It’s almost impossible to go wrong with crackling, savory fried chicken.
It may not be healthy, but it’s delicious almost every time you order it.
We celebrate this magical dish with a golden brown crust that emits a satisfying crunch with each bite. Underneath the moist, juicy succulent meat that greets you is the stuff dreams are made of.
Here are our picks for the best spots to nab some delicious fried chicken in town when the mood hits and you decide to celebrate this classic dish. Some of these are expected and others may surprise you.
1. LILY’S BISTRO
Every Sunday night, Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District offers up local, free-range, deep-fried Sunday supper goodness. The shareable family-style plates of crispy spiced chicken and Southern sides are prepared to order. Right now, the dinner special is on Lily’s limited dinner menu for curbside carryout, patio dining and limited indoor dining. A meal for one with one side is $13, two with two sides is $25, and a meal for four with four sides is $45.
Location: 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton
More info: www.lilysbistro.com or 937-723-7637
2. BENJAMIN’S THE BURGER MASTER
Benjamin’s may be famous for its burgers, but it also has some pretty tasty chicken. The burgers are amazing, and the soul food is off the charts.
Location: 1000 N. Main St., Dayton
More info: http://benjaminstheburger.restaurantwebexpert.com/or 937-223-8702
3. MEL-O-DEE RESTAURANT
This New Carlisle classic has been serving up home cooked meals since 1965. Their fried chicken is broasted as opposed to the country-fried chicken you might be attempting to conjure up. Broasting is a technique that was created and patented by the Broaster Company in Beloit, Wisconsin that uses a combination of pressure cooking and deep-frying the meat to create a crunchy outer coating that seals in the tender meat. Be sure to try their famous cole slaw when you order up a fabulous broasted chicken dinner that they’ve been perfecting since 1965. The diner is open for dine in or carryout.
Location: 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle
More info: www.melodeerestaurant.com or 937-849-1378
4. KD’S KETTERING BBQ
More succulent broasted chicken awaits at the Kettering destination. Pair it with sweet potato casserole and some hot bacon slaw and you will be making a plan for a return visit in your mind as you feast. The restaurant is open for curbside pickup only.
Location: 3911 Marshall Road, Dayton
More info: www.ketteringbarbequecarryout.com or 937-293-3592
5. LOVELY’S FARM MARKET
Now is the time to head to Springboro’s Lovely’s Farm Market & Country Cafe. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables and stay for the home-cooked food including delicious Amish fried chicken and a variety of sandwiches. Finish your meal with a fresh slice of pie. You can thank us for the suggestion later. The Country Cafe is open for carryout only.
Location: 330 E. Central Ave., Springboro
More info: www.lovelysfarmmarket.com or 937-748-3616
6. CHAPPYS SOCIAL HOUSE
Marinated 24 hours, hand battered and prepared to order, the fried chicken at Chappy’s will take 30 minutes, but it’s well worth the wait. The restaurant also has a chicken and waffle dish now available all day, every day. With a rockin’ beer list and large menu, this is a great place to head to if people in the party aren’t ready to celebrate the glory of fried chicken in the same way you are. Do people like that actually exist???
Location: 7880 Washington Village Drive, Washington Twp.
More info: www.chappyssocialhouse.com | (937)-439-9200
7. HICKORY BAR-B-Q
This classic supper club stop has a comfort food packed menu with a broasted chicken dish as a specialty option. The Hungarian cabbage roll recipe on the menu has been in the family over 100 years and should not be missed.
Location: 1082 Brown St., Dayton
More info: www.hickorybarbq.com or 937-228-5252
8. RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS
Raising Cane’s is famous for its flaky, fried chicken tenders. If delicious dipping sauce with your fried chicken is your thing, look no further. This fried chicken chain has got their sauce recipe DOWN. But we’ll let you decide.
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Location: 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., 4384 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek. Location coming soon to Huber Heights.
More info: www.raisingcanes.com
This fried chicken joint serves it up hot and crispy. The golden brown outside is hand-breaded with just the right combination of spices. The chicken tenders are large and piled on toasty bread with pickles that pairs nicely. People who frequent this fried chicken stop also rave about their Hash Brown Casserole.
Location: 10655 Innovation Drive, Austin Landing
More info: www.mikesnashvillehot.com
10. KRISPY KRUNCHY
Gas station fried chicken? Yep! And people SWEAR by it. This convenience store fried chicken chain established in 1989 has a basic-yet-delicious menu that will fill you up while you fill your tank. The franchise boasts their Cajun recipe as well as their buttery biscuits. If you’re on the hunt for some fried chicken, don’t rule out this dive!
Location: Town & Country Shell Station, 3960 Far Hills Ave., Kettering and 100 N. James H. McGee Blvd., Dayton
More info: www.krispykrunchy.com
11. THE CHICKEN SPOT
This fried chicken comes served on bun. The Chicken Spot is Chef Anthony Head's new restaurant that opened in summer 2019 in the Northwest Shopping Plaza at 3261 W. Siebenthaler Ave. The large pieces of fried chicken are flavorful, seasoned and crisp. Signature sandwiches include The Medusa (topped with rich cavatappi-noodle macaroni and cheese; bitter, kicky collard greens; and tart pickled onions) and The ChickenHead (topped with pickled onions). Any sandwich can be ordered "WetWet,’" dipped in a sauce of your choosing: lemon-pepper glaze, Cdubb Gold, Gem City Sauce, Thai Garlic Chili Sauce or Mac N Cheese Sauce.
Location: 3261 W. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
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