Kentucky April 18, 2017
The Ultimate Fried Chicken Bucket List In Kentucky You’ve Been Waiting For
Kentucky knows fried chicken. In fact, many would say this finger-licking delicacy was created in the Bluegrass State, thanks to Colonel Sanders and Lee Cummings. Whether this is true or not, one thing we know to be fact is that Kentucky serves up the crispiest, juiciest recipes you’ll find anywhere else. If you ask a Kentuckian where to get the best fried chicken, you’ll surely get many different answers. So, here it is – the list you’ve been waiting for. Add it to your bookmarks and start planning the ultimate Fried Chicken Bucket List in Kentucky.
1. Greyhound Tavern - 2500 Dixie Hwy
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017
Greyhound Tavern's famous fried chicken is on so many "best of" lists, it's hard to keep track. Enjoy their classic take on this southern speciality on a Monday or Tuesday for Family-Style Fried Chicken night or any other day of the week!
2. Bangie's Cafe - 2036 Madison St. Henderson, KY 42420
Bangie's Cafe - formerly Bon Ton Mini Mart - had big shoes to fill when it replaced this local favorite. But its homestyle menu and made-to-order fried chicken all deliver in a tasty way.
3. Colonial Cottage - 3140 Dixie Hwy
Erlanger, KY 41018
Open since 1933, Colonial Cottage has been serving up the best fried chicken to the community ever since. This Erlanger landmark is family-owned, award-winning and absolutely delicious.
4. Sander's Cafe - 688 US Highway 25 W. Corbin, KY 40701
It just wouldn't be right to make a list about fried chicken in Kentucky without including KFC. Love it or hate it (although most seem to love it), it's a Kentucky claim to fame and this original location is the ideal spot to enjoy a bite of Original Recipe.
5. Beaumont Inn -
638 Beaumont Inn Drive
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Step back in time and enjoy Beaumont Inn's famous yellow-legged fried chicken. This charming inn is open for dining daily, but make a reservation for brunch to try a little of everything. Or better yet, stay a few nights and enjoy many nearby Kentucky attractions - and a few fried chicken meals.
6. Joe's Drive-In Chicken - 85 Highway 1148
Isom, KY 41826
The residents of Isom, Kentucky already know this, but their Joe's Drive-In has some of the best fried chicken you'll find in the entire state. Crispy, moist and definitely worth a stop at this friendly chicken joint.
7. Parkette Drive In -
1230 E New Circle Rd.
Lexington, KY 40505
If you want amazing fried chicken with a side of retro flair, try Parkette in Lexington. It's a fun atmosphere and the chicken with a slice of pie is the perfect Kentucky meal.
8. Harvest - 624 E Market St. Louisville, KY 40202
Harvest in Louisville is serving up what may be the freshest fried chicken in the state. This farm-to-table eatery serves buttermilk soaked chicken with classic country braised greens and mashed potatoes. Oh, and fresh, homemade gravy on top.
9. Ramsey's Diner - Multiple Locations in Lexington
At Ramsey's the side choices almost outshine the chicken. Almost. Their "Meat and Three" menu option is very popular and for good reason. The fried chicken is homemade, crispy, fresh and together with the sides makes a stellar meal.
10. Merrick Inn - 1074 Merrick Dr. Lexington, KY 40502
Merrick Inn gains its spot as many claim it is the best fried chicken in Lexington. This local establishment is known for its consistently delicious chicken, good service and country home feel.
11. Shirley Mae's Cafe - 802 S. Clay St. Louisville, KY 40203
Allow Shirley Mae to welcome you into her kitchen and share a meal at this charming cafe. Her fried chicken wings are made to order and everything on her menu is handmade with love and careful attention. Dining at Shirley Mae's is a slice of soul food heaven in possibly the warmest atmosphere in Kentucky.
12. World Chicken Festival - London, KY
If this list hasn't satisfied your appetite, then plan to head to the mecca of fried chicken in London, Kentucky. September 21st-24th, the town will host the 24th annual World Chicken Festival, one of the state's largest festivals celebrating what else but fried chicken.
Should I pass you a napkin? Fried chicken is a southern staple and Kentucky does it right. How many of these favorites have you tried? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!