The Ten Best Places for Fried Chicken in Metro Denver — 2016 Edition
The Post with the most.
The Post Brewing Co.
105 West Emma Street, Lafayette
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.
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 Family Restaurant
9701 Federal Boulevard, Westminster
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
White Fence Farm
6263 West Jewell Avenue, Lakewood
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.
Welton Street Cafe
2736 Welton Street
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.
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