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.
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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.
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Fried chicken is featured every Sunday at Lily’s Bistro. Photos courtesy of Lily’s Bistro Facebook
1. LILY’S BISTRO
Every Sunday night from 5-9:30 p.m., Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District offers up local, free-range, deep-fried Sunday supper goodness. The sharable family-style plates of crispy spiced chicken and Southern sides are prepared to order. A whole chicken for $32 shared with some friends seems like the perfect recipe to cap off a great weekend.
Location: 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton
More info: www.lilysbistro.com or 937-723-7637
Tender, crispy wings from Benjamin's the Burger Master.
Photo: Photo by Sheri Sine
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.
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Location: 1000 N. Main St., Dayton
More info: http://www.yelp.com/ or 937-223-8702
The dinning room at the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant. Bill Lackey/Staff
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.
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Location: 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle
More info: www.melodeerestaurant.com or 937-849-1378
KD’s Kettering BBQ will be closed Saturday and Sunday to mourn the loss of founder Jim Keadey, who died Monday at 63. It will reopen Monday. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer
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 fried whitefish and deep fried oysters are also worth seeking out.
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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.
Location: 330 E. Central Ave., Springboro
More info: www.lovelysfarmmarket.com or 937-748-3616
Chappy’s (2733 W Alex Bell Rd, Moraine) - Chicken and Waffles: Chappy’s is well known as having some of the best bar food in Dayton, nay, Ohio, as well as a killer beer selection. They’ve long had one of my favorite fried chicken dinners in Dayton, but they’ve recently started offering chicken and waffles, first as a brunch option, and now on their regular dinner menu. This combo has it all, well spiced, crispy fried chicken, and a yeasty sweet Belgian waffle. Served with spicy syrup (recommend) or regular syrup. Rarely, when eating chicken and waffles, do you find all the components done well, usually the waffle is soggy, or the chicken is dry or under -seasoned. Chappy’s nails it.
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???
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Location: 7880 Washington Village Drive, Washington Twp.
More info: www.chappyssocialhouse.com | (937)-439-9200
7. SUBBY’S MIAMISBURG WITH CHICKEN LOUIE’S
Chicken Louie’s began in 1958 on Main Street in Dayton and 50 years later the business sadly shut its doors. Six years later, in 2014, it opened against all odds in one of the most unexpected spots — the Super Subby’s in Miamisburg. Head there to try the Chicken Louie’s marinated broasted chicken and relish in the flavor of a Dayton tradition.
Location: 1242 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg
More info: www.miamisburgsubbys.com or 937-866-6080
8. 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
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Photo: Staff Writer
9. RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS
Columbus and Cincinnati poultry lovers have been getting their fill of Raising Cane’s flaky, fried chicken tenders for quite some time. With the recent opening of the first Dayton-area Cane’s in Centerville, ‘Caniacs’ in Dayton no longer need to drive out of town for that tempting, signature taste. 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.
More info: www.raisingcanes.com
Nashville Hot opened its first restaurant in February 2016 in Crescent Springs, Kentucky. Photo by Phil Didion from WCPO.com
10. MIKE’S NASHVILLE HOT
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
A three piece combo at Krispy Krunchy Chicken. Bill Lackey/Staff
Photo: Contributing Writer
11. 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!
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Location: 3960 Far Hills Ave., Kettering and 100 N James H McGee Blvd., Dayton
More info: www.krispykrunchy.com