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Discover the Best Fried Chicken in Washington DC

The nation's capital of Washington, D.C. not only forms the epicenter of power and politics but has also become a hub for award-winning cuisine. Restaurants with the best fried chicken in DC attract politicians and plebeians alike looking for traditional favorites or creative concoctions. But where are the city's smartest, savviest diners headed out to when seeking the best fried chicken in DC? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together this comprehensive list of the best fried chicken in DC. Featuring everything from modern styles to classic recipes, the city on the Potomac has every type of fried chicken dish under the sun. Grab a table and enjoy dinner there tonight!

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12 Restaurants
Updated 10 January 2020
Restaurants:Central Michel Richard, Bar Pilar, St. Anselm - DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter, Logan Circle, Mount Vernon
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Central Michel Richard

$$$$
American
Penn Quarter
4.6
7420 reviews

One of the top restaurants in the capital city, this acclaimed spot features some of the best fried chicken in DC. The brainchild of celebrated chef Michel Richard, Central Michel Richard boasts a menu of "Michel's Classics." Try the fried chicken with mashed potatoes, grilled branzino with sauce Vierge, or hanger steak with french fries. The American-French accented favorites include Osso Bucco with polenta cakes and short rib bourguignon along with mashed potatoes. Bouillabaisse features branzino, shrimp, mussels, and clams. Pair dinner with a classic cocktail or one of the restaurant's featured Arnold Palmers.


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Bar Pilar

$$$$
Contemporary American
Logan Circle
4.5
429 reviews

Washington D.C. is a city known for fine brunch options, and Bar Pilar is right up at the top of the list. Fried chicken dishes are highlights on the Bar Pilar brunch menu. Head in during the brunch hour for the buttermilk fried chicken pancake, made with maple-roasted pork belly and pickled jalapenos. The crispy fried chicken sandwich features bacon, avocado, and mango guacamole with mixed greens. Try throwing the fried chicken in with one of the restaurant's signature green papaya salad with fried noodles and peanuts. A "French toast supremo" boasts cheesy scrambled eggs with bacon maple syrup.


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St. Anselm - DC

$$$$
Contemporary American
Mount Vernon
4.8
2876 reviews

A refined and classic spot in Mt. Vernon, St. Anselm features a menu full of hearty grilled favorites. Look to the "Bigs from the Grill" section for standouts. Crispy young "BoBo" chicken includes the house "mumbo sauce." A venison chop features grilled pear butter, and the restaurant's specialty tuna steak comes with a chanterelle mushroom vinaigrette. The beef dishes are house favorites. Try the butcher's steak with garlic butter, or skirt steak with grilled tomato vinaigrette. Pair the meal with one of St. Anselm's excellent beers on draft. Try the robust porter "Haxan" from Right Proper or the "Citra Splendor" IPA from Manor Hill Brewing.


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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$
Seafood
Logan Circle
4.7
1080 reviews

This Logan Circle favorite specializes in top-notch oysters and some of the best fried chicken in D.C. The fried chicken brings in a taste of Pennsylvania to the District. A "Pennsylvania Amish chicken dinner" boasts bacon-braised greens, salt-roasted potatoes, and creamy coleslaw. Other highlights of the fried menu include an oyster or shrimp po'boy and the shrimp dinner with classic tartar sauce. Don't miss the Pearl Dive's standout selection of oysters. The restaurant features signature "Old Black Salt" oysters from nearby Virginia and the "Cedar Island" oysters from Port Judith in Rhode Island.


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Chaplin

$$$$
Japanese
Shaw
4.6
1199 reviews

Take a trek to 1920s Asia with the inspired, creative Chaplin restaurant. A short walk away from Logan Circle, Chaplin is a stylish spot perfect for a night out with friends and family. Stop in to try some of the "crowd-pleaser" dumplings, like the fried chicken or fried shrimp shumai. Chicken katsu comes breaded and fried with spicy potato salad, broccoli, and curried coconut sauce. There's also a full menu of ramen favorites. Try the house-signature Chaplin, with pork belly chashu, stamina egg, scallions, and bean sprouts. Tori karaage is Japanese-style fried chicken with sweet and spicy sauce.


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Silver - Cathedral Commons

$$$$
American
Cleveland Park
4.3
781 reviews

A classic and sleek D.C. bistro, Silver is an after-work favorite with a lively crowd and creative menu. It also features some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Head to the "entrees" menu to find the fried chicken macaroni and cheese, with 24-hour brined chicken, cavatappi mac and cheese, and garlic green beans. For a twist on an old favorite, try the truffle bison meatloaf with dill fingerling potatoes and roasted pearl onions. A flaky and buttery chicken pot pie includes Cremini mushrooms, basil, and butternut squash. Try one of the local craft beers with dinner, like the "Citizen Belgian Ale" from D.C. Brau.


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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$
American
Penn Quarter
4.4
2576 reviews

The Penn Quarter outpost of this Washington bistro favorite offers some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Grab a seat in this lively, centrally-located bistro to enjoy the spicy fried chicken sandwich or the "burger supreme" with a short rib blend, raclette cheese, and watercress. Pasta lovers will find a home at The Smith. Go for the squid ink spaghetti, made with sauteed shrimp, calamari, and crumbled garlic bread. At lunchtime, try The Smith eggs Benedict. This twist on the classic includes Black Forest ham, an English muffin, and hollandaise sauce with poached eggs.


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Logan Tavern

$$$$
American
Logan Circle
4.3
1545 reviews

Logan Tavern is a bustling, lively favorite in the heart of one of D.C.'s most stylish and happening neighborhoods. This classic American-style bar includes a selection of traditional pub classics and a standout brunch menu. Head in for brunch to enjoy the restaurant's signature fried chicken benedict, with easy eggs, spicy hollandaise, and a biscuit. Lunchtime tavern-goers will find a chipotle fried chicken sandwich, Cali turkey wrap, and portabella and eggplant sandwich. The "winter burger" at Logan Tavern features a cumin-rubbed beef patty, apple and fennel slaw, and agave mustard.


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The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.7
782 reviews

Only a few blocks from the White House, the Jefferson Hotel is a favorite for the rich and powerful in D.C. Greenhouse is a prime dining spot with some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Take a seat under the restaurant's elegant skylight to enjoy some of Jefferson's fabled brunch meals. Fried chicken and waffles come with sweet tea-brined chicken breast and Tabasco butter. A cast iron-baked egg included tomato pepper ragout, spinach, and feta cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, the apple-cranberry cobbler features an oats crisp and lavender acacia honey.


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Tico DC & Nama 14 Sushi

$$$$
Latin American
U Street Corridor
4.5
1535 reviews

One of the coolest spits in Washington, this colorful Latin restaurant from celebrated chef Michael Scholw features some of the best fried chicken in D.C. Get a table in the graffiti-decorated dining room to try some of the lunch fried chicken tacos with fennel slaw and Fresno chiles. Stop in for brunch to try the must-have breakfast nachos, made with bacon, eggs, poblano, and cheese. A special Monday "Brunch After Dark" menu boasts favorites like home-made chorizo tacos and duck and green chile hash tacos.


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Mandu - K Street

$$$$
Korean
Mt. Vernon Square
4.5
578 reviews

Creative Korean dining comes to K Street at this District favorite. A comfortable and welcoming neighborhood place, Mandu offers a relaxing night out with some top Korean dishes. Try the "Dak Jim," spicy simmered chicken thigh, or the "Dak Kalguksoo" with wide noodles and pulled chicken. A bibimbap rice bowl includes assorted veggies, beef, and a sunny-side-up egg with gochujang. Head in for the late-night bar menu to try the Korean tacos or the "mandu," six pan-fried house dumplings


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Ted's Bulletin - 14th Street

$$$$
American
Logan Circle
4.6
601 reviews

A true Washington D.C. highlight, Ted's Bulletin is a must-go for locals and visitors. With a funky but gripping diner aesthetic and super-cool atmosphere, Ted's is a local favorite with a creative menu. Country-fried chicken includes a boneless breast, mashed potatoes, white gravy, and glazed carrots. The "timeless" menu includes short rib pot roast, fish and chips, meatloaf, and crab cakes. Head in for breakfast or brunch for the must-have, home-made frosted pop tarts.


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