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Boston's Best Fried Chicken

Over the past ten years, Boston has developed a real taste for Southern classics, and though the city is better known for fish and chips and clam chowder, fried chicken has made a major comeback. These five restaurants are the absolute musts for people that love homemade, hand battered chicken. Whether you like white meat, dark meat, sweet or spicy, there is a fried chicken in Boston with your name on it.

Sweet Cheeks BBQ
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Sweet Cheeks Q
1381 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300

One of Boston's most popular spots for southern cuisine, Sweet Cheeks Q does fried chicken right. They use real homemade buttermilk batter for a thick crispy coating. Pair this traditional dish with one of their mouth watering sides like fried okra, farm salad and definitely do not miss their warm biscuits with honey butter. No trip to Sweet Cheeks Q is complete without one of their signature biscuits!

Highland Kitchen
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Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-1131

Highland Kitchen, just a short walk from Somerville's Davis Square, is where trendiness, comfort and live music come together. Though their daily menu does not feature a fried chicken dish -- only pan roasted -- fried chicken lovers should still add Highland Kitchen to their must-visit list. This is because on Monday nights they serve a fried chicken that is truly worth waiting a week. They choose high quality white and dark meats to soak into their homemade buttermilk batter for pleasantly moist yet crunchy perfection.

Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar
381 Summer St.
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-9500

If you find yourself in Davis Square craving friend chicken and it isn't Monday, head over to Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar for your fix. From the outside, Rosebud looks like a classic old-school diner, but inside, guests are greeted by a pleasantly modern and spacious interior, the perfect setting to enjoy all of Rosebud's drool worthy comfort classics. Here is where dark meat lovers will find their heaven: the fried chicken thigh platter with creamy mashed potatoes and a slightly spicy black pepper gravy.

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Local 149
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Local 149
149 P St.
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-0900

Local 149 in South Boston is a little off the beaten path, but is a neighborhood favorite that is well worth a trip to Southie's east side. They bring a fried chicken brunch favorite to the dinner menu: fried chicken and waffles. This dish is well worth your fried chicken tour of Boston because of its balance between sweet and savory that your tastebuds will die for. The chicken is smothered with maple syrup, honey butter and hot sauce that blend together in perfect harmony.

Granary Tavern
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Granary Tavern
170 Milk St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 449-7110

Though Granary Tavern is best known for their small plates, appetizers and perfectly curated beer list, this downtown gem also has a fantastic take on fried chicken and waffles on their menu of mains. They offer up free-range humanely raised fried chicken atop a classic crispy Belgian waffle with a pure maple drizzle and honey butter. Their late night menu also features chicken fried chicken tenders with their spicy tavern sauce and bread and butter pickles. Both chicken dishes will keep you coming back to Granary Tavern, especially in the nice weather, since diners can enjoy their fried deliciousness outside in their patio seating.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston's North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on


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