OCTOBER: Wyatt Williams writes of Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken in downtown Atlanta, "The fried chicken here is a necessity. A notch in your culinary life will go unfilled if you do not taste it." Read the full review here. Pictured: Half Chicken Plate with baked beans, slaw and white bread. (Becky Stein Photography)
Photo: Becky Stein
Photo: Becky Stein

Best fried chicken in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Fried chicken is serious business, folks. With almost 11,000 votes in, we have a new Best of Atlanta champion to present to the world. At 39% of the votes, Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken flew to the top of the coop. Known for its hot and spicy recipe, this family of restaurants is slowly dominating the fried chicken scene with each new city in which it opens. Bite into over 60 years of perfection at their Intown location. 

Seconds is a good thing when it comes to fried chicken. That's why second place goes to none other than Mary Mac's Tea Room. In March of 2011, The Georgia House of Representatives created Resolution 477, in which Mary Mac’s was officially declared to be Atlanta's Dining Room. That's no small potatoes. They've been serving up some of Atlanta's best fried chicken for over 70 years. Tried and true, you'll be back often for more.

Are you full yet? If not, then head over to our third place finalist at South City Kitchen Vinings for a healthy serving of their buttermilk fried chicken. We suggest a pairing of their creamy banana pudding along with a local draft beer to wash it all down. 

Fried chicken is a southern delicacy taken very seriously by anyone whose ever crunched into the perfect juicy bite. You don't want to miss out on any of our official nominee's offerings: Table & Main (North Fulton), Corner Stop Cafe (Gwinnett), Paschal's (Intown), Busy Bee Cafe (Intown) and The General Muir (DeKalb). 

Warm up your taste buds by sampling this dish around town no matter what day of the week.

The search is over because we know where you can find five spots where fried chicken rules the roost. If you need a chicken fix every day, here's how to have 7 days of fried chicken.

This dish is best served up with some delicious sides, especially in cornbread country

What restaurant was previously named the fried chicken king? They will always be a winner in our book. 

Read about our other Best of Atlanta winners and nominees here. 

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