Philly's Fried Chicken & Sandwich Guide

 Philly's Fried Chicken & Sandwich Guide

Philly's Fried Chicken & Sandwich Guide

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Best City Chicken PhillyPhiladelphia, PA - Historically, Philadelphia has been associated with long roll lunches—cheesesteaks and hoagies and roast pork—but these days, there’s another sandwich crowing for attention: fried chicken. And Philly-area kitchens are turning out this sandwich in all forms: with hot sauce and blue cheese, melted cheese and aioli, slaw and pickles and loads of other variations. Here are a few of the zestiest versions currently ruling the roost:

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  • The Nashville hot buns at Midtown Village’s retro Bud & Marilyn’s might easily be called fried chicken sliders. Ranch dressing, slaw and pickles balance out the hot sauce buzz for an addictively flavorful first course. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220,
  • N’awlins-leaning Catahoula Bar & Restaurant goes north for chicken sandwich inspiration. The Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken features blue cheese, house buffalo sauce, and basil buttermilk dressing. 775 S. Front Street, (215) 271-9300,
  • The winning formula at Northern Liberties’ El Camino Real starts with Martin’s seeded bun. Layers of Bibb lettuce, pickles, mayo and tender buttermilk-fried chicken combine for a result of deliciousness. 1040 N. 2nd Street, (215) 925-1110,
  • Devised for Spruce Street Harbor Park’s summer season, Federal Donuts’ signature sandwich with buttermilk ranch-spiced chicken, American cheese, dill pickles and spicy Rooster Sauce on Martin’s potato roll ignited a full-blown craze. Now, the shop’s outposts around the city can’t seem to make enough to sate demand. 1632 Sansom Street, (215) 665-1101; 1219 S. 2nd Street, (267) 687-8258, 701 N. 7th Street, (267) 928-3893; 3428 Sansom Street, (267) 275-8489,
  • Some chicken sandwich cravers want to hold the chicken, and for them, HipCityVeg provides the perfect solution. The Crispy HipCity Ranch swaps in a battered meatless substitute, along with peppercorn ranch dressing and even an option to make the whole shebang Buffalo-style. 127 S. 18th Street, (215) 278-7605; 214 S. 40th Street, (267) 244-4342,
  • Khyber Pass Pub does its po’boy two ways: The fried chicken comes in both vegan and carnivorous incarnations. Either way, it’s dressed in creole mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a New Orleans-born Leidenheimer roll. 56 S. 2nd Street, (215) 238-5888,
  • Crispy chicken, bacon, tomato, and guacamole come together harmoniously at North 3rd. The Northern Liberties gastropub serves its memorable concoction with expertly made fries.
    801 N. 3rd Street, (215) 413-3666,
  • Adding its spin to the genre, South Philly bruncherie Porto turns out Yo Cuz—chicken between two cheddar waffles. Also tucked inside: bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and an intriguing jalapeño maple yogurt butter glaze. 1301 S. 11th Street, (267) 928-3956
  • When Shake Shack veers away from its burger and dog formula, it’s for a good reason. The Chicken Shack combines a crispy chicken breast with lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo on a soft potato bun. 2000 Sansom Street, (215) 809-1742; 3200 Chestnut Street, (267) 338-3464; 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, (267) 428-7560,
  • Fried chicken comes in many forms at The Twisted Tail, including the sandwich crowning the lunch menu. Toasted ciabatta sets the stage for buttermilk-soaked chicken topped with melted Cabot cheddar. 509 S. 2nd Street, (215) 558-2471,
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  • Every gastropub needs a reputable sandwich, and Brick & Brew Pub in Havertown, Delaware County goes the extra mile. A buttermilk fried chicken sandwich gets gussied up with vinegar slaw and garlic-chili aioli. 2138 Darby Road, Havertown, (484) 455-7250,
  • The reverent Southern Cross Kitchen chicken sandwich sticks to the simplicity of the classic. Of course, buttermilk-fried chicken breast, pickles, and mayo hardly need adornment. 8 E. 1st Avenue, Conshohocken, (484) 344-5668,
  • When an eatery specializes in fried chicken, as West Philly’s Wishbone does, the possibilities for sandwich combos are limitless. They range from The Southern (coleslaw, pickles and tomato marmalade) to The Cordon Bleu (chorizo, Swiss cheese, and honey mustard) to The Dirty Bird (chili, barbecue sauce, pickled jalapeño and provolone). 4034 Walnut Street, (215) 921-3204,

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