Though New Orleans native Percy "Frenchy" Creuzot Jr. originally opened it as a po-boy stand back in 1969, it wasn’t long before this spot near UH was famous for something else. Today everyone from Devin the Dude to Beyoncé adores the spicy Creole-fried chicken served here—just remember to check your box before you leave; Frenchy’s is notorious for both long lines and mixing up orders.
Don’t let the name fool you. Fried chicken is the thing to get at this family-run Independence Heights restaurant, which has been serving crunchy, crispy, brined-and-battered birds since 1946. It’s fried to order, so expect at least a 30-minute wait.
There’s a reason the fried chicken is the No. 1 seller here (followed closely by the chicken-fried steak): a buttermilk brine that makes every piece as juicy and tender as the last. Order it when it’s on special (lunchtime Fridays) and comes with collard greens and smoked Gouda mac ‘n’ cheese.
Fried chicken gets fancy at chef Brandi Key’s upscale Southern joint in Rice Village. Whether you get the five-piece half-bird or the 10-piece whole one, the spread is served on a big baking sheet with horseradish mashed potatoes and buttermilk biscuits.
Named in honor of Texas culinary legend Lucille B. Smith, the restaurant run by her great-grandson—chef Chris Williams—turns out a whole fried yardbird (at dinner only) with smoked greens and mac ‘n’ cheese that would make Smith proud.