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6 fried chicken superlatives

We created a finger-licking good round up with some of the best fried chicken in the City of Oaks.

A plate of fried chicken, collard greens, and lima beans.

Bonus: The Mecca serves tasty southern sides to pair with your fried chicken.

We’ve put together a list of six fantastic fried chicken spots in Raleigh that are worth getting your hands greasy for. From the best hot chicken sando to crispy Korean wings, here are our picks.

Old-school fried chicken

The Mecca Restaurant | 13 E. Martin St., Raleigh | This downtown diner has been frying up chicken and other southern fare since the 1930s. Try this: The southern-style half fried chicken served with two sides.

Crunchiest fried chicken

Soo Café | 2815 Brentwood Rd., Raleigh | This Korean cafe offers a large variety of crispy fried chicken combinations like the Combo A Supreme — it’s one drumstick and four wings coated with soga sauce.

Chicken and waffles

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey | 237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh | Try Ashley Christensen’s fried chicken and waffles... you won’t be disappointed. Pro tip: Folks line up before opening on Sundays, so arrive early.

A table of fried chicken, sweet tea, and biscuits and gravy.

If you don’t like chicken and waffles, try the classic fried chicken at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey. | Photo by RALtoday

Hot chicken sandwich

Iyla’s Southern Kitchen | Morgan Street Food Hall, 411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh | The Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich with homemade ranch and house pickles really brings the heat.

Chicken biscuit

Mandolin | 2519 Fairview Rd., Raleigh | Get your brunch on with the elevated fried chicken biscuit with house-made pickles and a side of home fries.

Chicken on a patio

Humble Pie | 317 S. Harrington St., Raleigh | Bring your friends to this tapas spot and order the buttermilk fried chicken topped with chipotle honey, sesame, and rosemary for the table.

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