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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.