The Ten Best Restaurants in Denver for Fried Chicken

Bird is the word at these top chicken shacks.
Bird is the word at these top chicken shacks.
Danielle Lirette

The South is rising again — at least in Denver, where Southern cooking is spreading like a pool of gravy across the metro area. And what would a good Southern spread be without a platter of crunchy fried chicken still steaming from a bath in hot oil? We don't know which trend hit the city first, the fried chicken or the deviled egg, but we know there's never been a better time to cross the road for some good bird. From old-school classics to hot newcomers, here's our list — in alphabetical order with last year's winner in the number-one slot — of the the ten best joints for fried chicken. Our only rule: the best is bone-in — otherwise its just fraud chicken.

The secret is in the pressure-frying.
The secret is in the pressure-frying.
Danielle Lirette

10. Block and Larder
4000 Tennyson Street
303-433-4063

Block & Larder may be known more for chops than chicken, but the pressure-fried bird at this Tennyson Street butcher-based eatery is pretty cluckin' good. The crust is thin, light and loaded with herbs that add fresh flavor to the juicy meat beneath. House pickles and spicy pecan syrup give a little something extra for your tongue to think about.

Don't adjust the color on your screen; the waffle is really that red.EXPAND
Don't adjust the color on your screen; the waffle is really that red.
Mark Antonation

9. CoraFaye's Cafe
16251 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
303-333-5551
If you think Denver has no soul, you haven't been to CoraFaye's, where daily specials like pig-ear sandwiches and neckbones with gravy keep regulars coming back. Fried chicken's on the menu every day, with or without the crimson-colored waffle. The flaky coating is applied lightly, making the tender flesh the star of the plate.

Korean fried chicken, with sauce.EXPAND
Korean fried chicken, with sauce.
Mark Antonation

8. Funny Plus
2779 South Parker Road, Aurora
303-745-3477

Aurora is home to a growing range of Korean eateries, including Funny Plus, which specializes in shareable platters of drinking food. A pile of thick-battered bird is the perfect choice to accompany Korean lager or sneaky-strong soju. The regular style tickles the tongue with flecks of spice in the crust, but go for the spicy — if you're not Chicken Little.

Chicken, collards and cold beer — hard to beat.EXPAND
Chicken, collards and cold beer — hard to beat.
Mark Antonation

7. Jezebel's Southern Bistro  & Bar
3301 Tejon Street
303-433-3060

Wanda James and Scott Durrah have been the sparkling Southern lights of LoDo since 2012, when they opened Jezebel's in the Squeaky Bean's original home at West 33rd Avenue and Tejon Street. Audibly crunchy fried chicken — on Belgian-style waffles or as a platter with tangy collards and mashed potatoes — is a beacon for lovers of downhome cooking, and here it's done gluten-free, yielding a dark crust like burnished walnut.

At Lou's you can get regular or Nashville hot chicken.EXPAND
At Lou's you can get regular or Nashville hot chicken.
Mark Antonation

6. Lou's Food Bar
1851 West 38th Avenue
303-458-0336

Frank Bonanno was the first to bring Nashville hot chicken to Denver, serving up a messy but mouthwatering version at his Sunnyside eatery that relies on flame-red chile oil for it heat. But if mild's your thing, fear not — the kitchen serves up the bird naked, medium or hot. And on Tuesday nights, twenty bucks will land you a half-chicken, two sides, a cookie bar and a Bud or Bud Light — just in case you need to quench the fire.

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