Named after chef Kristen Ashley’s grandmother, Cleo’s Southern Cuisine melds beloved family recipes with Creole classics. At Ashley’s Bronzeville restaurant (not far from her childhood home), she serves authentic comfort food that leaves a lasting impression long after your final bite. No order is complete without Cleo’s wonderfully crunchy, addictively juicy fried chicken, which can be ordered by itself, atop waffles or on a stacked sandwich. After just one bite, you’ll understand what all of the hype is about.
Napkins at the ready! Fried chicken has never gone out of style, but the recent fast food Chicken Sandwich Wars have inspired even more of Chicago's best restaurants to add crispy bird to their menu. Alongside breasts served between buns and more conventional baskets to golden-fried goodness, you'll find everything from chicken doused in Nashville-style hot sauce that lights your taste buds on fire to Korean lollipop-style wings served with white rice. Long revered as one of the best cheap eats Chicago has in its arsenal, fried chicken is a delicacy that we'll order for breakfast, lunch or dinner without shame. (Thankfully, it's a staple on plenty of Chicago brunch menus.) Prepare to get your hands greasy when you dig into the best fried chicken Chicago has ever seen.
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