonderful place to visit, tour, and explore. Though there are plenty of sights to see and things to do, my favorite part of this city is the restaurant scene.

friends eating delicious fried chicken at a restaurant in Philadelphia

From Italian cuisine to Caribbean food, this town really has every type of food you could imagine. I don’t know about, but sometimes, nothing sounds better than some good old fried chicken.

When you want to indulge but don’t want to pick up subpar fried chicken, take a look at this list of my favorite spots in town.

Whether you prefer classic American fried chicken or something different like Korean-style, there’s a spot for you on the list. Most of these places are casual and easy to order from, too, so they’re perfect for some quick take out. Keep reading to learn a bit about each location!


Best Fried Chicken Spots in Philadelphia

Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Phone: 267-687-8258
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The name of this business can be misleading. At first glance, you assume it’s a killer donut eatery and bakery. However, the fantastic menu doesn’t end there.

Federal Donuts is actually an incredible place to get fried chicken in Philadelphia. One of the top options is their fried chicken sandwich or a chicken basket, complete with a donut on the side!

There are many locations throughout the city, with one of the most popular being on South 2nd Street. If you are in a hurry, you can order online for pick-up and enjoy your food on the go.


Love & Honey Fried Chicken

1100 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 789-7878
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Established in 2007, Love & Honey Fried Chicken has become a Philadelphia favorite in the past years.

This restaurant serves fried chicken platters accompanied by Southern-style side dishes. With hundreds of positive reviews about the food, you can bet it’ll be amazing.

Choose between fried chicken and sandwiches at Love & Honey Fried Chicken. We recommend the Nashville fried chicken sandwich, tenders, mc’loven sandwich, or thigh.

Be sure to grab some spicy buttermilk ranch slaw or Southern-style potato salad!

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Bud & Marilyn’s

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-546-2220
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I love walking into Bud & Marilyn’s because it’s reminiscent of the 1970s, with decor and accents to match.

The restaurant has been in business for over 20 years and serves up some of the most outstanding fried chicken you can find in the greater Philly area.

You can find this restaurant and its top-notch fried chicken in Midtown Village. Taking public transit to the 12th/13th and Locust Street Station, you can reach Bud & Marilyn’s in just a few quick steps.

I have had both the Marilyn and Nashville fried chicken options and can report that both are incredible and drool-worthy.


Andy’s Chicken

2001 Memphis St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 291-0700

Hoping to try some new flavors? Head over to Andy’s Chicken. This local restaurant serves Korean fried chicken and rice dishes.

Housed in a casual and small interior, this spot is great for takeout or a meal on the go.

Andy’s Chicken offers a fairly short menu, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in flavor. Try out the honey garlic chicken, bulgogi, golden soy chicken, or kimchi and pork fried rice.

Make sure to grab some fries, onion rings, or mac salad on the side!


South

600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-600-0220
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The name of this restaurant is perfect for what it offers on its menu. In addition to phenomenal dishes, you can experience frequent jazz performances by local artists.

Pairing a fantastic performance with your favorite Southern delicacies is the perfect combination. 

When it comes to fried chicken, Philadelphia doesn’t mess around. And South comes through for its diners tenfold.

Located on the border of Spring Garden and West Poplar, you can find ample parking throughout the neighborhood. It’s important to know that South is only open in the evenings, beginning at 5 PM.

Additionally, they are only in operation from Thursday through Sunday.


Rex at the Royal

1524 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 267-319-1366
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Another top destination when you are looking for the best fried chicken Philadelphia offers is the restaurant and cafe Rex at the Royal.

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Having an assortment of traditional Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes, okra, and oxtail to pair with your fried chicken gives you all the comfort food emotions that you will ever need.

You can find Rex at the Royal next to the Royal Theater on South Street. On both ends of the street, you will have a metro station that makes it easy to come into the city for a show and a fantastic meal and get back home right afterward.


Foghorn

4213 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 267-335-3061
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On every day but Monday, you can stop into the local eatery Foghorn for their famous fried chicken. Not only can you find chicken, but the menu also offers various types of seafood.

Another menu item they offer that is entirely underrated, in my opinion, is the house-made pickles. I always order some to add to my meal and can never get enough.

You can find Foghorn next to the Schuylkill River, which provides a glimpse of a view from the restaurant. After eating, you can stroll through Inn Yard Park, which is across the street. 


Wishbone – Center City

210 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 309-3667
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Founded in 2013, Wishbone is a well-known spot for some great food. You’ll find fried chicken, wings, and beer at this place. Owned by two seasoned chefs, it’s no surprise that the offerings here are so enticing.

There’s sandwiches, fried chicken, salads, sides, and plenty of desserts on Wishbone’s menu. Be sure to try the classic white meat chicken tenders, banh mi sandwich, Wishbone wings, or the Wishbone signature sandwich. Don’t forget to finish with some dessert or a beer!


Crunchik’n

212 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 886-9373
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With a 4.7-star rating on Google, it’s safe to say that people love Crunchik’n. Serving Korean style fried chicken and other dishes, this Philly spot is a must-try. Prioritizing high quality food and ingredients, it’s no wonder the food here is so good.

The menu at Crunchik’n is pretty expansive, so if you can’t decide what to order, we recommend the popcorn chicken, wings, cheese crunch dog, or a crunchbox. They also have plenty of vegetarian options!


As you can see, there are so many options for fried chicken when it comes to Philadelphia. With so many different unique twists on the dish and accompanying dishes, you may have to try them all. We won’t judge you!

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Not craving fried chicken right now? Check out our article featuring the best comfort food around the city.

Which place will you visit first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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