When we crave fried chicken we want crisp, crunchy skin hugging tender, juicy meat. We've eaten plenty of fried chicken across the country, but these stand out as the 12 places to pull the car over for. These are the bites we're still thinking about—this is the fried chicken of the gods.
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McHardy's Chicken & Fixin: New Orleans, LA »
Bailey and Catoe: Nashville, TN »
Izola's: Chicago, IL »
Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken: New York, NY »
Babe's Chicken Dinner House: Roanoke, TX »
Barbecue Inn: Houston, TX »
Strouds: Kansas City, MO »
Willie Mae's Scotch House: New Orleans, LA »
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken: Mason and Memphis, TN »
Frenchy's Chicken: Houston, TX »
Price's Chicken Coop: Charlotte, NC »
Colonnade: Atlanta, GA »