The Best Fried Chicken in Alexandria
In honor of National Fried Chicken Day (July 6), we’ve rounded up the best fried chicken in Alexandria. Whether you want fried chicken for breakfast, a late night snack or anytime in between, we’ve got you covered with the best spots in town to get your fried chicken fix.
In Old Town
480 King Street
Janel is a huge fan of Jackson 20’s buttermilk fried chicken in Alexandria. Served with with an apple cider coleslaw, it is found on the lunch and bar menus at this lively spot inside the Alexandrian Hotel in the heart of Old Town. Be sure to try one of Jackson 20 creative cocktails along with your fried chicken, such as the summery Jackson 20 Gin & Tonic made with Bombay East Gin, house made tonic with hints of herbs, pear, lime, and grapefruit. Yum!
109 South St Asaph Street
Visit Alexandria’s historic Columbia Firehouse on a Sunday or Monday for its fried chicken special – a generous entree of fried chicken with jalapeño biscuits, coleslaw, and honey hot sauce. At lunch, try the Fried Chicken Sandwich with smoked blue cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato (a slider version is also available on its bar menu). Be sure to visit for brunch for Columbia Firehouse’s take on Chicken and Waffles, made with a cornmeal waffle, fried chicken thighs, maple syrup, and bacon jam. Yes, please!
801 King Street
New to Old Town is Hen Quarter, the perfect place for down home, authentic Southern cuisine which means, of course, fried chicken! Try the Hen Quarter Special, two pieces of southern fried chicken, served with collard greens and “smashed” potatoes. HQ’s Chicken & Waffles is comprised of HQ chicken, a cheddar and corn waffle, compressed melon, honey pearl butter, and Tennessee bourbon maple syrup. Want something a bit lighter? The Hen House Salad offers the fried chicken on a bed of field greens, ruby red grapes, and watermelon.
608 Montgomery Street
Felicia loves the Southern Fried Chicken at TJ Stone’s. This entree is served with country gravy, smoked onion mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans. Or try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Skewers appetizer, served with honey mustard sauce. Craving chicken for breakfast? No problem! Try TJ Stone’s “THE Breakfast Sandwich” of fried chicken breast, topped with melted pepper jack cheese, fried egg, and bacon on toasted brioche bread.
Elsewhere in Alexandria
10 East Glebe Road
Also new to Alexandria, Northside 10 has joined the local fried chicken in Alexandria scene. Check out Northside 10 for happy hour every weekday between 3-7pm and sample its southern breaded chicken strip appetizer, served with a flavor-packed remoulade sauce. Also available are creative cocktails like the “Northside Breeze” (Deep Eddy Ruby Red, cranberry juice orange, and a splash of Prosecco) and the “Old Greg’s Rootbeer” (Makers Mark bourbon, root beer liquor, and vanilla bitters). Staying for dinner? Check out the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with bacon and a blue cheese coleslaw.
2309 Mount Vernon Avenue
Known for its delectable buttermilk biscuits, Del Ray’s Stomping Ground takes them one step further by adding fried chicken. Try the classic Fried Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and house pickles or the “Not So Classic” with benne seed tahini, our hot sauce, honey, red onion, and za’atar. Be sure to add a side of the Anson Mills Gouda Grits or spicy house sausage.
Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Avenue
Visit Evening Star for weekend brunch for its take on Chicken & Waffles, with bourbon maple syrup and a bacon fresno chili sauce. For sandwich lovers, Evening Star’s fried chicken sandwich interpretation, with a fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, pickles, and hot sauce, is truly divine. Wash it down with the “Smoked Old Fashioned” with house smoked Maker’s Mark and maple syrup.
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