If many people were asked to name one dish that epitomizes Southern cuisine, there is a high likelihood a majority would answer fried chicken. Popular throughout all regions of the South, fried chicken carries a universal appeal, which is why it is frequently found on dinner tables, breakfast bars, and paper picnic plates from state to Southern state. Because there are so many regional options for one of America's most universally loved dishes, we asked Chef Jeffrey Gardner to pick seven restaurants serving the best fried chicken in the South. Here are his recommendations.
The Old Country Store - Lorman, Miss.
Old Country Store owner Arthur Davis (aka Mr. D.) won’t share the recipe for his secret spice “shake” with anyone, and for good reason. Whatever's in there, an application before and after the frying process ensures that salt and spices permeate the chicken with incredible flavor. From what I could gather, the chicken gets a substantial coating of spices and yellow mustard before being dredged in flour. The result is hands-down the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten. While their buffet offers plenty of delicious options, the fried chicken is the unequivocal star, prompting diners to drive from hours away to sample the goods.
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