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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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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 in and around Atlanta, from platters served at southern and soul food restaurants that have been in business for decades, to original takes by relative newcomers on ATL’s fried chicken scene. These establishments serve up some of metro Atlanta’s finest versions of fried chicken.

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1. The Beautiful Restaurant

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2260 Cascade Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
(404) 752-5931
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Established in 1979, cafeteria-style the Beautiful Restaurant 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. So, load up that plate. Try the fried catfish, too.

2. Chicken+Beer

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Concourse D, Gate D5
Atlanta, GA 30337
(404) 209-3905
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More delicious fried chicken at an airport? Only in Atlanta. Chris Bridges — aka Ludacris — opened his fried chicken and beer joint on Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson in 2016. Grab a two-piece fried chicken plate that includes two sides, like collards, Brussel sprouts slaw, or rosemary-garlic tater tots, before boarding a flight.

3. Busy Bee Cafe

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810 M.L.K. Jr Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
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Yet another beloved Atlanta restaurant that's been around for a while, Busy Bee 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.

4. JCT. Kitchen & Bar

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1198 Howell Mill Rd #18
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252
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The fried chicken here has been a winner with guests since JCT opened at Westside Provisions District in 2007. This slightly fancy, fried yardbird is served in half or whole portions with mashed potatoes and buttermilk biscuits with a side of hot sauce.

5. Paschal's Restaurant

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180 Northside Dr SW #B
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-2023
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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.

6. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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231 Peachtree St NW A-05
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 996-2837
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This Memphis favorite arrived in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it has 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.

7. South City Kitchen

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1144 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 873-7358
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In business for more than 20 years, South City Kitchen now has multiple locations throughout metro Atlanta. This fried chicken is a fine rendition, and it's dressed up with garlic collards, smashed red bliss potatoes, and honey-thyme jus.

8. Joy Cafe

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1100 Peachtree St NE Exhibit A
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 996-1377
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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.

9. Mary Mac's Tea Room

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224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-1800
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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 here is double-battered to add extra crunch. Mary Mac’s celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020 and is now under new ownership, too.

10. Scoville Hot Chicken

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3420 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(470) 548-9891
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Owned by Justin Lim, Scoville serves Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches ranging from completely spice-free to the fiery Reaper topped with coleslaw, pickles, and Scoville sauce to help curb some of that heat. Try the chicken tenders here, too. There are two other location in Buckhead and Athens.

11. Hop's Chicken

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Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 355-3762
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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.

12. Soul: Food & Culture

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99 Krog St NE T
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 705-3158
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Owned by chefs Todd Richards and Josh Lee, this Krog Street Market stall doesn’t skimp on the fried chicken for its sandwiches, which can come served spicy, Buffalo, or topped with pimento cheese or atop a collard green waffle. Keep an eye on Instagram for pop-ups from Erika Council’s Bomb Biscuit ATL, too, where she serves Soul’s hot honey crispy chicken as a biscuit sandwich. 

13. Table & Main

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1028 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 869-5178
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Located on downtown Roswell’s bustling Canton Street, Table & Main offers huge, crispy portions of fried chicken with classic Southern sides such as potato salad, collard greens, and fried green tomatoes.

14. The Colonnade Restaurant

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1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5642
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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 numerous 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.

15. D.B.A. Barbecue

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1190 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-5000
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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.

16. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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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.

17. Revival

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129 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(470) 225-6770
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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.

18. Matthews Cafeteria

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2299 Main St
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 939-2357
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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.

19. Magnolia Room Cafeteria

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4450 Hugh Howell Rd #10
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 864-1845
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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.

20. Thank U Chicken

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3473 Old Norcross Rd
Duluth, GA 30096
(470) 875-9000
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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.

1. The Beautiful Restaurant

2260 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Established in 1979, cafeteria-style the Beautiful Restaurant 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. So, load up that plate. Try the fried catfish, too.

2260 Cascade Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30311

2. Chicken+Beer

Concourse D, Gate D5, Atlanta, GA 30337

More delicious fried chicken at an airport? Only in Atlanta. Chris Bridges — aka Ludacris — opened his fried chicken and beer joint on Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson in 2016. Grab a two-piece fried chicken plate that includes two sides, like collards, Brussel sprouts slaw, or rosemary-garlic tater tots, before boarding a flight.

Concourse D, Gate D5
Atlanta, GA 30337

3. Busy Bee Cafe

810 M.L.K. Jr Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Yet another beloved Atlanta restaurant that's been around for a while, Busy Bee 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.

810 M.L.K. Jr Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

4. JCT. Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd #18, Atlanta, GA 30318

The fried chicken here has been a winner with guests since JCT opened at Westside Provisions District in 2007. This slightly fancy, fried yardbird is served in half or whole portions with mashed potatoes and buttermilk biscuits with a side of hot sauce.

1198 Howell Mill Rd #18
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Paschal's Restaurant

180 Northside Dr SW #B, Atlanta, GA 30313

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.

180 Northside Dr SW #B
Atlanta, GA 30313

6. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

231 Peachtree St NW A-05, Atlanta, GA 30303

This Memphis favorite arrived in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it has 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.

231 Peachtree St NW A-05
Atlanta, GA 30303

7. South City Kitchen

1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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

1144 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. Joy Cafe

1100 Peachtree St NE Exhibit A, Atlanta, GA 30309

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.

1100 Peachtree St NE Exhibit A
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Mary Mac's Tea Room

224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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

224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Scoville Hot Chicken

3420 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Owned by Justin Lim, Scoville serves Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches ranging from completely spice-free to the fiery Reaper topped with coleslaw, pickles, and Scoville sauce to help curb some of that heat. Try the chicken tenders here, too. There are two other location in Buckhead and Athens.

3420 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

11. Hop's Chicken

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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.

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

12. Soul: Food & Culture

99 Krog St NE T, Atlanta, GA 30307

Owned by chefs Todd Richards and Josh Lee, this Krog Street Market stall doesn’t skimp on the fried chicken for its sandwiches, which can come served spicy, Buffalo, or topped with pimento cheese or atop a collard green waffle. Keep an eye on Instagram for pop-ups from Erika Council’s Bomb Biscuit ATL, too, where she serves Soul’s hot honey crispy chicken as a biscuit sandwich. 

99 Krog St NE T
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. Table & Main

1028 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075

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

1028 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075

14. The Colonnade Restaurant

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

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 numerous 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.

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

15. D.B.A. Barbecue

1190 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

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.

1190 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

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16. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329

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.

1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

17. Revival

129 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

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.

129 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

18. Matthews Cafeteria

2299 Main St, Tucker, GA 30084

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.

2299 Main St
Tucker, GA 30084

19. Magnolia Room Cafeteria

4450 Hugh Howell Rd #10, Tucker, GA 30084

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.

4450 Hugh Howell Rd #10
Tucker, GA 30084

20. Thank U Chicken

3473 Old Norcross Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

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.

3473 Old Norcross Rd
Duluth, GA 30096

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