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9 Spots for Best Fried Chicken in Austin

July 06, 2018

Updated Feb 2019

Best Fried Chicken in Austin

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.

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Bird Bird Biscuit

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,


Tumble 22


🔥 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!!.



Fried Chicken


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,


FIXE 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,


Lucy's Fried Chicken

Photo Credit: 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,


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,


Fried Chicken and Champagne at 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,




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,


Chi'Lantro BBQ

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,


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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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