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Kory Aversa

14 Fried Chicken Spots Open for Takeout and Delivery in Philly

Where to order the juiciest, crispiest, crunchiest fried chicken

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Redcrest Fried Chicken
| Kory Aversa

There are rules when it comes to frying chicken — rules and techniques and philosophies and credos. The idea is simple: juicy meat, crispy skin. But easy-sounding ideas often stumble in execution. Fortunately for Philadelphia, there's some true fried chicken talent in the city's dining scene, with chefs pulling off the right balance of crispy on the outside, tender on the inside chicken, with grease nowhere in sight.

A number of Philly restaurants have resumed outdoor dining. If that’s an option, it’s noted on the map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining on-premises at restaurants, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases, visit the City of Philadelphia website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio and sidewalk dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Andy's Chicken (multiple locations)

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2001 Memphis St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 291-0700

The chicken here is double-fried — it’s Korean fried chicken, after all — with a caked-on breading so bubbly and crisp it’s hard to imagine eating chicken another way. Go for the original or choose from options like honey garlic, sweet chili, or golden soy. A newer Jenkintown location is also open, but the Graduate Hospital location is currently closed.

Call for pickup or use Caviar or DoorDash for delivery.

2. Love & Honey Fried Chicken

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1100 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 789-7878
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In Northern Liberties, Todd and Laura Lyons serve a short menu of the ultimate American comfort foods: extra-crispy golden-brown fried chicken, cornbread, potato salad, and slices of pie. Their chicken gets a touch of sweetness from a drizzle of honey after frying.

Order pickup or delivery online. Love & Honey is not taking walk-up orders.

3. Crunchik’n

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212 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 886-9373
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The menu at fast-casual Korean spot Crunchik’n, run by a father and daughter team, includes crunchy Korean fried chicken that’s marinated for 24 hours before being fried and then glazed in a choice of sauces ranging from mild honey soy to sweet chili super spice.

Order pickup or delivery online.

4. Hatch & Coop

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122 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-0102
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Craving a late-night fried chicken sandwich? Hatch & Coop delivers until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The fried chicken is layered with different sauces on a buttered, toasted King’s Hawaiian roll — or go for the chicken and waffle sandwich with honey butter hot sauce.

Order pickup online or use Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats, Doordash, or Caviar for delivery.

5. Bud & Marilyn's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220
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Marcie Turney and Val Safran's retro Bud & Marilyn’s specializes in homey Midwestern cuisine, like the crispy half chicken with biscuits, house-made hot sauce, honey butter, and pickles. It’s enough to share, especially alongside an appetizer or two like fried cheese curds.

Order pickup online or use Caviar for delivery. Outdoor dining is available.

6. Ms Tootsie’s Restaurant & Bar

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1312 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 731-9045
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At brunch, South Street soul food destination Ms. Tootsie’s is where to go for mini-waffles topped with crunchy, golden-brown fried chicken and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Owner KeVen Parker, who originally opened Ms. Tootsie’s with his mom, Joyce “Tootsie” Parker, also sells fried chicken at Keven Parker’s Soul Food Cafe inside Reading Terminal Market.

Call Ms. Tootsie’s at (267) 339-1322 or (267) 339-2266 to order takeout, weekends only. The market cafe is open daily.

7. Frannie Nick's

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824 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-3495
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Sure, you could go for the fried chicken wings with chef Ilisha Sampson’s house-made honey sauce at Frannie Nick’s, but if there’s a sandwich that layers fried chicken between powdered sugar–dusted funnel cakes on a menu, it’s meant to be ordered.

Order online for pickup or use Grubhub, Black & Mobile. Uber Eats or DoorDash for delivery.

8. Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

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1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 687-8258
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Every order of Federal Donuts chicken comes with a honey-glazed doughnut, which, in the grand scheme of things, might not be necessary. But when it comes to crushing za'atar-dusted half chickens, a donut as a palate cleanser is a wonderful thing. Five locations of the local chain are open.

Order online for pickup or on Caviar for delivery.

basket with fried chicken and doughnut next to an icy drink Michael Persico

9. Warmdaddy's

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1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 462-2000
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The jazz brunches are on hold at the Bynum brothers’ Warmdaddy’s but the fried chicken is still available via pickup or delivery, Thursday to Sunday. The iron skillet fried chicken meal includes four pieces of chicken, smoked turkey collard greens and cabbage, and mashed sweet potatoes. It would be a good idea to get an order of the honey butter cornbread too. Fried chicken is also on the menu at South, the Southern restaurant and jazz club on North Broad from the same owners.

Order through the restaurant or use a delivery service like Caviar or Black & Mobile.

10. Redcrest Fried Chicken

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1525 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 454-6951
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On East Passyunk Avenue, Adam Volk serves a choice of buttermilk or hot-and-spicy fried chicken. Go for the chicken on its own, packaged with a biscuit, or opt for a sandwich, like the Drive-Thru with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and special sauce. Vegan versions of the sandwiches are also available.

Stop by for takeout or order delivery through Caviar, Uber Eats, or Grubhub.

fried chicken in container on black tray Redcrest [official photo]

11. Corinne's Place

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1254 Haddon Ave
Camden, NJ 08103
(856) 541-4894
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Cross the bridge for this soul food restaurant in Camden serving golden-brown, never-greasy fried chicken alongside baked mac and cheese, candied yams, and black-eyed peas. Don’t forget to add a slice of sweet potato pie to the order.

Order pickup online or use Grubhub, Uber Eats, or DoorDash for delivery (in New Jersey).

12. Wishbone (multiple locations)

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4034 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 921-3204
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Wishbone fries up buttermilk-battered, pretzel-crusted chicken tenders and wings — served with a choice of creative dipping sauces — at two locations, in Center City and University City. The 13th Street shop has an extensive beer list and takeout cocktails.

Order pickup and delivery online.

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13. Big G's Chicken Shack

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5148 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19139
(445) 888-3408
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The chicken comes baked, barbecued or fried with sauces like garlic parmesan or Thai chili at Big G’s Chicken Shack in West Philly. The move is to order a platter so you’ll get a choice of sides, including candied yams, smoked turkey collard greens, mac and cheese, and more.

Call (445) 888-3408 for pickup or get delivery through Uber Eats, Grubhub, or Black & Mobile. There are picnic tables outside.

14. Debreaux's

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2135 N 63rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19151
(215) 877-4559

In the parking lot of the Overbrook train station sits a shack with wobbly tables and a country kitchen aesthetic. The menu explicitly states "Southern food is not fast food," and that's for sure: Pre-pandemic, diners would wait an hour or more for a plate of Frances Debreaux's soul food. Now, customers call ahead to place orders for the fried chicken, with its extra-crispy shell, and sides of mac and cheese and crazy rice. (Expect to call a few times before getting anyone on the phone.)

1. Andy's Chicken (multiple locations)

2001 Memphis St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

The chicken here is double-fried — it’s Korean fried chicken, after all — with a caked-on breading so bubbly and crisp it’s hard to imagine eating chicken another way. Go for the original or choose from options like honey garlic, sweet chili, or golden soy. A newer Jenkintown location is also open, but the Graduate Hospital location is currently closed.

Call for pickup or use Caviar or DoorDash for delivery.

2001 Memphis St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. Love & Honey Fried Chicken

1100 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

In Northern Liberties, Todd and Laura Lyons serve a short menu of the ultimate American comfort foods: extra-crispy golden-brown fried chicken, cornbread, potato salad, and slices of pie. Their chicken gets a touch of sweetness from a drizzle of honey after frying.

Order pickup or delivery online. Love & Honey is not taking walk-up orders.

1100 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. Crunchik’n

212 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The menu at fast-casual Korean spot Crunchik’n, run by a father and daughter team, includes crunchy Korean fried chicken that’s marinated for 24 hours before being fried and then glazed in a choice of sauces ranging from mild honey soy to sweet chili super spice.

Order pickup or delivery online.

212 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Hatch & Coop

122 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Craving a late-night fried chicken sandwich? Hatch & Coop delivers until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The fried chicken is layered with different sauces on a buttered, toasted King’s Hawaiian roll — or go for the chicken and waffle sandwich with honey butter hot sauce.

Order pickup online or use Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats, Doordash, or Caviar for delivery.

122 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Marcie Turney and Val Safran's retro Bud & Marilyn’s specializes in homey Midwestern cuisine, like the crispy half chicken with biscuits, house-made hot sauce, honey butter, and pickles. It’s enough to share, especially alongside an appetizer or two like fried cheese curds.

Order pickup online or use Caviar for delivery. Outdoor dining is available.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Ms Tootsie’s Restaurant & Bar

1312 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

At brunch, South Street soul food destination Ms. Tootsie’s is where to go for mini-waffles topped with crunchy, golden-brown fried chicken and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Owner KeVen Parker, who originally opened Ms. Tootsie’s with his mom, Joyce “Tootsie” Parker, also sells fried chicken at Keven Parker’s Soul Food Cafe inside Reading Terminal Market.

Call Ms. Tootsie’s at (267) 339-1322 or (267) 339-2266 to order takeout, weekends only. The market cafe is open daily.

1312 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Frannie Nick's

824 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sure, you could go for the fried chicken wings with chef Ilisha Sampson’s house-made honey sauce at Frannie Nick’s, but if there’s a sandwich that layers fried chicken between powdered sugar–dusted funnel cakes on a menu, it’s meant to be ordered.

Order online for pickup or use Grubhub, Black & Mobile. Uber Eats or DoorDash for delivery.

824 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

8. Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
basket with fried chicken and doughnut next to an icy drink Michael Persico

Every order of Federal Donuts chicken comes with a honey-glazed doughnut, which, in the grand scheme of things, might not be necessary. But when it comes to crushing za'atar-dusted half chickens, a donut as a palate cleanser is a wonderful thing. Five locations of the local chain are open.

Order online for pickup or on Caviar for delivery.

1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Warmdaddy's

1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The jazz brunches are on hold at the Bynum brothers’ Warmdaddy’s but the fried chicken is still available via pickup or delivery, Thursday to Sunday. The iron skillet fried chicken meal includes four pieces of chicken, smoked turkey collard greens and cabbage, and mashed sweet potatoes. It would be a good idea to get an order of the honey butter cornbread too. Fried chicken is also on the menu at South, the Southern restaurant and jazz club on North Broad from the same owners.

Order through the restaurant or use a delivery service like Caviar or Black & Mobile.

1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. Redcrest Fried Chicken

1525 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
fried chicken in container on black tray Redcrest [official photo]

On East Passyunk Avenue, Adam Volk serves a choice of buttermilk or hot-and-spicy fried chicken. Go for the chicken on its own, packaged with a biscuit, or opt for a sandwich, like the Drive-Thru with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and special sauce. Vegan versions of the sandwiches are also available.

Stop by for takeout or order delivery through Caviar, Uber Eats, or Grubhub.

1525 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

11. Corinne's Place

1254 Haddon Ave, Camden, NJ 08103

Cross the bridge for this soul food restaurant in Camden serving golden-brown, never-greasy fried chicken alongside baked mac and cheese, candied yams, and black-eyed peas. Don’t forget to add a slice of sweet potato pie to the order.

Order pickup online or use Grubhub, Uber Eats, or DoorDash for delivery (in New Jersey).

1254 Haddon Ave
Camden, NJ 08103

12. Wishbone (multiple locations)

4034 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
fried chicken with container of dipping sauce Wishbone [official photo]

Wishbone fries up buttermilk-battered, pretzel-crusted chicken tenders and wings — served with a choice of creative dipping sauces — at two locations, in Center City and University City. The 13th Street shop has an extensive beer list and takeout cocktails.

Order pickup and delivery online.

4034 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

13. Big G's Chicken Shack

5148 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

The chicken comes baked, barbecued or fried with sauces like garlic parmesan or Thai chili at Big G’s Chicken Shack in West Philly. The move is to order a platter so you’ll get a choice of sides, including candied yams, smoked turkey collard greens, mac and cheese, and more.

Call (445) 888-3408 for pickup or get delivery through Uber Eats, Grubhub, or Black & Mobile. There are picnic tables outside.

5148 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

14. Debreaux's

2135 N 63rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19151

In the parking lot of the Overbrook train station sits a shack with wobbly tables and a country kitchen aesthetic. The menu explicitly states "Southern food is not fast food," and that's for sure: Pre-pandemic, diners would wait an hour or more for a plate of Frances Debreaux's soul food. Now, customers call ahead to place orders for the fried chicken, with its extra-crispy shell, and sides of mac and cheese and crazy rice. (Expect to call a few times before getting anyone on the phone.)

2135 N 63rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19151

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