Fried chicken is a southern staple – or is it? Some of the best fried chicken actually comes out of the kitchens of Pittsburgh establishments. Read on for five of the mouth mouth watering, finger-lickin-good chicken recipes.
Meat & Potatoes
649 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
First on our list is the eponymous gastropub slash unicorn factory (or so what seems as evidenced by what comes out of this incredible establishment’s kitchen), fondly referred to as Meat & Potatoes. Opened for the restaurateur that craves comforting, American fare and a rockin’ spirit selection, Meat & Potatoes serves a familiar, yet eclectic, selection. At the top of M&P’s brunch menu is its fried chicken and waffles – served with your choice of white or dark meat, in a fervently seasoned and breaded package, the fried chicken crowns M&P’s homemade jalapeno/cheese waffle, and is topped with a syrup made with bacon. Yeah, let that sink in.
Carmi Family Restaurant
917 Western Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Voted “Best Soul Food in Pennsylvania”, and “Best Fried Chicken in Pittsburgh,” Carmi Family Restaurant has been serving lip smackin’ meals to its loyal customers since 2011. From shrimp ‘n grits, to warm cornbread and collard greens, and delectable mac ‘n cheese, this family-owned and operated establishment is true to its southern roots, from its friendly staff, to its charming atmosphere. Visit for true hospitality, but stay for Carmi’s fried chicken – made with corn flour breading, this little chick falls right off the bone. Pair it with one of Carmi’s award-winning sides for a true trip to Southern Nirvana.
117 Oakland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Korean fried chicken? Yes, please! A little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot crispy, this unique take on American cuisine is absolutely delectable. Order yours with pickled ginger and a side of Takoyaki, and leave completely satisfied. If Pittsburgh was missing anything from its haute-cuisine repartee, it was, hands down, Korean fried chicken. And, don’t forget the bubble tea!
242 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Surely an establishment with a name like Noodlehead inspires visions of carb-guts, and not everyone’s favorite fried poultry, correct? Wrong. Hands down, the most popular dish at Noodlehead is cleverly named Street Food #1, and is a heaping plate of rice noodle topped with a fried chicken cutlet, and sprinkled with bok choy and cilantro. With nothing over $9.00, your tummy and wallet will thank you for eating at Noodlehead.
Hook Fish & Chicken
1221 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
If you’ve reached the end of this list disappointed with lack of simple fried chicken establishments, have no fear. Hook Fish & Chicken is where it’s at if all you’re looking for is true, simple, down-home fried chicken. As far as chicken dinners are concerned, this little ma-and-pa restaurant offer gizzards, nuggets, tenders, and wings which come in small and large sizes. Wing dinners are available from three wings up to 150 wings. HFC also offers chicken and fish combos including catfish and wings, perch and wings, catfish cutlets and chicken tenders, and perch and chicken tenders.
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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.