Seven Best Fried Chicken Joints in Metro Phoenix

Mrs. White's makes the most famous fried chicken in the Valley.
Mrs. White's makes the most famous fried chicken in the Valley.
Lauren Saria

You might not realize it, but we bet you could go for a plate of fried chicken right now. It's true. We know because it's impossible (for most of us) not to enjoy a well-prepared plate of fried chicken. There's something deeply satisfying about picking up a piece of crispy meat that's covered in a crunchy, salty batter. Maybe it's the combination of grease and meat and eating with your hands, but the bottom line is that good fried chicken is always good.

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

Hands down, Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe is where you'll find a plate of Phoenix's most famous fried chicken. It's even been featured on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate and once you try it, it's easy to understand why. In case you aren't familiar, know that Mrs. White's (named for owner and founder Mrs. Elizabeth White) has been serving classic soul food in downtown Phoenix since 1964. And not much about the place has changed since then. When it comes to fried chicken, you can pick either dark or white meat, but either way you'll get succulent chicken covered in a simple, lightly seasoned batter. For sides, we suggest the macaroni and cheese.

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Phoenix Public Market Cafe

You might think of Phoenix Public Market Cafe as a destination for healthy-ish eats like salads and light sandwiches — and it is. But don't let that fact deter you from ordering the fried chicken. The dinner specialty, available only after 5 p.m., is one of best fried chicken dishes we've had in town and comes with three well-sized pieces of chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and a kale salad. Chef Aaron Chamberlin's fried chicken features a salty, light, and crispy batter than falls off the moist chicken meat as you bite in. You'll want to pick up the extra bit and eat them on their own or with a bite of the irresistible mashed potatoes for a nice juxtaposition of textures.

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Bobby Q

Venture out to Bobby Q in northwest Phoenix and you'll find a little piece of often-forgotten Valley history. This eclectically decorated restaurant comes courtesy of restaurateur Bob Sikora (you may remember him from long-gone spots such as Bobby McGee's, Mr. Lucky 's, or Mabel Murphy's) and serves a unique brand of barbecue inspired by Sikora's travels. The brisket and ribs are some of our favorites, but when we don't feel like smoked meats we get the Southern Fried Chicken. Bobby Q's version of the dish comes drenched in a rich country gravy and served with a side of mashed potatoes. It's the kind of country classic that delivers instant comfort — and food coma.

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