Today is National Fried Chicken Day, according to somebody, and Columbus has no shortage of excellent local flavors of crispy goodness.
But how do you decide where to go?
To celebrate the holiday, consider checking out one of the top five local restaurants for fried chicken, according to Yelp.
Plucked Up Chicken and Biscuits serves chicken “any way you like it”— including expertly fried, of course. Open until 3 p.m. at 1208 First Avenue.
Minnie’s is a Columbus staple, and a winner of four 2017 Ledger-Enquirer Reader’s Choice Awards, including one for, you guessed it, fried chicken. Open until 2:30 p.m. at 104 8th St.
11th and Bay serves a fell menu of hearty dishes, which it describes as “traditional southern cuisine in a fun contemporary way.” 11th and Bay’s fried chicken is served with braised collards, Sea Island red peas, and spiced chutney. Open until 9:30 p.m., at 1050 Bay Avenue.
The Black Cow is a laid-back spot serving traditional southern food. They’ve got both fried chicken and grits and fried chicken and waffles, as well as a collection of fried po’boy sandwiches. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 115 12th Street.
Ezell’s is known for catfish, but this family-owned restaurant makes some mean fried chicken as well. They add beer batter and hot sauce to theirs for a little extra kick. Open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 4001 Warm Springs Rd.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE