Denver's five best plates of fried chicken

Categories: Best of Denver

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Lori Midson
Fried chicken at The Pinyon.
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.

There are several spots in Denver where the fried chicken really flies. Here are the five best:

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Lori Midson
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.

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Mark Manger
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.

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Lori Midson
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.


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31 comments
Sarcasumsus the Magnificent
Sarcasumsus the Magnificent

Amazing that this list does not include Cora Fayes's Soul Food Cafe and Catering on Colorado. Instead you include D-Bag's overpriced yuppie-stuffing? Shameful.

BSquared
BSquared

I like White Fence Farm, but then again I also like Popeyes, so take that for what its worth! Maybe because I grew up just down the street and always looked forward to when Dad came home with boxes of Fried Chicken from there, it was better then Jim Dandy which was the other option.That being said, I agree that Steubens is my favorite fried chicken in town

Retrochick73
Retrochick73

Best fried chicken for me in Denver is CoraFaye's on Colorado Blvd. and 29th.

Rome541
Rome541

Had Steubens Fried Yard Bird the other night and its hands down the best I've had in the area!!!

Rome541
Rome541

Had Steubens Fried Yard Bird the other night and its hands down the best I've had in the area!!!

Steveo65
Steveo65

Agree with Tom's. But I really miss Joseph's Southern on Fairfax.  

Powpowjunkie
Powpowjunkie

Brothers BBQ on 6th and Wash does fried chicken on Friday evenings only. It's fantastic and worth the trip once a week.

Jeff
Jeff

I've yet to try African Grill and Bar, but for me, Stueben's fried chicken handily tops all the others on this list.

harmony
harmony

There's a new restaurant that has just opened less than 2 months ago in Boulder:  Shug's Low Country Cuisine.  They now have fried chicken permanently on their dinner menu.   It is a generous portion--4 pieces, accompanied with mashed potatoes and also the choice of another side dish, for $12.   I had the voodoo greens as a side dish.  It was excellent and a real bargain.    

Daveed
Daveed

I'm still partial to the Castle Cafe in Castle Rock.  Their fried chicken is worth the drive.

lisa
lisa

I love the honey stung chicken from the Hornet!

GFTW
GFTW

Bleh, White Fence Farm's food is quite mediocre, and leaves you feeling quite unhealthy. OTOH, I heard Frasca has awesome fried chicken!

Jon S
Jon S

Steuben's and Welton Street Cafe both have awesome fried chicken.

Stupid is...
Stupid is...

Jim Dandy's was the greatest fried chicken ever!!!!  LOVED it!  Last location I recall was over on 13th ave, near Wax Trax and Fashionnation.  QUITE a bit more gentrified than back in the late 80s when the JD was still there.

Guest
Guest

Retrochick73 shoots and scores!

Dan
Dan

I agree, Shug's chicken was delicious.

Mantonat
Mantonat

That's silly, Castle Rock doesn't count. Boulder however...

Kimberly
Kimberly

Absolutely!! AND they sell one of the best brands of absinthe known to man. Not that it's a requirement to have good absinthe with your fried chicken, but it's good...

J.
J.

DUH!  Fired Chicken is not supposed to make you feel good.  it is FRIED chicken!  If i want "healthy" chicken, i will steam or bake it.

Also, I love me some Church's. Not as good as the old Jim Dandy's but the only fast food place to get true fried chicken.  hate the whole over-spiced Popeye's thing.

Jessehall
Jessehall

Actually GFTW, Frasca doesn't have fried chicken, yet. But if they did it would be in the top five for sure

DVD
DVD

Could not agree more!  Just because White Fence Farm is "famous" for their fried chicken doesn't mean it's good. 

Laura Shunk
Laura Shunk

GFTW, FTW! You beat jessehall to the punch, I see.

Laura Shunk
Laura Shunk

Welton Street is also a personal favorite. Consider it an honorable mention.

GFTW
GFTW

You're eating the wrong chicken then, fired, fried, or otherwise. Chuch's is disgusting crap. And "I love me some" is one of the stupidest phrases ever.

GFTW
GFTW

Actually, they do! :P But it's super secret and not on the menu. And it is FANTASTIC!!

GFTW
GFTW

Anybody who defends Church's definitely can't be taken seriously.

J.
J.

Church's is the only place of its kind nowadays, dummy.  But you really bolster your argument criticizing my typing skills. 

And i stand by the statement that FRIED (happy?) chicken is NOT meant to be healthy.  If you think any fried food is good for you, I guess you will be dead soon.

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