Chicken, chicken, chicken what combo you pickin'?! Everybody loves fried chicken and if you don't, then you're probably a vegan. Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, and the best fried chicken in Texas is so good, it's like biting into a
drumstick of heaven.
The perfect piece of chicken must be seasoned accordingly and juicy and tender. From Nashville-style hot chicken to classic southern fried chicken, here's our countdown of the 10 places you can find the best fried chicken in Texas.
Don't forget the comfort food fixin's! Nothing goes better with delicious fried chicken more than mashed potatoes, collard greens, and Texas toast.
10. Underwood's Cafeteria in Brownwood
When 'the middle of nowhere' is mentioned, Brownwood may come to mind, but don't let the lack of city life deter you from this wonderful chicken.
It's a delicious barbecue restaurant that serves up a nice fried yardbird.
9. Top Notch in Austin
The name says it all, this fried chicken is reliably delicious every single time you go to the fun 1970s location. Since 1971, they've been serving up their classic fried chicken combo to customers and in a city with such a thriving food culture, that is all you need to know.
8. Mr. and Mrs. G's Home Cooking in San Antonio
This is where you'll find true soul food and down home cooking. The owners' roots come from good food and it shows in the love tasted in every bite.
Their crispy fried chicken is a San Antonio favorite eatery and goes great with their homemade sides and pies.
7. Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Roanake
Found in central and north Texas, Babe's Chicken House specializes in family-style dining. Come in with a group and enjoy the fellowship around a table of greatness. Make sure to grab a few buttermilk biscuits at this fried chicken joint!
6. Dolli's Diner in Nacogdoches
At Dolli's Diner, the Chicken Fried Chicken is by far one of the best in the Lone Star State. Dolli's is a secret gem in a historic building in Nacogdoches that has such a bright and friendly atmosphere every time you dine in. Enjoy brunch here with a big fried chicken breast on top of fluffy waffles.
5. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
It's called world-famous for a reason! Located in Austin and Dallas, this fried chicken restaurant serves it up Tennessee-style with baked beans, coleslaw, and a piece of white bread. Order a helping of fried okra for a side! Thanks Gus!
4. #1 Chicken Rice & Seafood in Houston
#1 Chicken Rice and Seafood is a Third Ward staple of Houston. They serve the chicken with fried rice or fries, and the fried rice is not something to shy away from.
They also serve homemade pies. Cash is king here, so be sure to hit the ATM before you are sent away. You'll fall in love with their quick, easy and fresh chicken right at your fingertips.
3. Rudy's Chicken in Dallas
This chicken so good, the city of Dallas gave them almost a million dollars to build a new location with a dual drive-thru. It was a great suggestion, but the line still wraps around the corner.
At least you know it will be fresh, you just have to wait for it.
2. Max's Wine Dive
Originally an airline pilot, Founder Jerry Lasco decided to hang his wings and open a restaurant after the 9/11 attacks. Known for its outstanding wine list and fried chicken, its comfort food, elevated.
1. Frenchy's Chicken in Houston
This is the best fried chicken in Texas, hands down. Frenchy's comes out on top because of their tender, juicy chicken, and the immaculate seasoning applied to it.
When in Houston make sure you go to the original location off Scott Street. They have locations elsewhere, but this is where the magic first began. I usually get the King Special. I suggest you do the same.
If you feel there is a chicken spot that should be on the list, let us know!
This article was originally published on June 6, 2018.