While Chicago might be a long trek from the South, there are a few places that nail the tradition of fried chicken—biscuits, sauce, and all!
One of Chicago’s best kept secrets is Big Jones. This spot specializes in Southern heirloom cooking, bringing sustainability and heirloom crops and livestock to the history of Southern cuisine. The restaurant also offers a full bar and the Fried Chicken Special might just be one of the best deals around, with herb-brined chicken fried in ham drippings.
The Chicken Shack
This Evanston institution may look a bit shoddy, but this chicken is unbelievably seasoned with the perfect blend of salt and pepper. The barbecue sauce that accompanies it is flavorful and nuanced, and the biscuits are second to none. For a true treat, they will deliver to nearby beaches so you can indulge in a summer picnic.
The Roost Carolina Kitchen
Everything you know and love about southern food is perfectly epitomized at The Roost Carolina Kitchen. All of the food is made from scratch to ensure the freshness you crave. The fried chicken sandwich is the stuff dreams are made of. The chicken is lean, juicy, and well-spiced, the biscuit is fluffy and moist, and the fresh, light slaw adds the perfect crunch.