By: Paul A. Greenberg and Louisiana Cookin’ magazine staff
I will let you in on one of my deep, dark secrets: I am a fried chicken addict. So once a year, at Mardi Gras, I saunter into Popeyes and over-order everything. With that in mind, and since almost every cooler on the parade route in any Louisiana city is packed with fried chicken, I decided to do the legwork for you and find Louisiana’s best fried chicken restaurants statewide.
NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER: This is tough, because they’re frying chicken on every corner in New Orleans. Named for the patron saint of cooks, the fried chicken at Saint Lawrence is a godsend to frequenters of New Orleans’ upper French Quarter. Golden, crispy, and particularly well-seasoned, the chicken is part of the restaurant’s seasonal approach to elevated pub fare and pairs delightfully with their seasonal squash medley and mile-high cornbread. Another feature that sets Saint Lawrence apart from its neighborhood competitors is its rotating selection of outstanding frozen daiquiris (the Pimm’s Cup daiquiri is a perennial favorite).