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Fried chicken and collards from Roc South Cuisine
Fried chicken and collards from Roc South Cuisine.
Henri Hollis

Restaurants Serving Up Some of Atlanta’s Finest Fried Chicken

From Southern-style to spicy Korean, these restaurants are serving up great fried chicken

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Fried chicken and collards from Roc South Cuisine.
| Henri Hollis

When fried chicken is done right, it's both savory and crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. There’s plenty of great fried chicken to be had at restaurants all over Atlanta, from platters served at decades-old Southern and soul food institutions to original takes by relative newcomers on ATL’s fried yardbird scene. But these establishments serve up some of Atlanta’s finest versions of crispy fried chicken.

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The Beautiful Restaurant

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Established in 1979, cafeteria-style the Beautiful on Cascade Road delivers exactly what’s promised: soul-soothing food, like vibrantly colored vegetables and super crispy fried chicken, set against a metal backdrop along the buffet. The portions are huge here, and all the recipes are classic. Try the fried catfish, too.

Busy Bee Cafe

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Yet another beloved Atlanta restaurant that's been around for decades, Busy Bee Cafe opened in 1947. Here, the chicken is marinated for 12 hours, hand-breaded, and fried. If that isn't enticing enough, get the smothered version, which is topped with pan gravy. The Atlanta soul food institution also won an America’s Classics award from the James Beard Foundation in 2022.

Paschal's Restaurant

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The historic restaurant now located just west of downtown Atlanta once served as a meeting place for Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. But long before MLK put Paschal's on the map nationwide, the restaurant was already well known around Atlanta for its delicious fried chicken and Southern sides. There’s also a location at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and it serves breakfast, including a crispy fried chicken biscuit.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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This Memphis favorite arrived in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it’s been a hit ever since. With a spicy, extra-crispy version of the dish, Gus's now has four Atlanta locations: downtown on Peachtree Street, Chamblee, Kennesaw, and Sandy Springs.

How Crispy Express

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How Crispy Express in Summerhill dedicates its entire menu to fried chicken, mostly in sandwich form. Expect just five sandwiches on the menu, including a nod to the quintessential Atlanta flavor lemon pepper wet and fried chicken spiced with tikka seasoning. In addition to sandwiches, look for chicken nuggets and sides like collards, mac and cheese, and yucca fries. A second, larger location opens in downtown Atlanta along historic Hotel Row soon.

South City Kitchen

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In business for more than 20 years, South City Kitchen now includes multiple locations throughout Atlanta and metro Atlanta. This fried chicken is a fine rendition, dressed up with garlic collards, smashed red bliss potatoes, and honey-thyme jus.

Joy Cafe

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A longtime favorite of residents, the weekday workforce, and visitors to Midtown, Joy Cafe serves fried chicken daily on its dinner and weekend brunch menus. The fried chicken dinner here sees the bird citrus brined and marinated in buttermilk and served with Joy Cafe’s popular mac and cheese. On the weekends, dive into a fried chicken biscuit topped with hot sauce and green tomato chow chow or the restaurant’s buttermilk fried chicken served atop a buttermilk Belgium waffle. The latter comes with a side of hot sauce and maple syrup.

Mary Mac's Tea Room

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Like a few other restaurants on this list, Mary Mac's is a seasoned fried chicken veteran, in business since 1945. The fried chicken at this Ponce de Leon staple is double-battered to add extra crunch. Mary Mac’s celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020 and is now under new ownership.

Hop's Chicken

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James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur Linton Hopkins got in on the fast-casual fried chicken trend in 2015. Hop's fried chicken is available by the piece or in buckets. For anyone who is craving Chick-fil-A on a Sunday, the Ponce City Market stall's fried chicken sandwich is a great (better) alternative.

Table & Main

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Located on downtown Roswell’s bustling Canton Street, Table and Main offers huge, crispy portions of fried chicken with classic Southern sides such as potato salad, collard greens, and fried green tomatoes.

The Colonnade Restaurant

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Serving up Southern cuisine since 1927, it's no surprise the Colonnade knows what it's doing when it comes to crispy fried chicken served with myriad choices of Southern vegetables, including mac and cheese and cornbread muffins and dinner rolls. Make sure to pair this fried chicken with one of the restaurant’s very strong, ice-cold martinis.

D.B.A. Barbecue

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D.B.A. does some pre-cooking before frying, and because it's a barbecue restaurant, the chicken sits in the smoker for a little while. The apple-brined, hickory-smoked Smoke-n-Fried Chicken is available on the weekends.

Roc South Cuisine

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Opened in 2019 on Buford Highway, Roc South Cuisine serves a number of stand-out Southern and soul food dishes on the menu, like jasmine rice seafood gumbo with chicken and beef sausages and fried snapper glazed in Cajun sauce. But make sure to order the fried chicken here, which is tossed in honey hot sauce. It comes served with a choice of two sides, including collards, yams, mac and cheese, and French fries. There’s also a hot honey fried chicken sandwich on the menu.

The General Muir

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Chef Todd Ginsberg steams his chicken first, allowing for a quick fry and incredibly crisp skin. Find this fried chicken on the menu at Emory Point on Friday evenings, and served nightly at the General Muir’s Sandy Springs restaurant.

Revival

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Chef Kevin Gillespie and his team at Revival aim to recreate meals that might be served by one’s Southern grandmother. It’s Sunday supper every day at Revival in Decatur. The fried chicken might be the best around.

Matthews Cafeteria

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Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker has been slinging Southern favorites since 1955: that’s how folks know it’s good. The restaurant’s ownership still remains in the family, and the fried chicken tastes like grandma made it.

Magnolia Room Cafeteria

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Tucker’s Magnolia Room has a good hold on Southern classics, and that includes fried chicken. Pair it with the restaurant’s mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. Don’t forget to grab a slice of pie — like coconut custard, lemon meringue, or sweet potato — from the bakeshop.

Thank U Chicken

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This Duluth-based Korean fried chicken spot is totally worth the trek northward. While Thank U offers traditional batter-fried chicken on its menu, the standout stars at this restaurant include the soy sauce-marinated and spicy sauce fried birds. An entire chicken here averages around $25 and feeds at least three people.

The Beautiful Restaurant

Established in 1979, cafeteria-style the Beautiful on Cascade Road delivers exactly what’s promised: soul-soothing food, like vibrantly colored vegetables and super crispy fried chicken, set against a metal backdrop along the buffet. The portions are huge here, and all the recipes are classic. Try the fried catfish, too.

Busy Bee Cafe

Yet another beloved Atlanta restaurant that's been around for decades, Busy Bee Cafe opened in 1947. Here, the chicken is marinated for 12 hours, hand-breaded, and fried. If that isn't enticing enough, get the smothered version, which is topped with pan gravy. The Atlanta soul food institution also won an America’s Classics award from the James Beard Foundation in 2022.

Paschal's Restaurant

The historic restaurant now located just west of downtown Atlanta once served as a meeting place for Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. But long before MLK put Paschal's on the map nationwide, the restaurant was already well known around Atlanta for its delicious fried chicken and Southern sides. There’s also a location at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and it serves breakfast, including a crispy fried chicken biscuit.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

This Memphis favorite arrived in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it’s been a hit ever since. With a spicy, extra-crispy version of the dish, Gus's now has four Atlanta locations: downtown on Peachtree Street, Chamblee, Kennesaw, and Sandy Springs.

How Crispy Express

How Crispy Express in Summerhill dedicates its entire menu to fried chicken, mostly in sandwich form. Expect just five sandwiches on the menu, including a nod to the quintessential Atlanta flavor lemon pepper wet and fried chicken spiced with tikka seasoning. In addition to sandwiches, look for chicken nuggets and sides like collards, mac and cheese, and yucca fries. A second, larger location opens in downtown Atlanta along historic Hotel Row soon.

South City Kitchen

In business for more than 20 years, South City Kitchen now includes multiple locations throughout Atlanta and metro Atlanta. This fried chicken is a fine rendition, dressed up with garlic collards, smashed red bliss potatoes, and honey-thyme jus.

Joy Cafe

A longtime favorite of residents, the weekday workforce, and visitors to Midtown, Joy Cafe serves fried chicken daily on its dinner and weekend brunch menus. The fried chicken dinner here sees the bird citrus brined and marinated in buttermilk and served with Joy Cafe’s popular mac and cheese. On the weekends, dive into a fried chicken biscuit topped with hot sauce and green tomato chow chow or the restaurant’s buttermilk fried chicken served atop a buttermilk Belgium waffle. The latter comes with a side of hot sauce and maple syrup.

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Like a few other restaurants on this list, Mary Mac's is a seasoned fried chicken veteran, in business since 1945. The fried chicken at this Ponce de Leon staple is double-battered to add extra crunch. Mary Mac’s celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020 and is now under new ownership.

Hop's Chicken

James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur Linton Hopkins got in on the fast-casual fried chicken trend in 2015. Hop's fried chicken is available by the piece or in buckets. For anyone who is craving Chick-fil-A on a Sunday, the Ponce City Market stall's fried chicken sandwich is a great (better) alternative.

Table & Main

Located on downtown Roswell’s bustling Canton Street, Table and Main offers huge, crispy portions of fried chicken with classic Southern sides such as potato salad, collard greens, and fried green tomatoes.

The Colonnade Restaurant

Serving up Southern cuisine since 1927, it's no surprise the Colonnade knows what it's doing when it comes to crispy fried chicken served with myriad choices of Southern vegetables, including mac and cheese and cornbread muffins and dinner rolls. Make sure to pair this fried chicken with one of the restaurant’s very strong, ice-cold martinis.

D.B.A. Barbecue

D.B.A. does some pre-cooking before frying, and because it's a barbecue restaurant, the chicken sits in the smoker for a little while. The apple-brined, hickory-smoked Smoke-n-Fried Chicken is available on the weekends.

Roc South Cuisine

Opened in 2019 on Buford Highway, Roc South Cuisine serves a number of stand-out Southern and soul food dishes on the menu, like jasmine rice seafood gumbo with chicken and beef sausages and fried snapper glazed in Cajun sauce. But make sure to order the fried chicken here, which is tossed in honey hot sauce. It comes served with a choice of two sides, including collards, yams, mac and cheese, and French fries. There’s also a hot honey fried chicken sandwich on the menu.

The General Muir

Chef Todd Ginsberg steams his chicken first, allowing for a quick fry and incredibly crisp skin. Find this fried chicken on the menu at Emory Point on Friday evenings, and served nightly at the General Muir’s Sandy Springs restaurant.

Revival

Chef Kevin Gillespie and his team at Revival aim to recreate meals that might be served by one’s Southern grandmother. It’s Sunday supper every day at Revival in Decatur. The fried chicken might be the best around.

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Matthews Cafeteria

Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker has been slinging Southern favorites since 1955: that’s how folks know it’s good. The restaurant’s ownership still remains in the family, and the fried chicken tastes like grandma made it.

Magnolia Room Cafeteria

Tucker’s Magnolia Room has a good hold on Southern classics, and that includes fried chicken. Pair it with the restaurant’s mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. Don’t forget to grab a slice of pie — like coconut custard, lemon meringue, or sweet potato — from the bakeshop.

Thank U Chicken

This Duluth-based Korean fried chicken spot is totally worth the trek northward. While Thank U offers traditional batter-fried chicken on its menu, the standout stars at this restaurant include the soy sauce-marinated and spicy sauce fried birds. An entire chicken here averages around $25 and feeds at least three people.

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