The Ten Best Places for Fried Chicken in Metro Denver — 2016 Edition

The Post with the most.
The Post with the most.
Danielle Lirette

The Post Brewing Co.
105 West Emma Street, Lafayette
303-593-2066

Jamey Fader, culinary director of Big Red F, admits to getting "geeky on chicken," traveling around the country and coming home with a spreadsheet of variables — brines, flours, etc. — for testing recipes, until he and chef-partner Brett Smith and Big Red F founder Dave Query hit upon the winning combination for the place they opened in 2014 in a former VFW post. The result: chicken that's consistently moist, with a shell that gets its addictiveness from buttermilk, gluten-free seasoned flour, and a resting period that allows the coating to lose moisture so it fries up extra-crisp. Big Red F also runs a year-old Longmont outpost called the Post Chicken and Beer (it recently changed its name from Goodbird Chicken) with the same great recipes, and an upcoming station at 2200 South Broadway in Denver is scheduled for a January opening.

Good gravy, that's some good fried chicken.EXPAND
Good gravy, that's some good fried chicken.
Danielle Lirette

Steuben's
523 East 17th Avenue, 303-830-1001
7355 Ralston Road, Arvada, 303-830-0096

Steuben's specializes in the best food from nearly every region of America, so of course fried chicken is on the menu. And not just any fried chicken: Steuben's gives the same attention to its lightly coated fowl as it does to dead-on gravy fries, green-chile cheeseburgers and lobster rolls. An order of the peppery bird comes with mashed potatoes, a biscuit and gravy — because that's just the way it's done, at both the original Steuben's uptown and the newer Arvada eatery.

Wishbone has been frying chicken in Denver since 1963.
Wishbone has been frying chicken in Denver since 1963.
Lindsey Bartlett

Wishbone Family Restaurant
9701 Federal Boulevard, Westminster
303-465-6204

If old-fashioned fried chicken is your thing, look no further than the Wishbone; even its "new" location has been around since 1994, and the original Wishbone (at 1630 Federal Boulevard, now long gone) started serving fried chicken in 1963. Simplicity is the key to this family restaurant's recipe. The batter is lightly seasoned and equally lightly applied, so that only a thin, crispy coating stands between your tastebuds and the juicy, flavorful chicken beneath. It's the closest you'll come to homemade without calling up Grandma to have her get a batch started.

White Fence Farm is as American as red, white and blue.
White Fence Farm is as American as red, white and blue.
White Fence Farm

White Fence Farm
6263 West Jewell Avenue, Lakewood
303-935-5945

Talk about farm to table: This west Denver classic puts your table right on the farm, with views of Henny Penny strutting around the grounds outside — and then served perfectly fried on your plate. Like Casa Bonita, the Farm has become a rite of passage for natives and newcomers alike; the chicken here will always have a place in our hearts and bellies. But since you can't keep ’em down on the farm, White Fence's famous chicken has gone fast-casual, with locations in Green Valley Ranch and Westminster, and at a brand-new Capitol Hill branch, too.

The Welton Street Cafe has your back — and your, breast, wing and thigh too.EXPAND
The Welton Street Cafe has your back — and your, breast, wing and thigh too.
Westword

Welton Street Cafe
2736 Welton Street
303-296-6602

With so many changes in Five Points, people may think the sky is falling, but the Welton Street Cafe still has your back — and your wings, thighs and breasts, too. This is a homestyle fry, so make sure you have time to sit back with a newspaper or good company while you wait for the cafe's light and crispy chicken served single file atop slices of white bread. This soul-food standby offers all the classic sides, too, so you won't be getting out of here without loosening your belt a notch or two.


Use Current Location

Related Locations

miles
Block & Larder

4000 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212

303-433-4063

www.blockandlarder.com

miles
CoraFaye's Cafe

16251 E. Colfax Ave.
Aurora, CO 80011

303-333-5551

corafayes.com

miles
Funny Plus

2779 S. Parker Rd.
Aurora, Colorado 80014

303-745-3477

miles
Lou's Food Bar - Closed

1851 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

303-458-0336

www.lousfoodbar.com

miles
Steuben's Food Service

523 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

303-830-1001

www.steubens.com

miles
Welton Street Cafe
miles
Work & Class

2500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-292-0700

workandclassdenver.com

miles
The Post Brewing Co.

105 W. Emma St.
Lafayette, CO 80026

303-593-2066

www.postbrewing.com

miles
White Fence Farm

6263 W. Jewell Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80232

303-935-5945

whitefencefarmco.com

miles
Wishbone Family Restaurant

9701 Federal Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80260

303-465-6204

www.wishbonerestaurant.com

miles
Castle Cafe

403 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104

303-814-2233

www.castlecafe.com

miles
Grind Kitchen + Watering Hole

300 Fillmore St.
Denver, Colorado 80206

720-749-4158

grinddenver.com


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >