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Let’s talk about fried chicken, a fare that originated in the American South during the 18th century and is now deeply rooted within New Orleans’ food heritage. The popular recipe, which stemmed from a cultural crossover between West African slaves and Scottish immigrants, began being served on special occasions throughout the colonial period. The comfort food’s delicious nature, though, has transcended time to become one of the city’s quintessential dishes. Since a visit to NOLA is not complete without relishing a fried chicken meal, these are the best restaurants serving up the plate.
Looking for quick, delicious fried chicken on the go? McHardy’s in Mid-City is your spot. This takeout-only shop serves up hot, fresh batches of peppery fried chicken and not much else. Don’t let the singleminded menu or fast-food feel deter you, though, as McHardy’s is high in quality and low in price. Even better, it’s hands-down some of the tastiest fried chicken in town. Enjoy it in nearby City Park, but seriously don’t forget to grab a mountain of napkins.
This article was updated by Kari Elgin on April 24, 2018