Updated July 2018
Fried chicken connoisseurs this one is for you. In Austin, we’ve got it covered, from classic Southern to late-night Korean style fried chicken. Here are the best spots for fried chicken in the city, in no particular order.
Bird Bird Biscuit
Austin’s newest breakfast spot serves up a pretty mean fried chicken biscuit sandwich. Queen Beak sandwich has fried chicken, caynne black pepper honey, and bacon-infused chipotle mayo.
2701 Manor Rd, birdbirdbiscuit.com
J.T. Youngblood’s is Austin newest fried chicken spot and my current go-to when I’m craving fried chicken. If you’re really hungry, order the tower of power (pictured above) with 21 pieces of chicken, rolls, and pickles for $55. Be sure to save room for their homemade pies and always with a scoop of ice cream.
1905 Aldrich St #120, jtyoungbloods.com
🔥 If you like hot chicken, you’re going to love Tumble 22’s Nashville-style hot chicken. It’s super juicy and flavorful. Choose your fire level: wimpy, hot, dang hot!, and fire in the hole!!.
600 W 6th St, tumble22.com
If you want fried chicken but your friends don’t. Go to Culinary Dropout so there’s something for everyone else. The fried chicken at Culinary Dropout is solid. The chicken is drizzled with honey and comes with a buttermilk biscuit and mashed potatoes.
11721 Rock Rose #100, culinarydropout.com/location/austin/
The crispy fried chicken sandwich with sweet tea pickles, chicken mayo, sunchoke & benne seed roll and served with salt & pepper fries. Only $9 during their happy hour from 4-7pm, seven nights a week at the bar, lounge or outdoor patio.
500 W 5th St, fixesouthernhouse.com
Photo Credit: Lucy’s Fried Chicken
LUCY’S FRIED CHICKEN
Helmed by beloved Austin chef James Holmes, Lucy’s serves up Southern staples like Holmes’ famous fried chicken, deep fried deviled eggs, raw and grilled Gulf oysters and housemade pies in a diner-style environment with an old Austin feel. Pick between the bucket o’ chicken, Lucy’s cold chicken basket, or fried chicken spaghetti.
What To Order: Bucket o’chicken, calf fries, and sweet tea pie.
2218 College Ave + 5408 Burnet Rd, lucysfriedchicken.com
MS P’S ELECTRIC COCK
With a name like Electric Cock it’s hard to miss this iconic food truck on South Congress. Ms P’s Electric Cock is highly acclaimed for its spicy fried chicken, “World Famous Waffles,” and southern-comfort sides with a modern twist. The fried chicken is fresh (never frozen) and is antibiotic free, hormone free with no additives or preservatives.
What To Order: 8 piece bucket with waffles.
1101 S Congress Ave, electriccock.com
GUS’S FRIED CHICKEN
Located on the intersection of San Jacinto and 2nd Street, Gus’s Fried Chicken serves fried chicken in a laid back, southern-style diner. This famous Memphis fried-chicken chain serves the chicken Nashville style with herbs, spice, and little breading that gives a huge punch of flavor. Con: the food is served on styrofoam plates and plastic cutlery.
What To Order: 2 piece dark, and fried pickles with ranch.
117 San Jacinto Blvd, gusfriedchicken.com
MAX’S WINE DIVE
Another food chain but I had to include Max’s Wine Dive in my Best Fried Chicken in Austin city guide because it’s actually really good. Their Famous Southern Fried Chicken is made with jalapeño-buttermilk marinated chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens and Texas toast. The fried chicken is super crispy and juicy with the honey-chipotle dipping sauce. Even the gluten-free version is really good.
What To Order: Famous Southern Fried Chicken plate with extra chicken, and Nacho Mamas Oysters.
207 San Jacinto Blvd, maxswinedive.com
Prepare to have your mind blown. Gourdough’s serves up fried chicken + deep fried doughnuts. Try the Breast Lift (blackened chicken breast with bacon), Saussy Cock (fried chicken breast with buffalo sauce), Mother Clucker (hand battered fried chicken breasts & honey butter), and Country Clucker (crispy fried chicken breast, potato pancake with warm cream corn and candied jalapeños).
What To Order: Country Clucker at the Gourdough’s Public House and Mother Clucker at the Gourdough’s trailer.
1503 S 1st St, gourdoughs.com
Photo Credit: Chi’Lantro BBQ
Chi’Lantro’s K-pops (($7.50 for 6 or $12.50 for 10) Korean fried chicken wings are served with gangnam sauce or honey butter served with spicy ranch. Finger lickin’ good!
What To Order: K-pops, and kimchi fries.
*Multiple locations, chilantrobbq.com
This guide is part of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance 2015 City Guide. For more info about the Best Eats in Austin, check out our complete list of guides to delicious food in ATX!