Updated April 2018
One could argue that fried chicken is perhaps the most classic dish ever created in the history of food. If you’re a meat-eater, chances are extremely high you share a love of fried chicken just like the other 99% (assumptive, made-up calculations) of the world.
Most have a personal connection with fried chicken dating back to our childhood as well as generations before us. Fried chicken dates back to the Scottish immigrants who brought their traditions of deep-frying chicken in fat and introducing it to the southern United States. It eventually became a southern staple and was later enriched with seasonings and spices from newer recipes to improve the flavor.
If you’re planning to round up your friends and family for big bucket of fried chicken with all of your favorite sides and an ice cold drink, here’s a list of our favorite fried chicken spots in Austin.
600 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Tumble 22 features a menu of chicken-fried specialties with a fiery uniqueness all its own. At it’s core, Tumble 22’s offerings is the chicken itself, which is all-natural, sourced in Texas and contains no additives. The chicken is tumbled in seasoned flour, fried and coated in Chef Harold’s special secret blend of seasonings. When the chicken meets the sauce, it is dipped in a choice of four chef-made sauces: Wimpy, Hot, Dang Hot and Fire in the Hole. It’s crispy, juicy and second to none.
117 San Jacinto Blvd.
Memphis based Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken may not technically be a local spot, but I dare you to eat it without calling it one of the best in town. Each piece of chicken is fried to a golden crisp, all while staying perfectly moist and juicy inside with a slight spicy kick to it. Every plate comes with their standard side of beans, coleslaw and white bread just as does in it’s Tennessee flagship.
Max’s Wine Dive
117 San Jacinto Blvd.
Max’s Wine Dive has consistently been crowned by Texans as serving the best fried chicken in state since opening their original Houston location in 2006. The chicken is prepared with a crispy jalapeño-buttermilk crust, encasing its juicy meat, arriving with a slice of Texas toast, mashed potatoes and fresh collard greens. Who doesn’t love fried chicken and champagne?
Ms P’s Electric Cock has become a world famous, Austin grown institution featuring their refined southern fried chicken recipe with a unique ‘food-truck-style’ twist. They start with locally sourced sustainable, antibiotic and hormone free chicken that’s always fresh and never frozen. I would honestly live in their food truck forever if I could eat their chicken every day.
2002 Manor Rd.
Hoover’s Cooking has been serving honest-to-goodness classic Texas home cooking on Manor Rd. for the last 15 years by native Austinite Hoover Alexander. He grew up helping his family hand pick farm fresh produce carrying the tradition on to his restaurant making him a pioneer in Austin’s famous farm-to-table movement before it was cool! Their fried chicken is a classic crispy recipe full of flavor and a home cooked touch.
3 Locations in Austin – 5408 Burnet Rd | 2218 College Ave | 2900 Ranch Rd 620 N
Lucy’s is one of Austin’s favorite homegrown restaurants that just happens to be known for its amazing fried chicken where you can literally get a bucket of fried chicken the way our founding fathers intended it to be served (not really). Is it weird that my personal favorite is the cold chicken?
Salty Sow has the very best happy hour in town. It also happens to be the only time you can get their amazing honey butter fried chicken and biscuit deal for only $5. Add an order of their tacos duck fat fries, crispy brussels sprouts, deviled eggs and a cocktail and you can actually walk out of their withouth spending more than $40. After eating their chicken you’ll wish they offered bucket orders with biscuits, but I dream.
7525 Burnet Rd
If you’ve lived in Austin for more than 5 years, you should already know everything there is to know about Top Notch. It’s the same place on Dazed and Confused where Matthew MacConaughey first said “Alright, alright, alright!”. This classic burger joint has been serving up delicious and crispy Texas free-range fried chicken since the 1970’s, so your parents were probably chowing down on this back in their glory days.
Prior to being known as a BBQ establishment, Bill Miller BBQ first opened it’s doors in 1953 in San Antonio as a Fried Chicken joint in San Antonio. It looks like they haven’t lost their touch because their original recipe is still being served today. Pick up a big box a chicken or a few pieces with a bucket of their famous iced tea and enjoy!
1716 South Congress Avenue
LB&B’s crispy, flavorful, Texas free range buttermilk fried chicken comes with a side of Watermelon-arugula salad. I’ve had dreams about this chicken since my first bite.
500 W. 5th #168, Austin, TX 7870
Wu Chow’s Spicy Sichuan Fried Chicken features a spicy bowl of organic chicken, sichuan peppercorns and chilies is about as impressive as the upscale decor of the restaurant itself. If spicy Sichuan tickles your tongue a little too much, I’m sure they’ll remove the chilies, but why on earth would you want to remove yourself from such a heated experience.
500 W 5th St, Austin
This bad boy is only available during Daily Social hours for only $9. The fried chicken sandwich comes on a house made sunchoke roll, along with sweet tea pickles, chicken mayo, a sunchoke & benne seed roll and arrives with a side of salt & pepper fries.
2129 E 7th St
Flyrite uses fresh local ingredients from better the best possible sources, including all-natural chicken raised without antibiotics. Their delicious sandwiches, wraps and shakes are fresh and made to order. The crispy chicken breast is served on a toasted whole wheat bun with homemade pickle chips and your choice of sauce.
909 W Mary St Austin, TX 78704
Gluten-free fried chicken with a side of sticky rice and Thai sauce will hit the spot every single time. If you don’t instantly fall in love with this chicken, you’re simply not human.
718 Congress Ave #100
Ever since I was lucky enough to get my first bite of Nashville Hot Fried Chicken in 2015, I’ve been on an insane hunt for a spot in Austin that serves it. Finally, Chef Huffman at the Townsend has made my dreams in to a reality.