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Ten Places in Athens to Eat Fried Chicken (If You Don’t Cook It Yourself)

Rebecca Lang’s new cookbook offers 51 fried chicken recipes from all over the world, but if you don’t feel like busting out the Fry Daddy, here are a few suggestions of places that will do the work for you. In no particular order:

Weaver D’s: Still in business and still frying delicious, basic, well-seasoned chicken.

Speakeasy: The reimagined downtown restaurant features a take on chicken and waffles with Springer Mountain fried chicken, Belgian waffle, bourbon maple syrup and buttermilk hot sauce, executed with precision and refinement.

The World Famous: This restaurant/bar also has a chicken-and-waffles dish, this one a sandwich with housemade hot sauce. It’s not fine dining, but it is darn tasty.

Taqueria del Sol: Eddie Hernandez’s Ameri-Mex eatery makes a fried chicken taco with lime jalapeño mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato that’s always on the menu.

Cali ‘N Tito’s: Both locations make a chicken milanese sandwich with loads of jalapenos. Nom.

Food for the Soul: Another traditional option, this no-frills soul food joint on Broad fries chicken daily as part of its lunch offerings. 

The Rooftop by the Branded Butcher: On the roof of the Georgia Theater, this bar-oriented eatery has fried chicken skins as a tasty, crunchy snack.

Mama’s Boy: If you get a fried chicken biscuit (or any other biscuit sandwich) at Mama’s Boy between 7–9 a.m. on a weekday, they now throw in a free small Jittery Joe’s coffee.

Seabear Oyster Bar: Yes, it’s a seafood restaurant/bar, but the fried chicken leg is an excellent option. Currently, it’s being done Japanese-style, with a squash slaw and a sprinkling of sesame salt.

Strickland’s: In business for decades, Strickland’s is worth a trip to the edges of Atlanta Highway for a fried chicken lunch with a superlative biscuit.