Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in Atlanta with free chicken and recipes

Today, July 6, marks National Fried Chicken Day, and while it hasn't been deemed a state holiday like we think it should be, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate.

Deals:

  • Southern Art and Bourbon Bar is celebrating all week. Guests who dine-in today during either lunch or dinner will get a complimentary basket of chef Art Smith’s signature buttermilk fried chicken.

Also beginning today and running through Sunday, July 10, guests can make their own fried chicken by choosing from a variety of batter flavors including chipotle and lemon pepper, a sauce and two sides. On Thursday, July 7, chef de cuisine Tonya Morris will teach a fried chicken cooking class from 11 a.m. to noon for $35, and from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, fried chicken and waffle corn dogs and family style fried chicken will be on the menu.

Southern Art, 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-946-9070, southernart.com/

  • Participating Church's Fried Chicken is offering three legs, three thighs, one wing and one breast for $6.99 today only.

Various locations, www.churchs.com/

Where to eat

  • What a lovely coincidence -- Watershed's Fried Chicken Wednesday just happens to coincide with Fried Chicken Day. Enjoy the restaurant's beloved fried bird for lunch or dinner today.

Watershed, 1820 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-809-3561, watershedrestaurant.com/

One Eared Stag, 1029 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 404-525-4479, oneearedstagatl.com

GA Chapter Room, 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-941-1503, www.gachapterroom.com.

Revival, 129 Church St., Decatur. 470-225-6770, revivaldecatur.com .

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, 231 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-996-2837, gusfriedchicken.com/atlanta-georgia-location/

What to make

Check out a foolproof method for crunchy, golden chicken breast

Check out this cookbook for perfect fried chicken recipes

Check out this recipe for spicy fried chicken

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