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Discover the Best Fried Chicken in Atlanta

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated January 24, 2020

Known as the commercial and financial hub of the Southeast, Atlanta has evolved into a "foodie city" in more recent years. Beloved foods include dishes made with local Georgia peaches, pecans, corn and seafood, as well as one of the region's most popular foods, fried chicken. They say 6% of Americans eat fried chicken every day, especially in a place like Atlanta. Here, restaurants serve some of the best fried chicken recipes in all of the South, from whole fried to Korean-style. But where are the savviest diners eating out? Look no further than the Tastemaker 20. We've collected data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Reserve a table and enjoy the best fried chicken in Atlanta today!

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4.7
4.7 (3161)
$31 to $50
Southern
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Known as Buckhead's best modern Southern restaurant, this establishment serves sophisticated, seasonal cuisine. Offering weekday lunch and weekend brunch, as well as nightly dinner and group dining events. The interior space offers a combination of rustic and modern decor, as well as cozy wrap-around bar. Diners can start off their meal with their beloved smoked pork belly or jumbo lump crab cake, followed by their famous fried green tomatoes dish, served with goat cheese and red pepper coulis. Other Southern specialities include their Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken, served with potatoes, greens, and a honey-thyme jus; as well as their pan-roasted redfish.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great service and food. I would eat there everyday if it was near my home.
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4.8
4.8 (3455)
$30 and under
American
Roswell
About the restaurant
Table & Main is a Southern tavern, known for its quaint setting, seasonal Southern specialities, bourbon bar, and garden patio. Featured in countless articles, online journals, and magazines, Table & Main is located in a restored cottage, featuring wood floors, brick accent walls, and a vibrant porch patio. Here, foodies are delighted by the variety of dishes available, including their cornbread muffins, rabbit and dumplings, fried catfish with whisky tartar, and their famous fried chicken. Vegetarian dishes are also available.
Top review
AnitaR
Dined 5 days ago
Service is so nice, food is always delicious (since we visited for the first time the year it opened!)
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4.6
4.6 (2965)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Inman Park
About the restaurant
The place-to-be for seafood lovers, as well as those that enjoy everything from Korean-style chicken to Mexican corn, Beetle cat is as fun and quirky as they come. The space itself is decorated in a manner that is reminiscent of someone's basement in the 1970s, featuring wood paneling, funky trinkets, lava lamps, and so much more. Although the atmosphere is laid-back, their menu is anything but. Serious about the food they serve, diners can indulge in their whole branzino dish, crab fried rice, sweet curry shrimp, and of course, their twice fried chicken, served with sesame buttermilk dressing and chili sauce.
Top review
REW4vip
Dined 2 days ago
When I lived here this was a favorite. Food is always 100%. Service, primarily the bar, is spotty. But it’s been that way for years. I was happy to be back.
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4.7
4.7 (1109)
$30 and under
Southern
Sandy Springs
About the restaurant
Located a mile from Chastain Park, Southern Bistro aims to serve southern-inspired food in a friendly, simplistic atmosphere. This comfortable neighborhood establishment serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, offering a wide range of sandwiches, entrees, and daily specials. Although their tomahawk pork chop and rainbow trout dishes are a hit, their Springer Mountain fried chicken is always a crowd-pleaser. Served with their house-made bistro mac and cheese, green beans, cucumber-dill salad, and chicken gravy, it's every chicken lovers dream.
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scooter
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Meal was very good. Service was very good. This is a great neighborhood restaurant that never fails to please.
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4.7
4.7 (866)
$30 and under
Mexican
Virginia Highland
About the restaurant
When it comes to tapas, tacos, handcrafted cocktails, and a funky Spanish vibe, Bar.bacoa is the place-to-be. Featuring local artwork throughout, vibrant textiles, and a covered patio, this is a great spot to kick-back after work, enjoy date night, or catch up with the girls. Tapas include everything from Mexican street corn to back-wrapped dates, pork carnitas to ceviche. Their fried chicken dish is served with a chipotle mash, alongside an ancho-chile sauce. Fancy fried chicken in a taco instead? Their "trailer park" taco is topped with house queso, shredded lettuce, and pice de gallo. For vegetarians, their buffalo cauliflowers and tempura fried avocado tacos are a must.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Great food, great value, great service and amazing ambiance! Highly recommend the balcony!
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4.7
4.7 (2758)
$31 to $50
Southern
Vinings
About the restaurant
This quaint restaurant serves seasonal Southern cuisine, set in an 1880s cottage. Offering guests a lively upstairs bar and outdoor patio, Old Vinings Inn is known for their hearty menu and live music. During brunch and dinner service, their buttermilk fried chicken with white cheddar grits, collards, and a thyme gravy is available, as well as a number of other traditional favorites. After dinner, head up to the attic bar to enjoy a cocktail or speciality coffee. There's also fried chicken tenders on their bar menu, as well as candied bacon, for those who get hungry as the night rolls on.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
The staff were friendly, professional, helpful with the menu and just down right pleasantly comfortable to be around. It made for an experience that will be remembered and discussed with others. Lauren our waitress and the manager all helped make the experience memorable.
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4.7
4.7 (2731)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Nothing says "fried chicken" quite like The Southern Gentleman. This bright, classy eatery features a light blue wrap-around bar, highlighted by over a dozen hanging light fixtures. While The Southern Gentleman certainly boasts an impressive bar and cocktail menu, it is their food that attracts the masses. During brunch, their buttermilk fried chicken and skillet pancake, served with house-cured candied bacon and a bourbon pecan syrup is certainly something to write home about. For supper, their fried chicken recipe is served with classic sides, including mac 'n cheese, braised greens, and a biscuit.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
A little pricey, but they do not skimp on portion sizes. There is real care that goes into all the food, drinks, and service.
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