The Best Fried Chicken in the Triangle


Where to get your fix for National Fried Chicken Day July 6

Zac Brown Band said it best: “It’s funny how it’s the little things in life that mean the most”—and in the South, fried chicken ranks high on that list of things. So for National Fried Chicken Day July 6, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots to get your fried chicken fix in the Triangle. Cold beer pairing optional, but encouraged. Nosh on!

Beasley’s icon status makes it a given for any local fried chicken list—and for good reason. AC serves hers up fresh, crispy and topped with honey (hence the resto name). Order it by the piece or make it a delicious chicken and waffle masterpiece for a proper brunch—or brinner!  

This crowd-pleasing comfort food resto with three locations in the Triangle (Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill) elevates its “almost world-famous” chicken and waffles with shmears (aka whipped sweet creme butters) and drizzles. Try a sweet potato waffle with maple-pecan shmear and a sweet whiskey cream drizzle for a combo that’ll blow your mind. You’ll never go back to a traditional chicken and waffle again!

Southern comfort food gets a tasty twist at Tupelo Honey, where its famous bone-in fried chicken is brined for over 18 hours then cooked to perfection and topped with your choice of “bee dust,” Sriracha honey sauce, or sweet and spicy sauce. Really spice things up with Tupelo’s mac-n-cheese waffles with Asheville hot fried chicken—if you can handle the heat… 

Breakfast for dinner? Don’t mind if we do. It doesn’t get much better than chef Sean Fowler’s signature chicken and waffles made with fried Joyce Farms chicken, a buckwheat waffle, collards, sauteed mushrooms, bacon mushroom emulsion, and truffle honey. So boujee and, oh, so delicious. Pinky’s up! 

Bojangles has nothing on the State Farmers Market Restaurant’s fried chicken biscuit—a Southern staple perfect for a post-farmers market perk up or, let’s be real, a hangover.  

We’re calling it—Iyla’s Southern Kitchen wins the chicken sandwich wars. The Morgan Street Food Hall outpost offers an array of loaded fried chicken sandos, including a Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich with comeback sauce, pickles and coleslaw, and a chicken and waffle sandwich, aka fried chicken between two waffles and topped with Cackalaky aioli, housemade pimento cheese and coleslaw. Trust us, you’re gonna want extra napkins.


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Angela Brown
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