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The Best Fried Chicken in Chicagoland?
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  • Post #31 - August 13th, 2007, 6:48 pm
    Post #31 - August 13th, 2007, 6:48 pm Post #31 - August 13th, 2007, 6:48 pm
    Has anyone tried the Harold's on Cicero Ave., south of Chicago Ave.? I'm looking for something on the west side or near west suburbs?
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #32 - August 24th, 2007, 1:35 pm
    Post #32 - August 24th, 2007, 1:35 pm Post #32 - August 24th, 2007, 1:35 pm
    I would like to put in a vote for Evanston Chicken Shack. Went there today and it was awesome. The chicken was so crispy and juicy. I went to Harold's #44 yesterday and it was good, but this is better. I wish I had a camera. Plus, the fries are crinkly and well seasoned. I will have to try more places on your list but as for now, ECS rules.
    Sal G
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  • Post #33 - August 24th, 2007, 1:44 pm
    Post #33 - August 24th, 2007, 1:44 pm Post #33 - August 24th, 2007, 1:44 pm
    Terrasini wrote:I would like to put in a vote for Evanston Chicken Shack. Went there today and it was awesome. The chicken was so crispy and juicy. I went to Harold's #44 yesterday and it was good, but this is better. I wish I had a camera. Plus, the fries are crinkly and well seasoned. I will have to try more places on your list but as for now, ECS rules.


    I agree. When it comes to fried chicken, ECS and Hecky's (Fried chicken only...no BBQ) are quite the dynamic duo. Located within blocks of each other. Who'd a thunk that Evanston would be a fried chicken Mecca.
    Steve Z.

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  • Post #34 - August 24th, 2007, 7:36 pm
    Post #34 - August 24th, 2007, 7:36 pm Post #34 - August 24th, 2007, 7:36 pm
    Terrasini wrote:I would like to put in a vote for Evanston Chicken Shack. Went there today and it was awesome. The chicken was so crispy and juicy. I went to Harold's #44 yesterday and it was good, but this is better. I wish I had a camera. Plus, the fries are crinkly and well seasoned. I will have to try more places on your list but as for now, ECS rules.
    I am a big fan of the Chicken Shack also. I like the funky worn ambience and neighborhood friendliness of the Chicken Shack better than the pristine newness of Harold's #44. I also think their sweet moist fried catfish is probably the best around. However, when it comes to the Chicken, I can't decide which I like better. They are both very good. It seems my current favorite depends on which I ate last. I do think Harold's holds up better in the fridge overnight.

    Although both places are from the same school of crispy chicken frying, and both serve very plump juicy birds, the end product is very different. The Shack's chicken has a lighter spicier golden coating, whereas #44's yardbird has a deep brown toasty thick crunchiness. I think I like them both equally, but for different reasons. One day I will try them side-by-side. I don't know why people are always obssessed with finding the "best" of something, but I guess it gives us an excuse to keep trying new places and retrying old ones.

    Anyhow, if you are a fan of catfish, ECS does have the best (at least the best in Evanston).
  • Post #35 - August 25th, 2007, 8:15 am
    Post #35 - August 25th, 2007, 8:15 am Post #35 - August 25th, 2007, 8:15 am
    I agree that Stanley's hits the spot. The mashed potatoes I had were decent, as well.

    Wishbone has pan fried chicken 3 nights a week. It's not great fried chicken, but it's good fried chicken, and satisfied my craving.

    Joe's Steak and Stone Crab is an unexpected venue for good fried chicken. I was there one night -- didn't want a steak and ordered the chicken instead. It was nicely breaded, well flavored and spiced, and even the white meat was moist.
  • Post #36 - June 18th, 2008, 8:26 pm
    Post #36 - June 18th, 2008, 8:26 pm Post #36 - June 18th, 2008, 8:26 pm
    I will forever hate myself for never making it to Hollyhock Hill while I lived in Indianapolis.

    Be that as it may, here are my favorite chicken spots:

    1) MacArthurs - Perfectly seasoned, juicy chicken with semi-soft, semi-crunchy skin. The last 3 times i went there i swore chicken couldn't get any better, but each visit has found me ordering two chicken dinners. . .and some to go. lol. I highly recommend the Mac n Cheese side, as its my favorite mac n cheese in Chicagoland.

    2) Stanley's - this may be the highest quality of chicken that i've had prepared fried. . at least it seemed that way to me. Mildly seasoned and crisp, with even the white meat considerable moist and juicy. The mac n cheese had a garlicky afterglow that was fantastic. . .it may actually be better mac than MacArthurs.

    I'll have to revisit the Evanston Chicken Shack this weekend.
  • Post #37 - June 18th, 2008, 8:32 pm
    Post #37 - June 18th, 2008, 8:32 pm Post #37 - June 18th, 2008, 8:32 pm
    Ina's on west Randolph has the best and healthiest fried chicken. Combine it with the garlic mashed potatoes....can't get much better... take the advice from someone who has tried all the other spots....
  • Post #38 - June 18th, 2008, 9:09 pm
    Post #38 - June 18th, 2008, 9:09 pm Post #38 - June 18th, 2008, 9:09 pm
    Can't say that these are the best, but they are definitely my favorite....

    Harold's Chicken Shack in RP on Clark and Pratt is killer. Excellent fried chicken. Always fresh, always moist, never slimy. Fries range from great to so-so, but who cares when the chicken is so damn excellent. 1/2 Dark with hot sauce on the side is my usual order.

    Broast chicken from Khan BBQ. Not sure what they mean by "broast," this stuff is definitely fried. Excellent chicken, chopped to tiny bits, marinated, and fried hard. Delishus.

    Can anyone recommend some good chicharron de pollo? This was my favorite fried chicken to eat when I lived in Brooklyn.

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  • Post #39 - June 19th, 2008, 12:30 pm
    Post #39 - June 19th, 2008, 12:30 pm Post #39 - June 19th, 2008, 12:30 pm
    Broasting is some sort of deep-frying under pressure...

    http://www.broaster.com/
    Leek

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  • Post #40 - June 19th, 2008, 12:49 pm
    Post #40 - June 19th, 2008, 12:49 pm Post #40 - June 19th, 2008, 12:49 pm
    The first time I ordered/ate the broasted chicken at Kahn BBQ I though it was horrible - everything fried to a crisp and not much meat; almost all bone. My second experience of ordering the item was similar to the first - so I now avoid it. I go, I try but I haven't found anything I think is exceptional or at Kahn's - just "OK" food.
  • Post #41 - June 19th, 2008, 3:09 pm
    Post #41 - June 19th, 2008, 3:09 pm Post #41 - June 19th, 2008, 3:09 pm
    Bill wrote:The first time I ordered/ate the broasted chicken at Kahn BBQ I though it was horrible - everything fried to a crisp and not much meat; almost all bone. My second experience of ordering the item was similar to the first - so I now avoid it. I go, I try but I haven't found anything I think is exceptional or at Kahn's - just "OK" food.
    Wow, sorry to hear that. Khan's is now my favorite place on Devon, and a standard order of half a "broast chicken," chicken boti, tandoori naan, maybe some rice (plain if you don't require the pricier frontier versions with meat), and perhaps a spicy daal or aloo palak -- to round out your curry-esque needs -- can be just the thing for a party of three or four. Any other place you vastly prefer on Devon?
  • Post #42 - June 19th, 2008, 3:10 pm
    Post #42 - June 19th, 2008, 3:10 pm Post #42 - June 19th, 2008, 3:10 pm
    the best and healthiest fried chicken


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  • Post #43 - June 19th, 2008, 3:20 pm
    Post #43 - June 19th, 2008, 3:20 pm Post #43 - June 19th, 2008, 3:20 pm
    Mike G wrote:
    the best and healthiest fried chicken


    CONTRADICTION ALERT



    I was thinking the same thing.
  • Post #44 - June 19th, 2008, 4:46 pm
    Post #44 - June 19th, 2008, 4:46 pm Post #44 - June 19th, 2008, 4:46 pm
    Broasted Chicken is essentially frying chicken under pressure, and its rare to find spots that offer it. Restaurants generally dont offer broasted chickne because the equipment is apparently much more expenseive than a fryer.More often than not, when a place offers "broasted" chicken they are incorrectly asserting that their rotisserie chicken is broasted chicken.

    I lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years and broasted chicken spots were like Starbucks out there.

    At any rate, the high heat under pressure allows the chicken's skin to seal in the juices better than frying (from what i understand), which usuallly means that your white meat is as juicy as the dark meat, and doesn't dry out.

    Here's a list of broaster chicken spots I know of:

    1) Chicken Bowl (Melrose Park)
    2) Nano's Pizza (Morton Grove)
    3) JD Kadds Pizza/BBQ (Park Ridge)
    4) Bob's BBQ (Rogers Park)
  • Post #45 - June 19th, 2008, 4:48 pm
    Post #45 - June 19th, 2008, 4:48 pm Post #45 - June 19th, 2008, 4:48 pm
    STOP THE PRESSES!

    I just called Stanley's since i had their chicken last week and thought it was quite "broasty" as opposed to fried. . and guess what??

    Stanley's prepares their chicken in a broaster. :shock:

    [cue suspenseful cliffhanger music] :mrgreen:
  • Post #46 - June 19th, 2008, 5:03 pm
    Post #46 - June 19th, 2008, 5:03 pm Post #46 - June 19th, 2008, 5:03 pm
    Ghazi wrote:I lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years and broasted chicken spots were like Starbucks out there.


    Odd that you mention this. Saudi Arabia's the first place I ever ate broasted chicken.
  • Post #47 - June 19th, 2008, 5:36 pm
    Post #47 - June 19th, 2008, 5:36 pm Post #47 - June 19th, 2008, 5:36 pm
    I had a baby tooth come out in a piece of broasted chicken. It was annoying to eat the chicken with a loose tooth, much better when it came out and there was just a gap. We always went to this place for broasted chicken and spaghetti, and dipped the chicken into the spaghetti sauce.
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  • Post #48 - June 19th, 2008, 6:03 pm
    Post #48 - June 19th, 2008, 6:03 pm Post #48 - June 19th, 2008, 6:03 pm
    Ghazi wrote:Here's a list of broaster chicken spots I know of:

    1) Chicken Bowl (Melrose Park)
    2) Nano's Pizza (Morton Grove)
    3) JD Kadds Pizza/BBQ (Park Ridge)
    4) Bob's BBQ (Rogers Park)


    Another spot is Chicken Inn on Milwaukee near Howard.
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  • Post #49 - June 19th, 2008, 9:21 pm
    Post #49 - June 19th, 2008, 9:21 pm Post #49 - June 19th, 2008, 9:21 pm
    Ghazi wrote:Broasted Chicken is essentially frying chicken under pressure, and its rare to find spots that offer it.



    i believe KFC prepares their chicken in a pressure fryer as well.
  • Post #50 - June 19th, 2008, 9:35 pm
    Post #50 - June 19th, 2008, 9:35 pm Post #50 - June 19th, 2008, 9:35 pm
    The original recipe, yes they do.
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  • Post #51 - June 20th, 2008, 8:10 am
    Post #51 - June 20th, 2008, 8:10 am Post #51 - June 20th, 2008, 8:10 am
    Crisp (2940 N Broadway Ave) also pressure fries their chicken.

    as does CND (205 E. Grand Ave)
  • Post #52 - June 20th, 2008, 12:22 pm
    Post #52 - June 20th, 2008, 12:22 pm Post #52 - June 20th, 2008, 12:22 pm
    I lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years and broasted chicken spots were like Starbucks out there.


    I grew up in rural Iowa, and broasted chicken was everywhere. The similarities between Iowa & Saudi Arabia are uncanny.
  • Post #53 - June 20th, 2008, 12:55 pm
    Post #53 - June 20th, 2008, 12:55 pm Post #53 - June 20th, 2008, 12:55 pm
    I grew up near where the Chicken Bowl is located and loved the broasted chicken there it was super crispy, moist and juicy inside and perfectly seasoned granted this was years ago but if memory serves it was yummy. something that has not been mentioned yet is the broasted potatoes some how when they are broasted they get this kinda skin on them. They are served in wedges and the entire potato has the skin im pretty sure they dont dip them in any thing prior to dropping them in the broaster... that was a good potato!!!
  • Post #54 - June 20th, 2008, 1:11 pm
    Post #54 - June 20th, 2008, 1:11 pm Post #54 - June 20th, 2008, 1:11 pm
    I'm sure I've linked this before, but this Slate piece explains what the deal is with broasted chicken.

    http://www.slate.com/id/1003261/

    (Short answer: back before franchising and national branding totally took over, it was common for companies to sign you up as an affiliate but for you to retain your store name (which presumably had cachet in your own market). You'd get the advantage of the national brand name (Rexall Drugs are guaranteed pure), the cost advantages of group buying power (Ace Hardware), or in the case of both Kentucky Fried Chicken and Broasted Chicken, a proprietary process which made it easier for less-trained employees to cook pretty good fried chicken to a consistent standard in less time, but you'd still be your business under your name, unlike a McDonald's or a 7-11 today.)
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  • Post #55 - June 21st, 2008, 8:41 am
    Post #55 - June 21st, 2008, 8:41 am Post #55 - June 21st, 2008, 8:41 am
    stevez wrote:
    Ghazi wrote:Here's a list of broaster chicken spots I know of:

    1) Chicken Bowl (Melrose Park)
    2) Nano's Pizza (Morton Grove)
    3) JD Kadds Pizza/BBQ (Park Ridge)
    4) Bob's BBQ (Rogers Park)


    Another spot is Chicken Inn on Milwaukee near Howard.


    I remember applying for a job at the original White Fence Farm when I was barely legal to work and seeing their pressure cookers. The things looked like small submarines and were big enough that'd it be feasible to crawl inside of one.

    They're also on the list of places that broast their chicken. (Although I seem to recall that the second fry is done in a standard deep fryer.)
    -Pete
  • Post #56 - June 21st, 2008, 10:00 am
    Post #56 - June 21st, 2008, 10:00 am Post #56 - June 21st, 2008, 10:00 am
    According to the Broaster company website, these places sell "Genuine Broaster" chicken:

    1. CND GYROS (0 miles)
    205 E GRAND AVE
    CHICAGO IL 60611
    Phone: 312-467-4195
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    2. POTASH BROS SUPERMARKET (0.6 miles)
    1525 N CLARK ST
    CHICAGO IL 60601
    Phone: 312-337-7537
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    3. POTASH BROS. SUPERMARKET (0.8 miles)
    875 N STATE ST
    CHICAGO IL 60610
    Phone: 312-266-4200
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    4. TONY RICCO'S RIVER NORTH (0.8 miles)
    416 W ONTARIO
    CHICAGO IL 60610
    Phone: 312-787-1400
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    5. JOHN'S RED HOTS (1.1 miles)
    160 N HALSTED
    CHICAGO IL 60606
    Phone: 312-226-7769
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    6. PHIL & LOU'S (1.8 miles)
    1104 W MADISON
    CHICAGO IL 60607
    Phone: 312-455-0070
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    7. BIALY CAFE (2.5 miles)
    1421 W CHICAGO AVE
    CHICAGO IL 60622
    Phone: 312-733-7165
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    8. NORWEIGIAN AMERICAN HOSP (2.5 miles)
    1044 N FRANCISCO
    CHICAGO IL 60622
    Phone: 773-292-8200
    Type of Location: Institution

    9. STANLEY'S (2.6 miles)
    1970 N LINCOLN
    CHICAGO IL 60614
    Phone: 312-642-0007
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    10. VETERANS CANTEEN SERV 537 (3.4 miles)
    820 S DAMEN
    CHICAGO IL 60612
    Phone: 312-666-6500

    11. SPARTA GYRO (3.6 miles)
    3202 N BROADWAY
    CHICAGO IL 60657
    Phone: 773-549-4210
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    12. PETE'S FRESH MARKET (3.9 miles)
    2526 W CERMAK
    CHICAGO IL 60608
    Phone: 773-254-8400
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    13. CHICAGO FOOD COURTS (5.9 miles)
    1000 W 35TH ST
    CHICAGO IL 60609
    Phone: 773-579-1900
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    14. PIZZA NOVA EXPRESS (5.9 miles)
    558 W 43RD ST
    CHICAGO IL 60609
    Phone: 773-548-5100
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    15. PIZZA TANGO (5.9 miles)
    2859 W CERMAK
    CHICAGO IL 60623
    Phone: 312-421-2111
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    16. CHARCOAL DELIGHTS (6.6 miles)
    3139 W FOSTER AVE
    CHICAGO IL 60625
    Phone: 773-583-0056
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    17. MARCO'S BEEF (7 miles)
    6008 W FULLERTON AVE
    CHICAGO IL 60639
    Phone: 773-745-1015
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    18. ANNETTE'S BROASTER ENTERPRISES (7 miles)
    11612 W ROSEHILL DRIVE
    CHICAGO IL 60660
    Phone: 773-469-0900

    19. STAROPOLSKA (7.2 miles)
    5247-49 W BELMONT
    CHICAGO IL 60641
    Phone: 773-736-5230
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    20. BAR-B-QUE BOB'S (9 miles)
    2055 W HARVARD
    CHICAGO IL 60645
    Phone: 773-761-1260
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    21. A. V. POPPERS (9.2 miles)
    5341 S ARCHER
    CHICAGO IL 60629
    Phone: 773-585-5260
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    22. PAPA T'S (9.2 miles)
    2843 W 63 RD ST
    CHICAGO IL 60629
    Phone: 773-436-2100
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    23. PETE'S MARKET (9.2 miles)
    5724 S KEDZIE
    CHICAGO IL 60629
    Phone: 773-925-6200
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    24. TATRA INN (9.2 miles)
    6040 S PULASKI
    CHICAGO IL 60629
    Phone: 773-582-8313
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    25. THE RIB JOINT (10.3 miles)
    432 E 87TH ST
    CHICAGO IL 60619
    Phone: 773-651-4108
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    26. JOLLY INN (10.3 miles)
    6501 W IRVING PARK
    CHICAGO IL 60634
    Phone: 773-736-7606
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    27. P. J. KLEMS (11.7 miles)
    8000 W ODGEN
    LYONS IL 60534
    Phone: 708-447-4343
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    28. TOM'S CARRYOUTS (11.7 miles)
    3840 S HARLEM
    LYONS IL 60534
    Phone: 708-442-9331
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    29. J D KADDS (11.9 miles)
    805 W NORTHWEST HWY
    PARK RIDGE IL 60068
    Phone: 847-825-3125
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    30. SAWA'S OLD WARSAW (12.6 miles)
    9200 CERMAK RD
    BROADVIEW IL 60153
    Phone: 708-343-9040
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    31. THEODORE'S RESTAURANT (12.6 miles)
    2501W 95TH STREET
    EVERGREEN PARK IL 60805
    Phone: 708-425-2020
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    32. JJ'S FISH (12.8 miles)
    10325 S TORRENCE
    CHICAGO IL 60617
    Phone: 773-375-0500
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    33. MAYA'S PIZZA (12.8 miles)
    8550 S COMMERCIAL
    CHICAGO IL 60617
    Phone: 773-221-9313
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    34. PETE'S MARKET (12.8 miles)
    3554 E 118TH ST
    CHICAGO IL 60617
    Phone: 773-646-6400
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    35. GIOACCHINO'S (13.2 miles)
    5201 ST CHARLES RD
    BELLWOOD IL 60104
    Phone: 708-544-0380
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    36. FOUR SEASONS (13.3 miles)
    9700 FRANKLIN AVE
    FRANKLIN PARK IL 60131
    Phone: 847-455-8555
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    37. THE GREAT ESCAPE ON IRVING INC. (13.3 miles)
    9540 IRVING PARK ROAD
    SCHILLER PARK IL 60176
    Phone: 847-671-7171
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    38. BILL'S PLACE (13.6 miles)
    1146 MAPLE AVE
    LA GRANGE PARK IL 60526
    Phone: 708-352-6730
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    39. DICOLA'S SEAFOOD (13.6 miles)
    10754 S WESTERN
    CHICAGO IL 60643
    Phone: 773-238-7071
    Type of Location: Convenience Store

    40. COCHIARO'S PIZZA (14 miles)
    107A E GRAND AVE
    MELROSE PARK IL 60164
    Phone: 708-562-0021
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    41. SQUAB'S (14 miles)
    2348 N MANIHEIM RD
    MELROSE PARK IL 60164
    Phone: 847-455-5205
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    42. M.C. BOPPERS (14.3 miles)
    9940 SOUTHWEST HWY
    OAK LAWN IL 60453
    Phone: 708-422-6226
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    43. CHARCOAL DELIGHTS (16.1 miles)
    1090 E OAKTON
    DES PLAINES IL 60018
    Phone: 847-803-2777
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    44. GOODE & FRSH PIZZA BAKERY (16.2 miles)
    1336 WAUKEGAN ROAD
    GLENVIEW IL 60025
    Phone: 847-724-0520
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    45. DILEO'S PIZZERIA (16.3 miles)
    193 E BUTTERFIELD RD
    ELMHURST IL 60126
    Phone: 630-782-5700
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    46. YORKY'S (16.3 miles)
    836 N YORK
    ELMHURST IL 60126
    Phone: 630-530-2776
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    47. THE RAIL GRILL (16.8 miles)
    2239 W VERMONT ST
    BLUE ISLAND IL 60406
    Phone: 708-597-4343
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    48. D'AGOSTINO'S PIZZA & PUB (16.9 miles)
    2350 LEHIGH AVENUE
    GLENVIEW IL 60026
    Phone: 847-729-0909

    49. AVIANA (17 miles)
    11142 S SOUTHWEST HWY
    PALOS HILLS IL 60465
    Phone: 708-974-2290
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    50. COCHIARO'S (18.9 miles)
    305 E IRVING PARK RD
    WOOD DALE IL 60191
    Phone: 630-350-5600
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    51. WHAT ABOUT BOB'S BAR & GR (19 miles)
    3949 HOHMAN AVE
    HAMMOND IN 46327
    Phone: 219-937-0452

    52. PAPA PASSERO'S (19.5 miles)
    6326 S CASS AVE
    WESTMONT IL 60559
    Phone: 630-963-7660
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    53. UNCLE BUB'S HICKORY SMK (19.5 miles)
    132 S. CASS AVE.
    WESTMONT IL 60559
    Phone: 630-493-9000
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    54. DUNDEE PIZZA & GRILL (19.6 miles)
    2833 W DUNDEE ROAD
    NORTHBROOK IL 60062
    Phone: 847-498-4080
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    55. GARDEN FRESH MARKET (19.6 miles)
    275 SKOKIE BLVD
    NORTHBROOK IL 60062
    Phone: 847-272-0300
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    56. SUNSET FOODS (19.6 miles)
    1127 CHURCH ST
    NORTHBROOK IL 60062
    Phone: 847-272-7700
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    57. BILLY'S (19.7 miles)
    705 S ADDISON RD
    ADDISON IL 60101
    Phone: 630-833-1052
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    58. GLENDALE CATERING (19.7 miles)
    926 S WESTWOOD
    ADDISON IL 60101
    Phone: 630-628-0171
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    59. VANTIL'S SUPERMARKET DELI (20.4 miles)
    2635 169TH ST
    HAMMOND IN 46320
    Phone: 219-844-5415

    60. BIRCH RIVER GRILL (22 miles)
    75 W ALGONQUIN
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS IL 60005
    Phone: 847-364-7600
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    61. ANTON'S FRUIT RANCH (22 miles)
    300 SKOKIE VALLEY RD
    HIGHLAND PARK IL 60035
    Phone: 847-831-9580
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    62. SUNSET FOODS (22 miles)
    1812 GREEN BAY RD
    HIGHLAND PARK IL 60035
    Phone: 847-432-4188
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    63. HACKNEY'S (23 miles)
    241 S MILWAUKEE AVE
    WHEELING IL 60090
    Phone: 847-537-2100
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    64. ARBOR HILL RESTAURANT (24.4 miles)
    1920 E OGDEN AVE
    LISLE IL 60532
    Phone: 630-810-0418
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    65. BONO'S (24.4 miles)
    2029 OGDEN
    LISLE IL 60532
    Phone: 630-969-2333
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    66. PELICAN HARRY'S (24.9 miles)
    14807 S FOUNDERS CROSSING
    HOMER GLEN IL 60491
    Phone: 708-301-5555
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    67. SUNSET FOODS (26.5 miles)
    825 S WAUKEGAN RD
    LAKE FOREST IL 60045
    Phone: 847-234-8380
    Type of Location: Supermarket

    68. THE LANTERN (26.5 miles)
    768 NORTH WESTERN
    LAKE FOREST IL 60045
    Phone: 847-234-9844
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    69. BONO'S PUB (26.7 miles)
    551 S BOLINGBROOK DRIVE
    BOLINGBROOK IL 60440
    Phone: 630-759-8595
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    70. GRIFFITH MEATS (27.1 miles)
    507 E 45TH ST
    GRIFFITH IN 46319
    Phone: 219-838-0458
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    71. TONY'S STEAMERS (27.2 miles)
    27 W 213 GENEVA
    WINFIELD IL 60190
    Phone: 630-665-2050
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    72. HERITAGE PIZZA (28.2 miles)
    924 S STATE
    LOCKPORT IL 60441
    Phone: 815-838-4321
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    73. BOSTON BLACKIES (28.2 miles)
    916 S RTE 59
    NAPERVILLE IL 60540
    Phone: 630-717-5555
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    74. DEERCREEK GOLF COURSE (28.3 miles)
    25055 WESTERN AVE
    UNIVERSITY PARK IL 60466
    Phone: 708-672-6667
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    75. POP'S ITALIAN BEEF & SAUSAGE (28.7 miles)
    7151 ROUTE US 30
    DYER IN 46311
    Phone: 219-865-0202
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    76. NAPERVILLE PIZZA (28.8 miles)
    227 E OGDEN AVE
    NAPERVILLE IL 60563
    Phone: 630-357-9000
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    77. LAKE STATION MOBIL (28.9 miles)
    3600 CENTRAL AVENUE
    LAKE STATION IN 46405
    Phone: 219-962-5576
    Type of Location: Convenience Store

    78. LUKE OIL #242 (29.2 miles)
    212 U.S. HWY 41
    SCHERERVILLE IN 46375
    Phone: 219-322-7627
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    79. ROSINIS PIZZA (29.2 miles)
    1910 US HWY 41
    SCHERERVILLE IN 46375
    Phone: 219-322-1822
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    80. HARRY'S NEW TOWN (29.6 miles)
    12 E 33RD PLACE
    STEGER IL 60475
    Phone: 708-755-4515
    Type of Location: Restaurant

    Doubtless there are other pressure-fryer systems out there, however.
  • Post #57 - July 8th, 2008, 9:29 am
    Post #57 - July 8th, 2008, 9:29 am Post #57 - July 8th, 2008, 9:29 am
    Really good food. Not for the health conscious, though....
    Eat and Run


    http://chicago.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?restaurantid=11272
  • Post #58 - July 8th, 2008, 10:08 am
    Post #58 - July 8th, 2008, 10:08 am Post #58 - July 8th, 2008, 10:08 am
    I also grew up eating Chicken Bowl in Melrose Park, not the same as fried chicken, but delicous. Big pieces, juicy, not greasy. Also forgive me but I love Popeye's spicy. I have always heard a rumor that the Popeye's in New Orleans taste different. in my many trips there I have still yet to try it. Another place I have always loved the chicken from was Coumo Catering in Northlake. Mom would always use this company for large parties when we lived in Melrose Park, it was a breaded and possibly Baked/fried??? but was always yummmy. ? I Kow they are not Southern fried but just wanted to add my favorites.
    Joey B
  • Post #59 - September 16th, 2008, 5:22 pm
    Post #59 - September 16th, 2008, 5:22 pm Post #59 - September 16th, 2008, 5:22 pm
    LTh,

    Don't know about best in Chicagoland, but I was dead shocked at the deliciousness of the Sunday Special Fried Chicken at L Woods. Crisp, greaseless terrifically crunchy crust, meaty moist chicken, even the extra large breast was juicy, with an even distribution of flavor suggesting the bird spent time in a brine.

    Fried Chicken, Sunday Special at L Woods

    Image

    Couple the fried chicken with onion strings, a JimInLoganSquare worthy biscuit drizzled with fragrant honey and I have a new arrow in my fried yard bird quiver.

    Biscuit

    Image

    My wife and I ate at the bar, Cubs game was on and she is a life long fan, had multiple interesting conversations, a solid chopped salad, just ok coconut cake and a bone in rib eye for my bride that was ~fine~, but made me remember why I prefer either a top tier steak house such as David Burke or my own back yard for steak.

    Overall a surprisingly enjoyable experience at L Woods and the fried chicken was terrific, Sundays only though.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    L Woods
    7110 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Lincolnwood IL, 60712
    847-677-3350
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #60 - September 17th, 2008, 8:36 am
    Post #60 - September 17th, 2008, 8:36 am Post #60 - September 17th, 2008, 8:36 am
    joeyb708 wrote: Also forgive me but I love Popeye's spicy. I have always heard a rumor that the Popeye's in New Orleans taste different. in my many trips there I have still yet to try it. Joey B


    I've tried it and there really isn't much of a difference. For me (and I know this isn't Chicago), the best fried chicken resides in Tennessee at Gus'. I haven't been to the original Mason location but I have been to the Memphis location and think about it every time someone mentions Memphis. For sure, it will be my first stop when I find myself in the vicinity of that town. http://www.seriouseats.com/2007/08/the-best-fried-chicken-might-b.html

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