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11 Places to Find Crispy Fried Chicken in Metro Detroit

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Few dishes are as singularly satisfying as fried chicken done right. But for what's seemingly a simple dish, the preparations are endless. Bone-in chicken or boneless? Breast, thigh, or wing? Is the skin lightly dusted in flour or is the meat dredged in a thick, spiced batter?

In Detroit, diners have long appreciated fried chicken in all its iterations from extra crispy soul food takeout to pickle brined birds. Here, find a survey of some of the top destinations for fried chicken in metro Detroit.

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1. Pollo Chapin

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2054 Junction
Detroit, MI
(313) 554-9087

Fried chicken lovers should make it a point to visit Pollo Chapin in Southwest Detroit for dine-in or takeout. This casual Guatemalan restaurant’s fried chicken features crispy skin with moist, tender meat and hot sauce for dipping (or drenching) the chicken. Pair a few pieces with pickled veggies and maybe a chicken tamal, too.

2. Gold Cash Gold

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2100 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 242-0770
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Buttermilk brined fried chicken has long been a fan favorite on Gold Cash Gold’s menu. Chef Brendon Edward’s rendition pairs pickle brined and fried dark meat with butter-poached white meat chicken. The brine imbues a subtly tart flavor that complements the meat. During brunch it’s served with a cornbread waffle and spicy maple syrup.

3. SavannahBlue

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1431 Times Sq
Detroit, MI
(313) 926-0783
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This stylish Southern restaurant in downtown Detroit features views of the People Mover and lots of crispy buttermilk battered and fried chicken. The whole meal is served with classic sides such as collards and candied yams.

4. Penny Red's

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1445 Farmer St
Detroit, MI 48226

The fried chicken at this carryout stand flanking the Brakeman beer hall is a bit pricier than most spots in town, but Penny Red’s doesn’t skimp on flavor. The birds are deep-fried in a pressure cooker, leaving the meat extra juicy. Order it as a bucket or in a sandwich and dress it up with a variety of sauces.

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5. Craft Work

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8047 Agnes St
Detroit, MI
(313) 447-5418
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A fan favorite and a holdover from the original menu, Craft Work's fried chicken is a prime example of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality. Served hot out of the fryer with a side of bacon braised greens, mashed potatoes, and Tabasco honey dipping sauce, it's a good balance of sweet and savory.

6. Bert's Marketplace

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2727 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-2030
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Eastern Market mainstay Bert’s is known for its live entertainment and Saturday Market grilling, but the restaurant also makes a mean plate of fried chicken. The chicken is seasoned and soaked in buttermilk and then dredged in a flour mixture before hitting the fryer. Each piece comes out piping hot with juicy meat and plenty of crunchy seasoned skin.

7. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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4101 Third St.
Detroit, MI

A Southern-style favorite, Gus's now has several locations in metro Detroit slinging special recipe fried birds. The chicken boasts a spicier than average dredge. Order it with a side of greens and pie.

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8. Yum Village

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6500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 686-2839
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This laid-back, counter service restaurant in New Center incorporates West African flavors into its fried chicken recipe. The peanut-based suya dry rub gives the extra crispy skin a slightly spicy flavor while leaving the interior superbly tender. The chicken is served with a sweet pepper salad or occasionally over waffles.

9. Ms. E-Vee’s Soul Food

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20880 Gratiot Ave
Eastpointe, MI 48021
(313) 366-5626
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This East Side soul food establishment serves up some of the freshest, well-spiced fried chicken around. Orders are paired with a few of the restaurant’s wide selection of sides including black eyed peas, candied yams, and banana pudding.

10. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

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20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 345-6300
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A visit to this historic northwest Detroit jazz club is a special event that combines live music with piping hot, flavorful plates of fried chicken. The bone-in chicken is piled high on platters with sides like collard greens and black eyed peas. On a weekend this Livernois hotspot often requires reservations. The hot terrine of peach cobbler is also a must-try dessert.

11. Beans & Cornbread

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29508 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 208-1680
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Southfield’s staple Beans & Cornbread specializes in Southern food with options like collard greens, salmon croquettes, and a stellar fried chicken recipe. Get the plate of chicken with sides such as macaroni and cheese or spring for the Belgian waffle.

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1. Pollo Chapin

2054 Junction, Detroit, MI

Fried chicken lovers should make it a point to visit Pollo Chapin in Southwest Detroit for dine-in or takeout. This casual Guatemalan restaurant’s fried chicken features crispy skin with moist, tender meat and hot sauce for dipping (or drenching) the chicken. Pair a few pieces with pickled veggies and maybe a chicken tamal, too.

2054 Junction
Detroit, MI

2. Gold Cash Gold

2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI

Buttermilk brined fried chicken has long been a fan favorite on Gold Cash Gold’s menu. Chef Brendon Edward’s rendition pairs pickle brined and fried dark meat with butter-poached white meat chicken. The brine imbues a subtly tart flavor that complements the meat. During brunch it’s served with a cornbread waffle and spicy maple syrup.

2100 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI

3. SavannahBlue

1431 Times Sq, Detroit, MI

This stylish Southern restaurant in downtown Detroit features views of the People Mover and lots of crispy buttermilk battered and fried chicken. The whole meal is served with classic sides such as collards and candied yams.

1431 Times Sq
Detroit, MI

4. Penny Red's

1445 Farmer St, Detroit, MI 48226
NoHo Hospitality/Noah Fecks

The fried chicken at this carryout stand flanking the Brakeman beer hall is a bit pricier than most spots in town, but Penny Red’s doesn’t skimp on flavor. The birds are deep-fried in a pressure cooker, leaving the meat extra juicy. Order it as a bucket or in a sandwich and dress it up with a variety of sauces.

1445 Farmer St
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Craft Work

8047 Agnes St, Detroit, MI

A fan favorite and a holdover from the original menu, Craft Work's fried chicken is a prime example of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality. Served hot out of the fryer with a side of bacon braised greens, mashed potatoes, and Tabasco honey dipping sauce, it's a good balance of sweet and savory.

8047 Agnes St
Detroit, MI

6. Bert's Marketplace

2727 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

Eastern Market mainstay Bert’s is known for its live entertainment and Saturday Market grilling, but the restaurant also makes a mean plate of fried chicken. The chicken is seasoned and soaked in buttermilk and then dredged in a flour mixture before hitting the fryer. Each piece comes out piping hot with juicy meat and plenty of crunchy seasoned skin.

2727 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

7. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

4101 Third St., Detroit, MI
Gus’s [Official]

A Southern-style favorite, Gus's now has several locations in metro Detroit slinging special recipe fried birds. The chicken boasts a spicier than average dredge. Order it with a side of greens and pie.

4101 Third St.
Detroit, MI

8. Yum Village

6500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

This laid-back, counter service restaurant in New Center incorporates West African flavors into its fried chicken recipe. The peanut-based suya dry rub gives the extra crispy skin a slightly spicy flavor while leaving the interior superbly tender. The chicken is served with a sweet pepper salad or occasionally over waffles.

6500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

9. Ms. E-Vee’s Soul Food

20880 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI 48021

This East Side soul food establishment serves up some of the freshest, well-spiced fried chicken around. Orders are paired with a few of the restaurant’s wide selection of sides including black eyed peas, candied yams, and banana pudding.

20880 Gratiot Ave
Eastpointe, MI 48021

10. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI

A visit to this historic northwest Detroit jazz club is a special event that combines live music with piping hot, flavorful plates of fried chicken. The bone-in chicken is piled high on platters with sides like collard greens and black eyed peas. On a weekend this Livernois hotspot often requires reservations. The hot terrine of peach cobbler is also a must-try dessert.

20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI

11. Beans & Cornbread

29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034
Beans & Cornbread [Official photo]

Southfield’s staple Beans & Cornbread specializes in Southern food with options like collard greens, salmon croquettes, and a stellar fried chicken recipe. Get the plate of chicken with sides such as macaroni and cheese or spring for the Belgian waffle.

29508 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034

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