In the 1970s, this “scotch house,” or bar, added a little restaurant run by Ms Willie Mae Seaton, whose exemplary wings, thighs and drumsticks went on to line many a hungry drinker’s belly. The recipient of a James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region” and recognition from the Food Network and Travel Channel as America’s best fried chicken, Willie Mae’s bounced back after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and still thrives under the direction of Ms Seaton’s great-granddaughter. Dig into a plate of three pieces of crisp, greaseless chicken (go for the dark meat) along with a classic side like creamy mac and cheese, or red beans and rice.
American cuisine is a mutt through-and-through, with the best Italian restaurants in America and the best Mexican restaurants defining the genre as much as burgers and BBQ do. But perhaps no other single dish exemplifies American food like fried chicken, that buttermilk-soaked, flour-dredged bird that’s served in diners and meat-and-threes from east to west and north to south. But who makes the best fried chicken in America? Whose crispy birds are worth a road trip, just for a plate or basket of goodness? From LA to NYC, in Texas and across the Carolinas, these are the best fried chicken restaurants in America.