There's a sort of primitive pleasure to eating fried chicken. You're gnawing the bones to get at the last morsels of meat and your fingers are all covered in grease. It's real caveman stuff. Would you have it any other way, though? It's way more fun than using cutlery or even nibbling carefully at the edge of a burrito.

So choose a style (American? Korean?), a cut (thigh? wing?) and your spice level, and get stuck in.

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Head down a narrow alley and up a dingy stairwell for grungy vibes, fun wines and sensational burgers.

167 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Juanita Peaches

The birds are carved in-house, meaning every piece gets some decent meat on it.

12 Edward Street, Brunswick


When it landed in New York, Eater magazine named it the best fried chicken in the city. Now, it's here. It's tender, crisp fried chicken made using a method perfected over nearly 40 years.

G5 163 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Leonard’s House of Love

Fried in a classic blend of onion, garlic, paprika and cayenne.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

Belles Hot Chicken Fitzroy

Inspired by Nashville, the original home of hot chicken. True to form, the hottest variant here has been known to make people cry.

150 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Parlour Diner

Match with curly fries and jalapeño poppers.

64 Chapel Street, Windsor

Le Bon Ton

Take a chance and order something other than the usual slow-cooked meat.

51 Gipps Street, Collingwood
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Cheap and cheerful as they come.

100 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

F.A.T. (Fried and Tasty)

You can order a whole bucket of the stuff, KFC style.

360 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Truck Stop Deluxe

Fourteen secret herbs and spices. You listening, Mr Sanders?

98 Watton Street, Werribee

4Fingers Crispy Chicken

A “fast-casual” fried chicken restaurant drawing on the flavours of Koreatown, NYC.

189-191 Bourke Street, Melbourne