Denver's five best plates of fried chicken
We'll eat fried chicken any time of the year, but we really crave it during the summer, sided with coleslaw, cobbler, mac and cheese or watermelon. We credit that yearning to a subconscious association with picnic season. But instead of unpacking a bucket of KFC, we head instead to a joint that serves up great fried bird.
Lori Midson Fried chicken at The Pinyon.
There are several spots in Denver where the fried chicken really flies. Here are the five best:
5. D Bar Desserts
Despite D Bar's obvious focus on after-meal sweets, the savory food shouldn't be overlooked. Case in point: the Southern-fried Belgian, a towering chicken and waffle sandwich that slides thick hunks of crispy fried chicken between white cheddar and Parmesan-infused waffles. Sided with a mountain of sweet-potato fries, it's a clever -- and delicious -- take on one of our favorite fried chicken dishes in existence.
4. White Fence Farms
White Fence Farms is a strange palace of kitsch out in the western suburbs, a farm-themed tourist attraction with a petting zoo and a gift shop overrun by sticky children. But if you can get past all that and order the fried chicken, you're likely to cluck with joy. The restaurant bakes the bird first and pan-fries it to order, creating a dark, crunchy crust shellacked to tender, juicy meat, well-fused so that every bite allows for a mouthful of both elements.
3. Tom's Home Cookin'
When we're craving soul food in this town, Tom's Home Cookin' is one of our top stops, and we'll join the lunch line for a platter of mac and cheese, peach cobbler with a Saltine crust and vibrant orange candied yams. Those sides are an excellent supporting cast to the star, the fried chicken, tender hunks of bird, deep-fried until golden. It's rib-sticking and food coma-inducing -- and we can't get enough.