Here are our five favorite fried chicken dishes in the city
1) Meme – 2201 Spruce Street
Available only on Thursday for lunch, the fried chicken ($11) comes with the side of the day, a biscuit and a Miller High Life. It might be a weird schedule, but this chicken is worth checking out, even if it means missing Thursday class.
2) Federal Donuts – 1219 South 2nd St.
You might have to grab a number and wait in line when the birds start coming out of the fryer at noon, but it’s worth it for your choice of crispy or glazed chicken ($8 for half, $15 for whole). We recommend the crispy harissa.
3) Resurrection Ale House – 2425 Grays Ferry Ave.
This spot is surprisingly close to campus, and it serves up an incredible twice–fried chicken ($14). The bird comes with a spicy honey, and Resurrection has an extensive beer menu to make sure you can wash it all down just right.
4) Cafe Soho – 468 W. Cheltenham Ave.
Michael Solomonov, the genius behind Zahav and Federal Donuts, calls this North Philly spot his favorite place for Korean fried chicken in the city. It might be a trek, but it’s worth it.
5) Jones – 700 Chestnut St.
This retro Stephen Starr joint is slightly uneven when it comes to food, but the chicken and waffles ($14) always hit the spot. It might sound like an unusual combination, but trust us, it’s perfect, especially when drenched in maple syrup.
Honorable Mention: Chick Fil–A
Yeah, it may be fast food, and it may be closed on Sundays, but this Southern chain is seriously good for its strips, nuggets and hallmark chicken sandwich. There’s an express location at Drexel, but for the full Chick Fil–A experience, including fried chicken biscuits in the morning, head to the food court at the Shops at Liberty Place or the Gallery at Market East.