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The Budlong

Restaurants, Soul and southern American Lincoln Park
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
The Budlong
Photograph: Courtesy Budlong

Time Out says

Up until now, all attempts to bring Nashville-style hot chicken to Chicago have been hampered by unfortunate missteps, from texturally weird breading to too-viscous, barbecue sauce-like cayenne paste to wimpy spicing. Enter the Budlong, a snug new Lakeview spot frying up hot chicken that hits all the right notes. That is to say, the chicken is briny, the breading is shatteringly crisp, and the cayenne paste that coats it gets you sweating and stains your fingers just the right shade of atomic red. (Four heat levels—“naked,” classic, medium, and extra hot—are available; we find the medium packs a reasonable burn.) In true Nashville fashion, it’s even crowned with a skewer of cooling pickles and served up on a slice of white bread that draws in crumbled crust and spicy drippings like a delicious sponge.

By: Cate Huguelet



Address: 1008 W Armitage Ave

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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Oh it's true. I've been to Budlong twice and it's the best fried chicken I've ever had. Can't wait til they open one closer to my house. Hopefully soon! 


We went to the Lincoln Square locale which is cute, cozy and quick serve. The hot chicken here packs a spicy punch.  Sides were decent--tried the mac and cheese and greens--but the chicken was better.  It's BYOB so bring some dranks.  Dessert was not the star. We tried the banana pudding and it could have used some more naners.


Budlong reopened in Revival food hall and I would reco- instead of spending $15 on a sandwich, spend $3 and get the BEST biscuit of your life. It is huge and buttery. Hell, spend $6 and get 2 if you're up for it.