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Readers' Picks for Fried Chicken in Atlanta

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We recently conducted an open thread, asking readers to comment, email, and tweet us with their picks for the best fried chicken in Atlanta. After a lively discussion and choices sent in through various mediums, we've come up with a list of 10 favorites. From old school to upscale, our map covers some of the city's best examples of the Southern staple. Don't see your favorite? Let us know in the comments or via the tipline.


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1. Table And Main

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1028 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 869-5178
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This Roswell destination was by far the most popular pick among readers. Table & Main offers huge, crispy portions with classic Southern sides like potato salad, collard greens, and fried green tomatoes.

2. Buckhead Diner

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3073 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 262-3336
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The Buckhead Diner is one of Atlanta's iconic greasy spoons, but the restaurant isn't standing pat. It recently debuted a new recipe for the fried chicken, which has garnered early praise from patrons.

3. 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 that The Colonnade knows what it's doing when it comes to fried chicken. As Jon Watson once said, "It's old-school chicken, done right."

4. Watershed on Peachtree

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1820 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 809-3561
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The bird at this James Beard Award winner is available at dinner on Wednesdays, and once it's gone, it's gone. It's considered by many to be the best in town.

5. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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If you serve a Southern staple and it's featured in Garden & Gun, you're doing something right. Chef Todd Ginsberg steams his chicken first, allowing for a quick fry and incredibly crisp skin. Find it at The General Muir on Fridays.

6. D.B.A. Barbecue

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1190 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-5000
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Like The General Muir, D.B.A. does a little pre-cooking before frying. But 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 only on Sundays.

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 Midtown's fried chicken is a fine rendition, and it's dressed up with garlic collards, smashed red bliss potatoes, and honey-thyme jus.[Photo]

8. MAX’s Wine Dive Atlanta

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77 12th St., Ste. 6B NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 249-0445
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Texas-based chain Max's is a new player in the game, but it's already a hit with locals. Chef Jason Hall's chicken gets an extra kick from being marinated in jalapeno buttermilk, and there's a gluten-free version too.

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 veteran, dating back to 1945. The fried chicken is double-battered to add extra crunch.

10. Busy Bee Cafe

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810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
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And yet another 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 good enough for you, get the smothered version, which is topped with pan gravy.[Photo]

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1. Table And Main

1028 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075

This Roswell destination was by far the most popular pick among readers. Table & Main offers huge, crispy portions with classic Southern sides like potato salad, collard greens, and fried green tomatoes.

1028 Canton St
Roswell, GA 30075

2. Buckhead Diner

3073 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

The Buckhead Diner is one of Atlanta's iconic greasy spoons, but the restaurant isn't standing pat. It recently debuted a new recipe for the fried chicken, which has garnered early praise from patrons.

3073 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. The Colonnade Restaurant

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Serving up Southern cuisine since 1927, it's no surprise that The Colonnade knows what it's doing when it comes to fried chicken. As Jon Watson once said, "It's old-school chicken, done right."

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

4. Watershed on Peachtree

1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

The bird at this James Beard Award winner is available at dinner on Wednesdays, and once it's gone, it's gone. It's considered by many to be the best in town.

1820 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329

If you serve a Southern staple and it's featured in Garden & Gun, you're doing something right. Chef Todd Ginsberg steams his chicken first, allowing for a quick fry and incredibly crisp skin. Find it at The General Muir on Fridays.

1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

6. D.B.A. Barbecue

1190 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Like The General Muir, D.B.A. does a little pre-cooking before frying. But 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 only on Sundays.

1190 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

7. South City Kitchen

1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

In business for more than 20 years, South City Kitchen Midtown's fried chicken is a fine rendition, and it's dressed up with garlic collards, smashed red bliss potatoes, and honey-thyme jus.[Photo]

1144 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. MAX’s Wine Dive Atlanta

77 12th St., Ste. 6B NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Texas-based chain Max's is a new player in the game, but it's already a hit with locals. Chef Jason Hall's chicken gets an extra kick from being marinated in jalapeno buttermilk, and there's a gluten-free version too.

77 12th St., Ste. 6B NE
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 veteran, dating back to 1945. The fried chicken is double-battered to add extra crunch.

224 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

And yet another 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 good enough for you, get the smothered version, which is topped with pan gravy.[Photo]

810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

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